U.S hails envoys’ decision to walk out on Museveni during swearing-in


The United States of America government has applauded its envoys in Uganda for walking out on President Yoweri Museveni during his inauguration ceremony at Kololo Independence grounds on Thursday.

The representatives of the United States of America and European Union countries on Thursday walked out of President Museveni’s swearing-in ceremony at Kololo ceremonial grounds because Sudanese president Omar al Bashir was in attendance and President Museveni bashed the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In addition to bashing the ICC, Mr Museveni, 71, also praised China and Russia, which he called Uganda’s genuine friends and made negative comments that were interpreted as targeting the western countries.

The U.S government, through its spokesperson Elizabeth KennedyTrudeau welcomed its envoys move.

“As a friend of Ugandans, we are concerned about their rights and freedom. We believe that walking out in protest is an appropriate reaction to a head of state mocking efforts to ensure accountability for victims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity,” said Trudeau.

This morning, 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.

U.S officials during Museveni's swearing in ceremony.

U.S officials during Museveni’s swearing in ceremony.

“Our two countries cooperate closely on a number of important issues, and together we have accomplished a great deal in the areas of health, education, and security – areas that directly benefit the well-being of Ugandans across the country.”

He added:”Now, as you have seen recently, we do have some differences with the government of Uganda.”

Wharton says US feels an obligation to raise concerns or objections about decisions that are taken that will have a negative effect on the trajectory of this country and the future of the Ugandan people.

“We care about what happens in Uganda, not because we are looking to get something out of it, but because we believe all citizens deserve to live in a country where their rights and freedoms are respected, so that they can decide for themselves their own futures.”

He is the envoy who represented the U.S. government at President Museveni’s swearing-in because of this friendship and the relationship we have built over many years with Ugandans.

“We wanted to acknowledge this important event in Uganda’s history, and affirm the broad partnership we have now with Uganda,” he told press in Kampala.

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