By Andrew Visper firstname.lastname@example.org
Summary: Uganda is obligated to respect the right to freedom of association, assembly and expression of all person’s.
Article 29 of the Constitution of the republic of Uganda 1995, guarantee protection of those freedom; freedom of press, freedom of association, freedom to form a political party, and the state is mandated undre article 20(2) and 21(2) to promote and protect freedom’s regardless of among political opinion.
In the joint press conference at NGO forum together with the new you under their coalition national Election watch Uganda, headquarters Kabalagala, Fr. Mbonabingi Contantine the co chairman also executive secretary Uganda joint Christian council (UJCC) said that on 14 of October 2020, a joint security team including police and UPDF stormed offices of national unity platform (NUP) kamwokya in an operation purportedly aimed at seizing banned army fatigue. The manner in which the raid was executed prompted chaotic scenes as NUP party members scampered for safety.
However, Mbonabingi explained that the incursion on NUP can be interpreted as an ill-political motive that is aimed at intimidating and disorganizing NUP elections preparation one day to nominations for members of Parliament and two weeks to naminations for presidential candidate’s. The action equally erodes voter confidence in the electeral process ahead of the 2021 general elections.
“We call upon government agencies to respect the Constitution and electoral laws and as well as people’s rights to freely associate, assembly and participate in elections. Meanwhile government should clear come out with a public statement to all security agencies condemning the attack on NUP and prohibiting security forces from interfering with the work of political party during and after elections” Said Mbonabingi
“EC to issue a public statement on the rights of candidate and political parties during elections and to educate security agencies and the Public on the rights, freedom and responsibilities of all political parties in the 2021 elections and continuously engage security agencies on their roles and duties to all candidate’s during elections” Mbonabingi Said
However, Mbonabingi continues that Africa union and international community to publicly speak out, both bilaterally and in international fora, and Uganda government to respect regional and international legal instruments on elections and rights freedom in it’s Constitution and to amend or repeal all abusive legislation.
In conclusion, Mbonabingi reportedly that National Election Watch Uganda will continue to engage all stakeholders including the electoral commission UPDF, UPF, political party during election to ensure that elections in Uganda are held according to acceptable standards for credible, free, and Fair elections.