Opondo clashes with US embassy again


Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo has once again clashed with the US embassy in Uganda.

The source of the disagreement was Sudan President Omar al-Bashir whose presence in Uganda forced US officials to walk out of Museveni’s inauguration at Kololo.

The U.S government, through its spokesperson Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau applauded envoys for walking out saying Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court [ICC] and that Museveni should not have welcomed him.

The U.S. Principal Deputy Secretary of State for African Affairs Bruce Wharton told media in Kampala United States values its relationship with Uganda and the Ugandan people and castigated Museveni for not sympathising with Darfurians who died at the hands of Bashir.

Opondo, however, reminded US that while they criticise Bashir, they have an embassy in the Sudan capital Khartoum.

“so the us government has a diplomatic mission in Khartoum, right? Ecept no ambassador,” opondo tweeted.

The mission replied: “correct. Our mission is headed by a charge d’Affaires, not an ambassador.”

This is the second week Opondo is clashing with the embassy.

On Thursday, Opondo told tweeted: “Contrary to @cathkemi today is not a public holiday.”

The U.S. Mission Uganda cited a letter from the deputy prime minister Henry Kajura saying otherwise.

“@OfwonoOpondo So is this letter from the 1st Deputy PM a fake? It clearly states May 12 will be a public holiday,” the mission tweeted.

The press statement had actually declared the day a public holiday.

Opondo has earlier clashed with the US ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac for consistently criticising Museveni’s government.

It seems the social media war of words is not about to end.


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