In a statement on Friday, Washington said it would slam visa ban on identified Ugandan officials believed to be complicit in undermining the country’s democratic process.
Washington’s threat is against the backdrop of the violent and oppressive build up and aftermath of the January general elections.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in the statement issued on Friday said that the actions of the President Museveni led government during the recent presidential elections undermined democracy and respect for human rights in Uganda.
Mr Blinken said that the actions perpetuated by the ruling government represents what he referred to as a ‘downward trajectory’ for the country’s democracy and its respect for human rights as acknowledged by the constitution.
”The Government of Uganda’s actions during the recent electoral process undermined democracy and respect for human rights,” Mr Blinken said.
The government of Uganda’s actions represent a continued downward trajectory for the country’s democracy and respect for human rights as recognised and protected by Uganda’s constitution,” he added.
Blinken said that actions of Ugandan security forces during the period led to loss of lives and injuries for innocent by standers and also opposition supporters. He also noted that opposition candidates were routinely harassed, arrested and held illegally without a charge.
The January election was held under unfair, unjust, oppressive and non-transparent conditions
These include unprecedented violence and vicious attacks orchestrated by state actors, violent disruptions and dispersions at opposing campaign events, extra-judicial killings of protesters and injuries inflicted on many opposition supporters and by-standers for merely expressing their fundamental rights to franchise and self determination.