Leader of the main opposition party in Uganda, Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert who is known popularly as Bobi Wine has issued a statement welcoming the visa restrictions issued by the United States against some Ugandan officials.
“The people of Uganda appreciate U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s announcement of visa restrictions on Ugandan officials who interfered with the recent elections. Bobi Wine said. He added that the sanction by the US government affirms concerns of rigging in the just ended election.
“The statement by the United States is an important recognition that the recent elections were neither free nor fair.” It sends an unequivocal message that although Gen. Museveni boasts of controlling all Ugandan institutions that would call him to account, the world is watching and is beginning to act.”
He wrote “The people of Uganda value their relationship with the global community and appreciate the concern shown by the United States on the deteriorating situation regarding human rights and civil liberties. It is our hope that other nations of the world will follow suit and support the people of Uganda in our quest for freedom and democracy.” Bobi Wine added.
The United States issued this fresh restrictions on officials believed to have played a role in events leading to abuse of human rights in the East African country, especially during the recent election; “today I am announcing visa restrictions on those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Uganda, including during the country’s January 14 general elections and the campaign period that preceded it,” Mr Blinken
The statement did not mention names of these authorities but an expert who is familiar with this diplomatic process told reporters that, “the way it works is that, the names are not released but people on the list would not be given visas if they applied to travel to the United States,”
However, Uganda’s government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo described the sanction as one that was issued with no basis in evidence. “Surprisingly, they don’t disclose…If they were honest, they should disclose specifically the names, the incidences and the nature of offenses of these officials so that Ugandans know them. Secondly, so that the government of Uganda takes investigations and appropriate action if these officers indeed were the ones responsible.”