Western Envoys In Uganda Walk Out Of Museveni Swearing-In

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Uganda President, Yoweri Museveni

There was mild drama at the Ugandan President’s inauguration in the capital Kampala where western delegations attending the ceremony walked out in protest.

US, European and Canadian diplomats left abruptly when Mr Museveni began making disparaging comments about the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The US State Department says they had also objected to the presence of Sudan’s Omar Al-Bashir at the ceremony. Mr Bashir is wanted by the ICC on charges of genocide.

Thursday’s inauguration – the fifth since Mr Museveni took power in 1986 – was attended by leaders from Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

In his address, Mr Museveni described the ICC as “a bunch of useless people” saying he no longer supports the institution.

U.S. Accuses Uganda Of Rights Violations

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Uganda President, Yoweri Museveni

The United States has accused Uganda of persistently violating the rights of its citizens and media in the aftermath of February’s presidential election.

The allegation of rights violations are the latest signs of worsening relations between western powers and Uganda, an ally in the fight against Islamists in the region.

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby, said in a statement that Uganda’s repeated detention of opposition figures and harassment of their supporters, and the government’s interference in a challenge of the poll results are “unacceptable activities in a free and democratic society”.

“The United States and Uganda have a long standing and strong partnership that has contributed to the stability and prosperity of the region.

“We are concerned that the Ugandan government’s recent actions could endanger the economic and political progress that has enabled our relationship to grow,” the statement said.

Uganda’s electoral commission declared 71-year-old incumbent president, Yoweri Museveni, the winner of the Feb. 18 election with 60% of the vote.

Kizza Besigye, who came in second with 35% and who is currently under house arrest, has rejected the results.

 

Yoweri Museveni Wins Uganda Presidential Election


UgandaPresident Yoweri Museveni has won a fifth term in office in the just concluded presidential elections in Uganda.

The electoral commission said that he won 60.75 per cent of the vote while his main opponent Kizza Besigye polled 35 per cent.

President Museveni will now serve another five years in office, having already been in power for 30 years.

According to BBC, supporters of the 71-year-old said that his opponents had failed to offer any chance of progress.

However, Mr Besigye, who was under house arrest, maintained that the election results were a ‘sham’, calling on the international community to reject them.

“We have just witnessed what must be the most fraudulent electoral process in Uganda,” he said in a statement.

The election observers from the European Union have also criticised the election.