By Mable Nakibuuka
Reports that have just reached our news desk indicate that the United States of America, through the US embassy in Uganda, is ready extend to Bobi Wine all the support he needs to take on president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in court, to contest the results of the January 14 presidential election.
Musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine, real name Robert Kyagulanyi, disputed the presidential election results that were announced by the Electoral Commission (EC) and is set to file his petition at the Supreme Court tomorrow, Monday, February 1, 2021.
Whereas the EC announced that Museveni, of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), won the election with 6,042,898 votes with (58.38%), after beating Bobi Wine who scored 3,631,437 votes (35.08%), the NUP candidate maintains that the election was not free and fair, the reason why he wants to contest in court Museveni’s sixth term as Uganda’s president.
We have however established that the meeting which Bobi Wine held on Saturday with US ambassador to Uganda H.E Natalie E. Brown together with other embassy officials was meant to drum out ways of offering the NUP principal all the logistical support he needs in filing his petition and pursuing justice.
A statement from the US embassy about the meeting, which came days after Ambassador Brown had been blocked from visiting Bobi Wine at his Magere home, reads in part thus;
“Statement from U.S. Embassy Uganda on Ambassador Natalie E. Brown’s Meeting with Robert Kyagulanyi
“U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Natalie E. Brown held an introductory meeting with Ugandan National Unity Platform (NUP) President Robert Kyagulanyi January 30. They discussed the political situation in Uganda, the essential role that constructive political opposition plays in a democracy, the decades-long partnership between the people of Uganda and the United States, and the political transition in the United States.
“On the eve of African American History Month celebrated in the United States each February, they also discussed America’s continued effort to achieve the promise of liberty and justice for all, the important legacy of civil rights leaders and ordinary citizens who have dedicated their lives to advance that goal, and how these experiences have influenced others globally in the pursuit for more inclusive and representative societies.
“Ambassador Brown commended the participation of candidates from across Uganda’s political spectrum in the country’s recent elections while noting the United States’ deep and continuing concern about the extrajudicial detention of opposition political party members, the reported disappearance of several opposition supporters, and continued restrictions on the NUP’s operations.
“Ambassador Brown reiterated that the United States does not take sides or support any specific candidate or party in Uganda’s elections. She called for all political parties and their supporters to use constitutional, legal, and non-violent means to address complaints over election irregularities and emphasized U.S. support for the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly, and movement. Political violence, repression, and intimidation have no place in democracies.”
In the meeting which was also attended by NUP Secretary-General David Rubongoya, Ms Brown is said to have commended the participation of candidates from across Uganda’s political spectrum in the country’s recent elections while noting the United States’ “deep and continuing concern about the extrajudicial detention of opposition political party members, the reported disappearance of several opposition supporters, and continued restrictions on the NUP’s operations.”
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