The UN has joined the United States in pouring scorn on the way Uganda’s detracted presidential election was handled and raised concerns about the shutting down of social media as well as several arrest of opposition leader, Kizza Besigye.
In a statement on Tuesday, the UN’s human rights office says it’s “concerned by the tense post-electoral situation in Uganda.”
It quoted the reports of two people who lost their lives and the constant arrest of opposition members in the aftermath of Thursday’s presidential and parliamentary elections.
It also raised concerns “about the intimidating display of force used on Friday by Ugandan police and military forces” when it gained access into the offices of the main opposition FDC party.
The US Secretary of State, last week, told President Yoweri Museveni of his concerns with the arrest of opposition members and the blocking of social media sites during the election.
The opposition leader intended to end President Yoweri Museveni’s 30-year rule, but failed in the mission which he blames on corruptiion and double dealings during the election.
Museveni, who is among Africa’s longest serving leaders, and a U.S. ally, emerged the winner of Uganda’s election on Saturday but opponents dismissed the turn-out of the election.
European Union and Commonwealth observers have also slammed the electoral process of the country in the last elections and doubts it adhered to the democratic principles during the Thursday’s poll.
Main opposition candidate Kizza Besigye has said the country’s commitment to a transparent and credible election process free from intimidation is questionable.
He also revealed that police has barred him from using electronic communication by shutting down every means by which to communicate electronically.
Besigye described the Thurday poll as fake and another contender, Amama Mbabazi, described the result of the poll as a “fundamentally flawed” result published to feint people.
Since election day, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp have faced outages.
Mark Toner, U.S. State Department deputy spokesperson, said late on Saturday
We call for his immediate release and the restoration of access to all social media sites .
This was after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had called Museveni on Friday to raise his country’s concern over Besigye’s detention, the harassment of opposition figures and the shutdown of social media.
The Daily Monitor newspaper on Saturday quoted the Uganda’s president as saying.
I told Kerry not to worry a lot about the internal affairs of Uganda because we know how to handle the issues,” He had said she does not need lectures from anybody.
Besigye has been calling on the international community to reject the poll win by Museveni, who is in the good graces of the West, by sending Ugandan troops to Somalia to battle al Qaeda linked Islamist militants.
Despite the tie, it seems the voice of the opposition leader is gradually being heard across the globe with powerful world bodies raising different concerns about the poll.
If he finally wins the struggle, Uganda may have to cancel their election and reschedule a more credible one in the nearest future.