BRUSSELS, 21 January 2021 – The European Union has called for a probe into alleged abuses and the harassment of opposition candidates in the last legislative and presidential elections in Uganda.
The Brussels-based inter-governmental organization says it is very concerned by the continued harassment of the runner-up of the presidential election, pop star turned politician, Bobi Wine.
The EU also cited the harassment of journalists, civil rights activists and human rights lawyers.
The acts of harassment decried by the EU include the “de facto” house arrest of Bobi Wine ever since ballots were cast.
On Tuesday, Bobe Wine tweeted that he, his wife and a baby (his niece, who is with them) were running out of food in his home.
In the tweet, Bobi Wine, whose real names are Robert Kyagulanyi, pointed, among others to the fact that they had run out of milk and that no one was allowed to visit them at home and they were not allowed to leave their home.
The country’s electoral commission called the election in favor of Yoweri Museveni, 76, who has been in power since 1986.
Museveni was credited with nearly 59 percent of the votes cast, giving him a record sixth five-year term in office.
Bobi Wine, 38, finished in second place, credited with nearly 35 percent of the vote.
The EU lamented that the twin election was marred by harassment of the opposition, the suspension of media outlets, of the Internet and social media, as well as numerous bans or disruptions of opposition rallies.
The foreign ministers of the Brussels-based organization said the shutdown of the internet prevented election observers, journalists, observers and election monitoring experts from doing their job.
Observers from the European Union were not accredited to monitor the Ugandan election.
The United States withdrew its delegation after more than half of the American delegation was not accredited.
Ugandan officials accredited observers from the East African Community, the African Union and the Inter-Governmental Agency for Development.
The elections in Uganda were “deeply flawed”, the Congress of the United States was informed Tuesday during hearings for the confirmation of Anthony Blinken, who is US President Joe Biden’s pick for Secretary of State.