At least 22 people have been killed in western Uganda in violence spurred by disputed local elections almost three weeks ago, the African nation’s police force said.
Clashes after the Feb. 24 polls arose “from dissatisfaction by some candidates and their supporters” in the country’s Bundibugyo district, police chief Kale Kayihura said Sunday in a statement on the force’s website. Violence included one person being shot dead, leading to retaliatory attacks that killed 15 civilians, he said.
Six other people were killed by police in Kasese district in two separate attempts to seize weapons, Kayihura said. Four soldiers and two police officers were also injured. Both the western districts border the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some attacks targeted supporters of the ruling party and at least 150 houses were burned, he said.
Local elections in Africa’s biggest coffee exporter came six days after a disputed poll in which President Yoweri Museveni extended his three-decade rule. Four of his seven challengers rejected the results. The U.S. on Friday expressed concern over the post-election situation, including the house arrest of the main opposition leader Kizza Besigye.