Botswana Gov’t Refuse to Endorse Museveni Victory

Government of Botswana has refused to endorse president Museveni’s fifth term after winning presidential election last week.

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Museveni defeated seven presidential candidates after polling more than 60 percent of the votes. Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate Kizza Besigye who came second secured 35.4 percent, according to the electoral commission.

In a statement issued by the Botswana Ministry of Foreign affairs and International Cooperation yesterday, the government said it has taken note of the reports of international observer groups on the recent general election.

“The Government of Botswana has observed that based on the findings of some international observers, the elections were characterised by, amongst others; lack of transparency, reported incidents of intimidation and harassment, social media restrictions, as well as continuous arrests and detention of a prominent leader of the opposition,” the statement reads.

The European Union observer mission said the election had been conducted in an intimidating atmosphere, while Commonwealth observers said the poll “fell short of meeting some key democratic benchmarks.”

“Government of Botswana remains deeply concerned that such conduct during an election would have deeply undermined the norms of best practice governing democratic elections, as well as, the continent’s efforts towards consolidation of democracy,” the statement further noted.

However, Museveni has received congratulatory messages from Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, South Africa, Russia among other countries.