Yesterday a UN internal memo made rounds on social media where the UN undersecretary for safety and security Giles Michaud suspended travel to Uganda by UN agencies and Personnel. The memo that cited the recommendation of the UN Resident Coordinator, Rosa Malango didn’t give any reason why this decision had been arrived at.
Electoral Commission-EC isn’t bothered
by the decision by the UN to suspend the travel of its staff to Uganda,
according to Justice Byabakama Simon Mugenyi.
He told journalists at the Commission
headquarters on Tuesday that if the UN travel restriction to Uganda is based on
concerns over the ongoing elections, then the directive is a misrepresentation
of what is happening in the country.
The statement stems from an internal memo from the UN that made rounds on
social media in which Giles Michaud, the UN undersecretary for safety and
security suspended travel to Uganda by UN agencies and personnel.
The memo that
cited the recommendation of the UN Resident Coordinator, Rosa Malango didn’t
give any reason for the decision. However, the November riots that resulted in the death of over 60
people are believed to have been the main cause for the directive.
Now Byabakama says, although the incidents
that resulted from the arrest of the National Unity Platform-NUP presidential
candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu happened, his Commission has gone out of its
way to ensure that the January 14 elections are not only free and fair but
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In other developments, Byabakama revealed that he had a meeting with a
delegation from the European Union on Monday with whom they discussed the
possibility of accreditation to observe the coming elections.
refused to go into the details of what was agreed upon, said the Commission is
still talking with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that handles diplomatic
relations with other countries.
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In the past, the EU indicated that they would not be observing next
year’s elections over concerns of lack of implementation of the recommendations
it gave in previous elections.