The European Union and United States has called for a probe into Uganda’s election abuses and violence that left more than 40 people dead with opposition candidate, Bobi Wine under house arrest.
The EU Council of Ministers in a statement released says opposition candidates were harassed by security forces, the media was suppressed by the government, and observers’ offices were raided during the election.
Museveni was declared the winner, amid an internet blackout and allegations of electoral fraud and abuse.
According to reports, Bobi Wine who was a former singer and Museveni’s strongest opposition, has been under house arrest after military surrounded his home since last week Friday.
Wine since the election results, stated that the election was not transparent and that the election was rigged.
“I thank all friends in Uganda and abroad who continue to stand with us until we put an end to this indignity,” he said in a tweet on Thursday.
He tweeted on Thursday; “Yes, for standing and defeating Gen. Museveni in an election, which he resoundingly rigged, I am still under house arrest 8 days later! I thank all friends in Uganda and abroad who continue to stand with us, until we put an end to this indignity. Uganda will be free.
Also on Thursday, President Museveni embarked on an election victory tour across the country.
Meanwhile, human rights groups and NGOs has called for release of Bobi wine while and that the house arrest is a “blatant violation of their human rights”.
“It is neither a crime to stand for president nor to want to challenge the election results in court,” said the regional director of the human rights NGO, Deprose Muchena, in a statement.
“This continued confinement is politically motivated and a blatant violation of their human rights. It must be lifted immediately and without any conditions.”
“The abuses included killings by security forces, arrests and beatings of opposition supporters and journalists, disruption of opposition rallies, and a shutdown of the internet,” said the international human rights NGO in a statement.
On Saturday the US State Department called for authorities to address election after the United States ambassador to Uganda, Natalie E. Brown, was blocked by Ugandan security forces from visiting presidential candidate Bobi Wine on Monday.