U.S. imposes visa ban on persons involved in Uganda’s ‘rigged’ elections

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The United States have banned some individuals, believed to have been involved in the alleged electoral fraud, violence, and oppression, which overshadowed the Ugandan general election earlier this year.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement on Friday, April 16, 2021, that the U.S. was imposing “visa restrictions on those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Uganda, including during the country’s January 14 general elections and the campaign period that preceded it.”

The fierce election, which was between musician, Bobi Wine and longtime president, Yoweri Museveni was tagged as a battle between “good” and “bad.”

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, however, scored a decisive election victory to win a sixth term, but his main rival Bobi Wine denounced the results as fraudulent and urged citizens to reject them.

The 76-year-old Museveni, who has been in power since 1986 and one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, won 5.85 million votes, or 58.6% in Thursday’s election. Wine had 3.48 million votes (34.8%), the Electoral Commission said in announcing the final results.

Uganda’s government spokesman later accused the United States of trying to subvert the country’s presidential elections after its ambassador, Natalie E. Brown, attempted to visit opposition leader Bobi Wine, who is under house arrest.