Uganda has accused the US of interfering in the internal affairs of the country, especially election results. This accusation came days after incumbent President Yoweri Museveni won a sixth term in the recent election.
The United States Ambassador, Natalie E. Brown, was prevented by security personnel from paying a visit to opposition leader Bobi Wine at his house close to Kampala.
In a statement, the US mission said its officials meet regularly with players across the political spectrum of Uganda as part of diplomatic engagement.
The statement added that the purpose of the visit was to check on health and safety of Bobi Wine as he has practically been unable to leave his home, with security forces rounding up his residence.
While condemning the Ambassador, the spokesperson of government, Ofwono Opondo said: “What she has been trying to do blatantly is to meddle in Uganda’s internal politics, particularly elections, to subvert our elections and the will of the people.
“She shouldn’t do anything outside the diplomatic norms.”
Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, has disclosed that his life is in danger, and that efforts were being made by the government to silence him.
The 38-year-old presidential candidate has rejected the vote and said he would challenge the results.
Museveni clinched another five-year term with 58.6% of the total votes cast while Wine amassed 34.8% of the total votes cast. He happens to be one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders and has outlasted leaders like Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe.