Uganda police’s excessive force concerns the US

Christopher Aine, Mbabazi's former aide is believed to have died mysteriously at the hands of the Uganda police but the police have dismissed the "unfounded' reports

Christopher Aine, Mbabazi’s former aide is believed to have died mysteriously at the hands of the Uganda police but the police have dismissed the “unfounded’ reports

The United States is concerned that reports of the Uganda police employing excessive force against opposition candidates and their supporters, and disrupting their rallies have worsened the country’s electoral environment ahead of next month’s general election.

Reacting to recent media reports about police brutality in Uganda, the US State Department Spokesman John Kirby said last week “numerous reports of the police using excessive force, obstruction and dispersal of opposition rallies, and intimidation and arrest of journalists have contributed to an electoral climate of fear and intimidation, and raise questions about the fairness of the process.”

Kirby also called on all “candidates and their campaigns to refrain from inflammatory rhetoric that could incite violence.”

He went to cite presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi’s aide Christopher Aine’s alleged disappearance appealing to the authorities in Uganda to ensure “free and fair elections” by citizens to exercise their right to assemble peacefully, express their opinions, and participate in the electoral process free from intimidation and abuse.

The United States further called for the neutrality of Uganda’s government institutions and security forces in this electoral season.

Both rights groups Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have chided the East African nation for police brutality, and opposition harassment.