By Dradenya Stephen Amazia in Balk, the Netherlands
Ugandans living in the Diaspora in Europe have formed a political pressure group to fight the continuous human rights abuses, corruption and lack of respect to the country’s constitution in their home country.
The Association, Uganda Diaspora Europe (UDE), that was recently formed in Balk, in the Netherlands, will ensure among others things, the development partners of Uganda particularly the European Union (EU) to put pressure on President Yoweri Museveni’s government to stop corruption, have election reforms before 2016, respect freedom of the press and restore respect for human rights.
Their announcement follows the recurrent arrests and tortures of Ugandan opposition politicians, journalists and human rights advocates by security forces. Recently the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspaper companies and some sister radio stations were raided and forcefully closed by the government for ‘refusing to hand over the copy of a letter’ written by former director of Intelligence Gen David Sejusa.
In his letter which the media houses referred to, Gen. Sejusa called for an investigation into reports that there was a plot to kill senior officers in order to make his son Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba to replace him as president. The plan has since been named ‘the Muhoozi Project’. The Museveni government strongly denied any knowledge to the effect.