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US gov’t speaks out on Bobi Wine’s preventive arrest, Besigye radio shows

By Francis Otucu

The US government has this afternoon issued a statement on recent events in the country including blocking of a music show of singer Bobi Wine as well as switching off radio stations during political talk shows hosting opposition honcho, RTD Col. Kizza Besigye.

The statement pointed that Uganda’s Constitution guarantees freedom of assembly and expression adding, it has now joined Ugandans in calling for respect of rights.

”Today we join the many Ugandans asking why their government has recently blocked musical concerts and radio talk shows, disrupted peaceful demonstrations and rallies, and deployed heavy-handed security forces against peaceful citizens. Uganda’s constitution guarantees freedom of assembly and expression.  We echo the Ugandan people in calling on the government to respect these rights,” the statement reads in part.

The statement added that strong leaders and states do not stifle speech but that they allow their citizens to participate fully and without fear in a vibrant multi-party democracy.

Bobi Wine’s Busabala show was canceled Monday after he reportedly failed to meet requirements while Besigye’s political talk shows in Western Uganda and in the Central part of the country have been disrupted.

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