US Questions Uganda’s commitment to Democracy, Rule of Law

United States of America Mission in Kampala has questioned Uganda’s commitment to democratic governance ad rule of law.

US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah R. Malac
US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah R. Malac

“Harassment and detention of opposition witnesses undermines principles of just society, calls into question of Ugandan government commitment to democracy and rule of law,” a post on the US Embassy Kampala Facebook page reads.

Amama Mbabazi, an independent candidate in the just concluded presidential elections has claimed that witnesses in the Supreme Court case challenging re-election of president Museveni are being arrested by security agencies.

Addressing media yesterday, Mbabazi said Dominic Tibasimwa of Kamwenge District and Kasirye Joseph of Mukono were arrested because they had election rigging evidence.

Raid on offices of Mbabazi Lawyers

“We expect a full investigation into the alleged break-in to find those responsible,” The US ambassador Deborah Malac tweeted yesterday.

“Amama Mbabazi petition should be heard with impartiality and in accordance with Ugandan law.”

The offices of Counsel Muhammad Mbabazi and Fred Muwema who are representing Amama Mbabazi in the Supreme Court case were raided on Tuesday night by people who Mbabazi camp believes to be police agents.

However police has denied the allegations.

“Police has learnt of allegations of office breaking and theft to the Go Forward legal offices.  What we resent is how the politicians and in particular Counsel Muhammad Mbabazi are going around saying it is Police responsible for the break in.  It is not helpful at this stage for anybody to start insinuating that Police broke into office premises, because we did not do that,” Asan Kasingye said yesterday while addressing media.