World keeping a close eye on Uganda ahead of 2016 election, US says

Uganda Police taking  brutality against the country's opposition to another level

Uganda Police taking brutality against the country’s opposition to another level

The United States and the entire world will continue to closely follow events in the lead up to the February general election,  a senior US official has said.

In his recent stop in the Ugandan capital Kampala, Tom Malinowski, the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour,  told journalists the international community will keenly follow the events surrounding the Ugandan polls but wont influence the results one way or another.

Mr. Malinowski said he was told the press he had discussed the current election-related activities including government repressive tendencies and violation of human rights,  with the authorities in Uganda.

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry’s representative said although many Ugandans feel their votes will not count they might be surprised come election day.

“Look at the region and look at the world; think about all of the different countries where people went to an election believing that they had no power but they surprised everybody, including themselves,” Malinowski said citing Nigeria and Burma.

Ugandans are due to head to the polls February next year to elect the country’s next leader.

Incumbent Yoweri Museveni is running for his fifth term in office, against the chief opposition leader Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), and former premier Amama Mbabazi of The Democratic alliance among other candidates.

The three main aspirants are currently crisscrossing the country campaigning for votes.

Over the recent weeks, the Uganda police has received local and international criticism for harassing the opposition and their supporters.

From Uganda, the US official visited Ethiopia to address issues of “democracy and human rights priorities in Ethiopia and find common ground on issues such as media and press freedom and civil society space.”