Diaspora Ugandans urge EU, UN, USA to issue sanctions against Museveni, Kayihura & others

Ugandan expatriates in the city of Leeds at the weekend protested results of last month's general election that many believe was stolen from Dr Kizza Besigye. (Photo by The LEP))
Ugandan expatriates in the city of Leeds at the weekend protested results of last month’s general election that many believe was stolen from Dr Kizza Besigye. (Photo by The LEP))

By Staff Writer in Leeds

Anti-Museveni protesters- mainly Uganda expatriates living in the United Kingdom  braved a heavy downpour in the City of Leeds at the weekend to protest against what they called the ‘February fraudulent presidential elections’ and the subsequent violent repression meted to opposition leaders, civil protests and journalists.

Convening at Briggate Street before marching to Victoria Gardens, the protesters urged the European Union, the UK, the US and other Uganda’s international partners to push for sanctions against the Uganda Inspector General (IGP) Gen. Kale Kayihura for violating the law he’s meant to enforce.

The Uganda Diaspora P10 the UK Charter who organised the demonstration accuses the police boss for ordering the law enforcement personnel to ‘shoot to kill’ of unarmed protesters. Since Uganda’s electoral body controversially announced Gen Museveni as winner of the widely disputed general election last month, many unarmed protesters in several parts of Uganda have been shot and killed by police and other security agencies. Additionally, Gen. Museveni’s main challenger, Dr Kizza Besigye who contested on the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) been arrested on several occasions whenever he tried to get out of his Kasangati- residence 12.2 kilometres north of the capital Kampala and he remains under house for the last 35 days.

In recent weeks Anti-Museveni protests have been organised around western capitals in a bid to sway the donors and potential investors to deny legitimacy to the continuation of 30-year-oppressive regime in Uganda. Before the protesters marched to Victoria Gardens, Leeds city authority had to close Briggate Street to allow a peaceful demonstration. There was no tear gas to dislodge the protesters not even the rains could stop them from marching through the city of Leeds. They also publicly announce Museveni’s continued 30-year-rule and crackdown on civil society, including the opposition leader Besigye who has spent over 34 days under house arrest. During the February 18 polls, Uganda government blocked the access to several sites of social media.

2 thoughts on “Diaspora Ugandans urge EU, UN, USA to issue sanctions against Museveni, Kayihura & others

  • March 30, 2016 at 3:21 am

    We FDC members here in Kampala are waiting for the verdict from the high court tomorrow.
    The verdict may be that the presidential elections be carried out again. If this is the case our brothers
    who are abroad should come and vote. I can assure you this time our leader Dr Besigye will get more than 60% of the vote.
    This time we must make sure we have FDC agents at every counting and recording stations so there will
    be no ridging and we shall not sing ridging song. We are going to form the next government though we
    shall be having very few MPs in the parliament. But that is democracy and we must accept it

  • March 30, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    This is the potential weakness of not only Uganda, but the entire continent of Africa depending on the outside world to find solutions to internally self-created problems such as failing to pay a policeman’s salary. Why would the UN or the European Union get involved if the government of Uganda fails to pay its employees? When it comes to elections, this has always been a waste of time and resources as there will never be any legitimate elections in countries such as Uganda. The culture of leaders doing their own things was established long time ago. And as we know changing culture of modernizing it is not an easy task. Many examples can be given to back this statement. Uganda got independence in 1962 in which all tribes were supposed to become one nationality sharing same values and customs. 50 years later, the Karamojong people still live in their own natural environment and could care less whether elections are held in the country or not, what matters to them is their cows. When we call upon the international community to intervene in Uganda, we need to very carefully think about the reason we are asking their help for and why we are not able to resolve the problems ourselves. We can hold demonstrations in London, New York or Paris everyday of the year, but unless and until we look inside ourselves first, we will continue doing the same thing day in and day out with the same results. And you know what they say about doing the same thing everyday expecting different results–“it is called madness”.


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