- Outgoing US Ambassador to Uganda has said the World will be watching what happens in the 2021 general elections.
- She urged the Electoral Commission to fulfill its mandate by doing what it is designed to do.
- She added that the US will closely watch the 2021 election adding that they will continue investing in helping build the capacity of the civil society
The Outgoing US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac has said the World will be watching what happens in the 2021 elections.
She noted that given what happened in 2016(outcome), the many irregularities and the reports of inappropriate actions from the actors if that happens again in 2021, this will be yet another huge stain on Uganda’s image.
She urged the Electoral Commission to fulfill its mandate by doing what it is designed to do.
“We continue to urge the Electoral Commission to fulfill its mandate; to do what it is designed to do. We understand the political environment, not just in Uganda, but in other countries where you have regimes that have been in power for a very long time. It becomes more and more likely that manipulation of the electoral process will happen even if it does not necessarily have to happen.” Ambassador Malac noted
She added that the US will closely watch the 2021 election adding that they will continue investing in helping build the capacity of the civil society and Ugandans to be able to participate and understand their role as citizens.
Ambassador Malac also noted that the future of Uganda must be and has to be determined by Ugandans adding that it is not going to be determined by what the United States does or says.
She added: Whereas the US supports Uganda in different ways, they cannot decide the future of Uganda because it is up to the Ugandans to find that space and demand to be heard because one of the fundamentals of democracy is that the government derives their authority from citizens so that means citizens have a right to express themselves. There is power in collective voices, so finding ways of standing together helps increase the volume and intensity of the message that you’re trying to give.
Ugandans have a role to play in making the decision of where they want their Country to go or what the future should look like.