Ambassador says Uganda drifting into instability


Former Uganda Ambassador to the US Edith Sempala has said the country is sliding into a state of instability.

She was Thursday discussing what lies at the heart of the growing diplomatic tensions between Uganda and the US government.

Sempala who doubles as the deputy Ugandan representative at the United Nations said the ongoing violation of human rights is forcing the US to react publicly.

“Limiting this to a misunderstanding between Uganda and the US is missing the point,” she said while appearing at NBS television.

Sempala revealed that when it comes to the violation of human rights as seen today, it ceases to be a behind-the-scenes way of doing things.

“Uganda is drifting into instability,” she maintained.

She said the US is speaking out because today because Uganda too belongs to a global village.

US-Uganda relations have been strong in the past, notes Sempala who for 22 years has served as Uganda’s top diplomat in the United States, the Nordic countries and the African Union (AU) as well as World Bank.

“This is not the opinion of US ambassador to Uganda [Ms Deborah Malac] but that of a general shifting stance.”

“When a friend sees a mistake, they point it out,” she added, picking on ambassador Kintu Nyago who said Uganda had an election.

“…but what we had was a selection. We are all under siege. Not just Kizza Besigye.”

She said for example, Kololo Independence Grounds are now a barracks.

During the 2016 elections, Sempala was the head of the diplomacy and international relations desk of the Go Forward Pro Change, a pressure group led by Amama Mbabazi, the former prime minister.

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