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Following the recently concluded election in Uganda that saw the emergence of longtime leader Yoweri Museveni as duly elected president for a sixth term in office, the European Union has joined other international bodies in calling for a probe into Ugandan election abuses and violence that left more than 40 people dead days to the polls amid an internet blackout and allegations of harassment.
According to a statement on Wednesday by the EU Council of Ministers, opposition candidates were harassed by security forces, the media was suppressed by the government, and observers’ offices were raided.
It called on all parties to refrain from violence and for “election challenges and complaints to be addressed in an independent and transparent manner.”
Uganda’s longtime leader President Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner in the keenly contested election for a record sixth term.
The singer-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobbi Wine maintains the election was rigged.
He has been under house arrest after the military surrounded his home on Friday.
Bobbi Wine is the major opposition to Museveni in the election.
“I thank all friends in Uganda and abroad who continue to stand with us until we put an end to this indignity,” he said in a tweet on Thursday.
The 18-month old niece of Wine’s wife, Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi, is in the residence and her father has been denied access because nobody is allowed to leave or come into the compound, Wine said on Twitter.
Human rights groups spoke out against Wine’s detention and the political climate in the country as President Museveni embarked on an election victory tour of the country Thursday.
“It is neither a crime to stand for president nor to want to challenge the election results in court,” said the regional director of the human rights NGO, Deprose Muchena, in a statement.
“This continued confinement is politically motivated and a blatant violation of their human rights. It must be lifted immediately and without any conditions.”
In the weeks leading up to the election, there were several incidences of violence and human rights violations said Human Rights Watch.
“The abuses included killings by security forces, arrests and beatings of opposition supporters and journalists, disruption of opposition rallies, and a shutdown of the internet,” said the international human rights NGO in a statement.