Government has responded to the US threats to sanction a number of high-profile Uganda officials, saying that America cannot lecture Uganda on elections, among other things.
On Wednesday, in what seemed to be an indication of President Joe Biden foreign policy outlook and approach to Uganda, the spokesperson of the US Department of State, Ned Price , said that America will consider targeting anyone who got involved in alleged irregularities that underpinned the January 14 general elections.
When journalists asked Price to comment about the decision by the former presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi to withdraw an election petition from the Supreme Court and whether America considers President Yoweri Museveni as a reliable partner in the war against terrorism, Price, however, said Museveni remains a reliable partner to US.
However, the Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, yesterday said that if there are any concerns about the Ugandan electoral process, the US government should raise them in writing.
Ofwono added that the US should first fix their loopholes that marred their recent electoral process before making any attempt to rectify mistakes in a far-off country.
Commenting on threats to sanction top government officials, Ofwono said, the US government should provide proof of the allegations rather than acting on hearsay.
The US call for sanctions has come against the backdrop of recent parallel calls of similar sanctions on Ugandan top officials by the European Union (EU) Parliament.