The United Pan Africanist Movement globally, condemn in strongest terms the ruthless and brutal attack on peaceful protestors in Uganda following the unlawful and unprocedural arrest of Honourable Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, leader of the National Unity Platform, popularly known as Bobi Wine on accusation of violating COVID-19 regulations, by the Ugandan Police Force under President Yoweri Taguta Museveni’s government.
Over 16 people were reportedly killed, 350 arrested and dozens others wounded as police pounced on non-combatant civilians for merely protesting against unlawful arrests and poor service delivery in some cases.
We are disturbed by the use of lethal force to silence dissent, noting that it constitutes a crime against humanity.
We further note with concern the weaponisation of COVID- 19 restrictions to silence opponents.
As a signatory, Uganda must comply with regional and international law and protocols, criminalizing use of force to silence dissent.
The great people of Uganda must be allowed to express themselves freely and to choose leaders of their choice without fear or favor.
We further note that Ugandans have the right to assembly and freedom of political expression as enshrined in their supreme law.
Uganda which attained independence in October 1962, must not sink so low as to kill her own people for doing so will destroy her international image as an independent African state and her democratic credentials questioned.
The country further risks a pariah status, if her political leaders continue on this trajectory.
We warn that the use of force to cow citizens into submission will not be able to produce a level political field for a fair and credible electoral process.
We demand that opposition political movements in Uganda be allowed to campaign freely in accordance with the dictates of electoral democracy, as the nation head towards the watershed general elections in January 2021.
We further demand the release of all political prisoners including Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu of the National Unity Platform.
We appeal to the African Union and the Eastern African Community to monitor the situation in Uganda and guarantee peaceful, free and fair elections that will produce an undisputable legitimate leader, for peace and prosperity.
Danmore Chuma: Global Head – Media and Communication.
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