US president Barack Obama has warned his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni against the continuous arrests of Ugandan opposition leaders like former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Kizza Besigye and Nakawa Division MP Michael Kabaziguruka.
Through his advisor on trade, Ambassador Michael B.G. Froman, Obama said either Museveni stops political arrests or lose trade with the US government.
“As you know, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) requires an annual review of compliance with eligibility criteria for each country,” Froman wrote to Uganda’s minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Amelia Kyambadde, on June 17.
The letter further reads: “As we approach the Agoa country eligibility review for Uganda for 2017, I wanted to make you aware that the US government has identified some serious concerns related to the government of Uganda’s adherence to certain Agoa criteria.”
But in his response, the Minister for Information and ICT, Mr Frank Tumwebaze, said US should mind its own business.
According to him, the Uganda government will not be bothered by the US statements, which he dismissed as subjective judgments.