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Matembe: Americans are not like Ugandans who think only Museveni has a vision

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Former Ethics and Integrity minister Miria Matembe has lauded Americans for choosing Republican candidate Donald Trump as their president.

Trump trounced the Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton in the just concluded November 2016 US election to win the presidency. 

Appearing on NBS TV political programme “NBSFrontline” last Thursday, Matembe said: Americans are not like Ugandans who think it is only one person [President Yoweri Museveni] with a vision”. 

“But as a Christian, I believe there was a hand of God involved in this election,” she added. 

“I don’t think ‘Bush vs Al Gore’ election was too harsh and demanding like this one. I will not hide my sentiments. We lost but I’m happy we didn’t lose because of corruption or irregularities.”

Matembe said she was happy the American electoral process was smooth.

“I pray Americans remain united after this.”

Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, also dispelled any fears of Trump turning guns on Museveni saying Uganda and US have many areas of cooperation. 

“We shall leave some of the issues to the Americans.”

Christopher Brown, the spokesperson of the US Mission in Uganda, said it would be inappropriate to speculate what Trump will do to foreign policy; he is still putting a team together. 

“Laws of US are clear on illegal migrations and I don’t see those things changing.”

According to Voice of America editor, Shaka Ssali, whatever is said on campaigns is to sell the candidate. What happens in leadership is different. 

“Many people thought with the NRM government, health care should have been a right instead of looking at it as a privilege,” he said. 

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