Museveni meets Amb Malac as US criticism bites


Museveni and Malac at State House Entebbe

President Yoweri Museveni has held a bilateral meeting with the USA Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac.

The meeting that took place at State House Entebbe on Friday was about economic development, according to State House.

The meeting comes at a time US criticism of President Museveni’s government is reaching its climax.
On Thursday, the US embassy in Kampala condemned government for banning the live coverage of defiance campaign activities.

The minister of Information and National Guidance, Jim Muhwezi, told media in Kampala that continuation of this so-called “defiance campaign” is illegal because it is in clear breach of the Interim Court Order issued last week.

Cabinet also threatened that media houses that continue offering live coverage of the “Defiance Campaign” risk having their broadcasting licenses revoked.

US embassy said in a statement that “government of Uganda’s decision to ban media coverage of FDC activities is truly disappointing just days after World Press Freedom Day”.

“Such restrictions violate not just the rights of journalists, but the rights of citizens to information.”

The embassy said citizens of Uganda should be able to decide for themselves what information to use to make informed choices about their country.

The embassy said in Uganda this year’s elections saw infringements on the rights of media.

Speaking at Kololo independence grounds during NRM celebrations, Museveni expressed anger at foreign countries for attempting to tell him how to rule Uganda.

Many foreign countries say the February 18th election didn’t fulfil international or regional standards.

Museveni said he is a Ugandan and knows what Ugandans want not for any foreigner to come and tell him what Ugandans want.

The US Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac has been actively criticising the president on social media.

“They have got their countries to run, let the go and run them. Uganda is ours and nobody will give us orders here,” Museveni said.

US has since denied reports that they are trying to overthrow Museveni’s regime.

“The U.S. government does not have a policy or plan for regime change in Uganda,” Malac said on social media.

During Besigye’s house arrest, US issued several statements ordering Museveni to release the opposition leader.
Museveni responded by telling envoys to leave Ugandan issues to him.

Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo says US has no right to criticise other countries.

Addressing the UN Security Council, US ambassador Samantha Power said Museveni was a threat to Uganda’s security and the region as well.

Speaking during his European tour, US president Barack Obama castigated Museveni for suppressing opposition, NGOs and usurping the powers of state institution to suffocate democracy.

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