The petition calls for "the African Union, US, UK, EU and all people of conscience to condemn in the strongest possible terms the ongoing assault on Uganda's opposition and commit to support a safe free and fair election for all Ugandan citizens."
Uganda is holding elections today January 14, 2021. Ahead of them, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has reportedly banned all social media and messaging applications in the country and opposition politician Bobi Wine has had his home reportedly raided by the military. The petition below, signed by the likes of Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, Wole Soyinka, Keith Richards, Roger Waters, and Chris Martin, calls for free and fair elections in Uganda. Read it in full:
Uganda is scheduled to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on January 14, 2021, but no one expects them to be free or fair. President Museveni, who has enjoyed strong Western backing for 35 years-and tens of billions of dollars in military and financial assistance will contest his 6th term in office.
His main presidential challenger, musician/legislator, Hon Robert Kyagulanyi MP, better known to us as Bobi Wine, as well as another opposition candidate Patrick Amuriat, have both been repeatedly arrested by security forces, and scores, perhaps hundreds of their supporters have been tortured and killed.
Thousands of other opposition supporters are detained, many without access to lawyers, doctors or their families. On December 30, Wine's entire entourage-security detail, media team and medical team was arrested. Some of them, all previously in good health, appeared in court on Monday, limping from injuries sustained while in police custody. They were given bail but have not been released. Since then, with a fresh team, Bobi continued his campaign. That team, as well, have all been arrested.