Members of Parliament have expressed discontent over the dire state of diplomatic missions and questioned their leadership.
During a plenary sitting on Tuesday 23rd August 2016, Hon. Jack Wamai Wamanga (Mbale Municipality) said that Uganda has been embarrassed on several occasions by the misconduct of its Ambassadors and the financial limitations met by Ugandan Missions around the world.
“The Ugandan Ambassador to the US, Kintu Nyago, shared a confidential government brief with sensitive information about South Sudan with the UN Security Council triggering a diplomatic incident and embarrassment,” Wamanga Wamai said.
He added that there was a need to have career-trained ambassadors because they are in a better place to handle diplomatic situations.
Hon. Alex Ruhunda (Fort Portal) said that Ugandan Missions around the world are grappling with finances and need serious government intervention.
“We need a comprehensive report on the state of the Embassies from the Minister of Foreign Affairs [Sam Kutesa],” he said.
Ruhunda said that many of the embassies have been run down and are operating on meagre funds, which in turn affect their efficiency.
The Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah asked the Ministry to provide a report on the issues raised on the floor of the House.
Wamanga Wamai’s reaction stems from an article published in the Daily Monitor on Monday 22nd August 2016, which indicates that in the document that leaked, the Uganda government among other things opposed the US-mooted arms embargo on South Sudan.