USA concerned over upcoming referendum

In a statement released by its Department of State, The United States of America says it is concerned that the amendment to the constitution scheduled on 17 May will be interpreted as resetting presidential term limits and run counter to the Arusha Agreement.

Heather Nauert, Spokesperson for the US department of State

Heather Nauert, Spokesperson for the US department of State

“Such efforts by incumbents to enact constitutional changes to remain in power beyond term limits weaken democratic institutions,” reads the statement.

The US also denounces the numerous cases of violence, intimidation and harassment committed against perceived opponents of the referendum and calls on the government to respect the international legal obligations regarding the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association. Free and fair participation in the process is an essential component of a credible referendum,” reads the statement signed by Nauert, Spokesperson for the US Department of State.

27 political parties and the coalition of independents registered at the National Independent Electoral Commission start this May 2nd, the campaign which will last 14 days, to vote for or against the constitutional referendum scheduled for May 17.