The United States ambassador to Uganda was blocked by Ugandan security forces from visiting presidential candidate Bobi Wine on Monday.
Wine, has been under house arrest after the military surrounded his home on Friday.
Uganda’s long-time leader President Yoweri Museveni was declared winner for a record sixth term, amid an internet blackout and allegations of rigging.
Ambassador Natalie E. Brown went to Wine’s resident to check on his health and safety, because he has “effectively been unable to leave his home, with security forces surrounding his residence,” the embassy in Kampala said in a Facebook post.
“Uganda’s election campaigns were marred by the harassment of opposition candidates, campaign staff, and supporters; suppression of the media and civil society organization activities; and a nationwide internet shutdown before, during, and after voting day,” the post said.
Uganda’s government spokesman, Ofwono Opondo, wrote in an opinion piece that Brown shouldn’t “cry for Ugandans.”
“For Natalie to cast doubt that elections wouldn’t be ‘credible’ merely because the US embassy had voluntarily pulled out of observation, is aimless shooting,” he said in the piece, which he posted on his Twitter page.
If US democracy was unassailable, Brown should first note President Donald Trump’s false election fraud claims and the Capitol riot, he added.
“As of now, Natalie should be the last person giving unqualified lectures on election integrity.”