Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sinister Police Actions

The police force is to protect and serve the citizens. So, why is Uganda Police acting differently in the case of the UPC president, Mr Otunnu? First, they asked Mr. Otunnu to report to CID headquarters to record a statement because they thought what he said at the radio station in Lira was criminal libel. Now they are asking him again to appear before the CID to be questioned because he is promoting sectarianism. This is a serious intimidation and it is the kind of activities which the US Secretary of State is supposed to monitor.
"The conference agreement provides $70,650,000 for assistance for Uganda. The conferees direct the Secretary of State to closely monitor preparations for the 2011 elections in Uganda, and to actively promote, in coordination with the European Union, Canada and other nations, the independence of the election commission; the need for an accurate .and verifiable voter registry; the announcement and posting of results at the polling stations; the freedom of movement and assembly and a process free of intimidation; freedom of the media; and the security and protection of candidates. The conferees direct the Secretary of State to submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations not later than 90 days after enactment of this Act and every 120 days thereafter until 30 days after the elections, detailing actions taken by the Government of Uganda to address these concerns."
First of all there is no reasons to attempt to charge Mr. Otunnu with any crimes due to the speech he made over the radio station. Secondly, fishing for different charges stemming out of the same radio station incidence and asking that Mr Otunnu go to the police station to record a statement becomes very suspicious. This incidence shall serve as a strong case of intimidation, lack of security and protection of the candidates and no freedom of the media during preparation for the 2011 elections in Uganda.

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