The President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni has accused the European Union of interfering in the internal matter of Uganda.
The European Parliament (EP) had deplored that the 14 January general elections in Uganda were neither democratic nor transparent. The Members of European Parliament (MEPs) also condemned the excessive use of force by the police and armed forces during the election and their growing interference in political affairs. The EP resolution condemned the violence, continued harassment and systematic crackdown faced by political opposition leaders in Uganda, as well as the suppression of civil society. All those arrested and detained for participating in peaceful political assemblies or for exercising their right to freedom of expression and association must be released immediately and unconditionally and have their charges dropped, says the text. Finally, Parliament reiterated that sanctions against individuals and organisations responsible for human rights violations in Uganda must be adopted under the new EU human rights sanction mechanism, the so-called EU Magnitsky Act.
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has now ordered the suspension of a multi-million dollar European Union fund operating in the country that supported local democracy and governance groups. “Asking Uganda to release suspects already before the courts of law is tantamount to undue interference with a legitimate judicial process,” government spokesman Ofwono Opondo was quoted by the Reuters news agency.