By Watchdog reporter
European Union has condemned Uganda’s inaction over the November,2016 Kasese clashes which left more than 100 people dead.
According to a statement dated 16 March,2016 by EU, four months after the violence in Kasese district, which culminated in the incidents of 26-27 November 2016, it regrets that Ugandan authorities have not yet launched a comprehensive independent investigation.
“The European Union firmly deplores the attacks perpetrated over the past years against state representatives including police. At the same time,the EU notes with concern the Human Rights Watch report ‘Uganda: Ensure
Independent Investigation Into Kasese Killings’ realised on 15 Match, raising serious questions about disproportional use of force by the security forces leading to more than 100 civilians casualties, including children,” statement partly reads.
EU notes the government’s statement that Uganda has no lack of independent investigative capacity. It therefore call on the competent authorities to immediately conduct the necessary field investigations,ensuring strong witness protection and protection of evidence.
“We also note the government considers the ongoing court case against the Omusinga to be the appropriate process for delivering justice. For justice to be impartial and complete, the conduct of the security forces during the raid on the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu palace should also be subject to scrutiny with their full cooperation,” EU further stated.
EU showed concerned that it believes a failure to fully investigate this tragedy will perpetrate insecurity,undermine the rule of law and deny the families their rights to know the truth as a strong partner to Uganda.