The United States ambassador in Kampala was once blocked via protection personnel from traveling opposition chief Bobi Wine at his residence, prompting the mission to name his residence arrest a “worrying” sign.
Wine, whose actual identify is Robert Kyagulanyi, has been underneath residence arrest given that Thursday quickly after casting his ballot in the country’s presidential elections.
Incumbent Yoweri Museveni, 76, who has been in energy in view that 1986, was once declared winner of the ballot with 59% of the vote towards Wine’s 35%.
U.S. Ambassador Natalie E. Brown used to be stopped from travelling Kyagulanyi at his house in a suburb in the northern outskirts of the capital, the embassy stated in a assertion late on Monday.
Brown desired to take a look at on Wine’s “health and safety,” the mission said. Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo did now not choose up a Reuters’ name for comment.
Last week’s vote, the embassy said, used to be tainted through harassment of opposition candidates, suppression of media and rights advocates and a nationwide web shutdown.
“These illegal moves and the positive residence arrest of a presidential candidate continue a disturbing fashion on the direction of Uganda’s democracy,” it said.
The United States and the European Union did now not installation observer missions for the polls over denial of accreditations and failure via Ugandan authorities to put in force pointers through previous missions.
During the campaigning protection forces automatically broke up Wine’s rallies with teargas, bullets, beatings and detentions. They noted violations of legal guidelines supposed to curb the unfold of the coronavirus for these actions.
In November, fifty four human beings had been killed as protection forces quelled a protest that erupted after Wine was once detained for alleged violation of the anti-coronavirus measures.
Wine and his National Unity Platform (NUP) have rejected the outcomes and stated they had been planning a courtroom challenge.
On Monday protection forces cordoned off the party’s workplaces in the capital, a go the celebration said, is complicating their efforts to gather and put collectively proof of irregularities dedicated throughout the election.