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US warns Uganda on human rights abuses, threatens to take action against Uganda

by James Ateenyi

The US government has warned the Ugandan authority against the brutality and highhandedness by security forces following the arrests of opposition members of parliament, journalists and civilians during the Arua Municipality by-election fracas

The US further asked the government involved to hold the soldiers involved in incident personally accountable for the crimes committed during the fracas.

In a statement issued by the US State Department on Monday, the US said it is “gravely concerned” by the horrific reports of torture of the members of opposition and urged the government to respect the country constitution.

“We have received multiple credible reports of excessive use of force by the Special Forces Command (SFC), including abuse of members of parliament, journalists and others,” a State Department official is quoted as saying in a statement published by REUTERS.

“The United States has made clear to the Ugandan government that such human rights abuses are unacceptable,” the official adds.

Several members of parliament and media crews a long with civilians were arrested and tortured in Arua town with two MPs namely Bobi Wine and Francis Zaake receiving treatment in US and India respectively.

The report added that the relationship between the two countries have been detoriating over human rights abuses.

“It is now up to the Ugandan government to demonstrate a respect for its constitution and its citizens and conduct a transparent, credible, and timely investigation into these events,” the official said. “Any security personnel found to have used inappropriate force must be held accountable.”

Kyadondo East member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssemtamu popularly known as Bobi Wine who is currently receiving treatment in US hospital reportedly met met State Department last Thursday discussing human rights abuses in the country.

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