EU calls for change in Uganda
11 May 2016, 15:58
Kampala - The Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Uganda, Kristian Schmidt, has asked government to cease the hostile reaction to calls for change, All Africa has reported.
Schmidt urged the ruling National Resistance Movement to maintain all accomplishments seen over last 30 years.
Speaking at the occasion to mark 66 years of European Integration (Europe Day) at his residence in Kampala on Monday, Schmidt said government should not be so comfortable with its sloganeering of "Steady Progress" when unemployment levels were shooting into the sky and the fight against HIV/Aids incidence was retrogressing.
"To embrace reforms, especially the way things are done, government should look at change as a stepping stone to improved governance, better service delivery for citizens, victory over corruption, and to free and fair elections for your own sake, of course - not because any outsider says so," Schmidt was quoted as saying.
This came as reports on Tuesday indicated that tensions were rising in the country, as members from the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) continued to be arrested ahead of President Yoweri Museveni’s swearing-in ceremony on Thursday.
Museveni was declared winner of the country’s disputed presidential election that was held on February 18.
The FDC rejected the results as fraudulent.
Last week, the opposition called for a nationwide strike on May 12 against Museveni's re-election.
The government, however, moved swiftly and called for a ban on live media coverage of the protest, saying those who defied the ban risked having their licences revoked.