US faults Ugandan polls, vows to punish riggers

The United States has reacted to the outcome of recently held presidential poll in Uganda with a vow to take action against those whom it described as anti-democratic forces and human rights abusers in Thursday’s exercise.

The U.S. position came in a statement issued by the Department of State through its spokesperson, Ms. Morgan Ortagus, on Saturday.

In it, Ortagus said her home government was “deeply troubled” by credible reports of “security force violence” and election irregularities before and during the polls. She called for independent i

She called for independent investigations into the allegations and urged the Ugandan government to hold accountable security agents responsible for violence and abuses.

“The Ugandan people turned out to vote in multi-party national elections on Jan. 14 despite an environment of intimidation and fear. “We are deeply troubled by the many credible reports of security force violence during the pre-election period and election irregularities during the polls.

She called for independent investigations into the allegations and urged the Ugandan government to hold accountable security agents responsible for violence and abuses.

“The Ugandan people turned out to vote in multi-party national elections on Jan. 14 despite an environment of intimidation and fear. “We are deeply troubled by the many credible reports of security force violence during the pre-election period and election irregularities during the polls.

She called for independent investigations into the allegations and urged the Ugandan government to hold accountable security agents responsible for violence and abuses.

“The Ugandan people turned out to vote in multi-party national elections on Jan. 14 despite an environment of intimidation and fear. We are deeply troubled by the many credible reports of security force violence during the pre-election period and election irregularities during the polls.

“We strongly urge independent, credible, impartial, and thorough investigations into these reports and that those responsible be held accountable,” she said.


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