The European Union has called for an investigation into last week’s election related violence witnessed in Uganda which saw dozens killed.
The Delegation of the European Union issued the statement through a published report on their official website calling on investigations to be launched into mass violence witnessed over a week ago in Uganda.
“Last week, Uganda witnessed rioting, chaos as well as the disproportionate use of force by security services,” part of the statement read.
The violence is presumed to be election-sponsored due to the approaching general election in the East African country with main competitors being the incumbent president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the rising Honourable Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu popularly known as Bobi Wine.
“The death of dozens of people amidst widespread violence marred the electoral campaign on 18th and 19th November. We offer our sincere condolences to the families of the victims, who reportedly include bystanders,” the statement added.
Treat citizens with Dignity
In the report, the Ugandan government has been urged to protect and treat with dignity everyone including politicians and their supporters.
“The government of Uganda and its institutions have the responsibility to ensure the safety, security and dignified treatment of all citizens, including electoral candidates and their supporters, in line with national laws and Uganda’s international human rights commitments,” read the document.
The statement further called upon Ugandan political parties and political candidates to refrain from any forms of violence as well as ensure total adherence to WHO Covid-19 regulations to help stop further spread of the virus.
As a result, the European Union wants investigations launched into the matter and perpetrators of the violence brought to justice.
“A full and independent investigation should be launched into the events of 18th and 19th of November, to ensure justice for victims and to avoid impunity for the perpetrators who must be held accountable for their actions.”