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Uganda accuses US of seeking regime change after presidential elections

UGANDA’S government has accused the United States of interfering in the country’s internal affairs and funding opposition candidate Bobi Wine’s election campaign.

In a statement on Tuesday, it said that money from USAid had been funnelled to opposition groups with the aim of securing regime change. It also issued a sharp warning to US ambassador Natalie Brown.

She has tried to visit Mr Wine, who has been under house arrest on the outskirts of the capital Kampala since January 14, but this attempt was blocked by the security forces. Ms Brown insisted that she had simply intended to check on the former pop star’s welfare.

Mr Wine has refused to accept the results of Sunday’s presidential election, which was won by President Yoweri Museveni with 68 per cent of the vote. The opposition leader branded the result fraudulent and called on people to reject the National Electoral Council report.

Ugandan government Ofwono Opondo accused the US of seeking to overturn the results.

“We all know that ambassador Natalie [Brown] and the American system here, USAid and so on, has been funding Bobi Wine and other outfits in clear disregard of diplomatic norms, with the main objective to destabilise the government of Uganda and cause regime change outside the constitutional framework.

“We are watching her back; you can tell her that,” Mr Opondo said to reporters.

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