The United States Embassy in Uganda has challenged the East African nation to show the world that it can respect the rule of law.
The embassy made this call in tweet on Friday while commenting on the chaotic before and after the Arua by-election in Wednesday. It also expressed concern over the treatment of arrested lawmakers, journalists and others.
“We are deeply concerned by recent events in Arua, Kampala, and Gulu, and disturbed by reports of brutal treatment of Members of Parliament, journalists, and others at the hands of security forces,” the embassy posted on its twitter a count.
It added, “All of those detained have the right to humane treatment, due process, access to lawyers and to their families, and a prompt, fair, and transparent trial. Those who need medical attention should be granted immediate access to a doctor of their choice.”
Kyadondo East lawmaker, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine is among a host of lawmakers arrested following chaotic scenes on Monday in Arua district. The winner of the by-election, Kasiano Wadri, MPs Gerald Karuhanga and Zaake were also arrested.
On Thursday, Bobi was charged with illegal possession of firearms in the General Court Martial in Gulu district, northern Uganda.
“We urge the Government to show the world that Uganda respects its constitution and the human rights of all of its citizens,” the statement adds.