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If he wins Uganda election, Museveni will work with his seventh US president. Here's how the US has helped him stay in power

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni waits for Ethiopia's Prime Minister before a welcome ceremony at State House in Entebbe on June 8, 2018. (Photo by Sumy SADRUNI / AFP) (Photo credit should read SUMY SADRUNI/AFP/Getty Images)

Human rights groups have expressed concern over Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni authoritarian regime. Some say that the US is complicit in helping to prop up his 35-year rule.

Following the incident, the conference organizers, Vanguard Africa, a nonprofit promoting democracy in African countries, filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court against Museveni and other high-ranking Ugandan officials for "violations of international law governing human rights and crimes against humanity. "

Ugandans go to the polls on January 14, with Wine and nine other candidates challenging incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, commander-in-chief of the military, who has been in power since 1986, a tenure marked by an assault on democracy, critics say.

However, Museveni himself has held campaign events and there have been calls from opposition candidates for Uganda's Electoral Commission to sanction all parties who flout Covid-19 campaign guidelines, including the President's.

Museveni has maintained an iron grip on power in Uganda for nearly 35 years with help from Western allies and many say that the US is complicit in the anti-democratic tendencies of their staunch military ally.

"The United States helps Museveni stay in power," Wine told CNN on January 5.

This partnership means the US government plays a key role in "professionalizing" the military, the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF), says the State Department on its website.

Yet military aid has not been withdrawn, and the US continues to train Uganda's soldiers, Opalo told CNN.

When contacted by CNN, Menendez urged Museveni to "allow the people of Uganda to participate in a transparent election and respect their will. "

After Museveni seized power, Uganda became relatively stable and experienced economic growth.

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