National Unity Platform president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has agreed with the United States visa restrictions against some top government officials over the high rates of human rights abuse in Uganda.
United States secretary of state, Antony John Blinken on behalf of the government announced sanctions that had been placed on some government officials sitting their association to the human rights violation in the recently concluded 2021 general elections.
To this, former Presidential aspirant Robert Kyagulanyi agreed and thanked the US government for not staying blind to the attrocities committed during the recently concluded general elections.
While putting across his point, Kyagulanyi said, “the statement by the United States is an important recognition that the recent elections were not fee and 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 is watching and is beginning to act.”
However, state Minister for foreign affairs Henry Okello Oryem condemned the US government claiming that they are falsely accusing innocent Ugandans leaders who were not involved in any form of violence.
“It is unfortunate that the US is punishing individuals in Uganda wrongly without having real proof beyond doubt that they are the causers of those allegations. Those allegations were responded to by the government of Uganda and we expected the US government and others to have respected our response,” said Oryem.
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The US government although believes that the human rights crisis in the country is not a new trend as it was only further fueled by the recently concluded elections from it’s usual negative stand.
Renown Ugandans politician Sam Kutesa also came out and criticized the US government saying everything in the state was at par and the claims were only allegations. NUP presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu is the first person to come out and criticize the Ugandan government while siding with the US government and upholding their claim.