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United States Vows To Take Action Against Uganda Election Riggers

The United States of America has through a statement from the spokesperson of the Department of State, Morgan Ortagus, said it will take action against all opposers of democracy in Uganda.

She stated this following the just concluded Ugandan Elections held on Thursday, with it’s results called on Saturday.

She said that the U.S Government is deeply troubled by excise of brute military force to violate human rights, coupled with Electoral malpractices during the elections.

Her statement read:

“The Ugandan people turned out to vote in multiparty national elections on January 14 despite an environment of intimidation and fear. We are deeply troubled by the many credible reports of security force violence during the pre-election period and election irregularities during the polls. We strongly urge independent, credible, impartial, and thorough investigations into these reports and that those responsible be held accountable. We condemn the continuing attacks on political candidates and urge the government to respect their human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of expression. We are gravely concerned by harassment of and continued threats to civil society. Finally, we note the continued nationwide shutdown of the Internet and call for its immediate restoration along with that of social media services.

“We urge all parties to reject violence and to use constitutional and legal means to address complaints. We call upon the Government of Uganda to respect freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly and to hold accountable members of the security forces responsible for violence and abuses. We reiterate our intention to pursue action against those responsible for the undermining of democracy and human rights in Uganda.”

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