US Congressman apologises to Uganda over aid strings


A Member of the US House of Representatives has decried the use of family planning as a prerequisite to the acquisition and utilization of foreign aid from the United States Government.

Senator Tim Walberg a Member of the US Congress, who paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga at Parliament Tuesday Sept. 8, 2015 accused some of the US donor aid agencies of forcing African countries to implement the Maputo Protocol on Family Planning if they are to qualify for grants.

“I apologize on behalf of the people of the United States for the pressure on African countries to adopt the Maputo Protocol on Family Planning. The majority of the Members of the Congress stand for life and support the reality that it is God who gives life,” he said.

Adopted in 2003, the Maputo Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, calls for the liberalization of abortion in cases of sexual assault, rape, incest, and where the continued pregnancy endangers the mental and physical health of the mother or the life of the mother or the foetus.

Walberg reaffirmed the need for American companies to join Uganda’s booming construction sector.

“I know many wonderful construction firms in the US. But I also want to see a General Motors car assembly plant here. This will create more jobs and offset the current problem of unemployment,” he added.

Speaker Kadaga hailed the US government for the 10-year extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), but noted the need for Ugandans to export more products to the US market.

“As a country we need to do a lot more to market ourselves and also improve our airline links with the United States of America. We must develop marine transport and do much more to utilize the lakes and rivers,” she noted.

The Speaker rallied Ugandans to emulate Egypt that has made massive infrastructural developments on the River Nile, as Ugandans watch it snake through their villages.

Rt. Hon. Kadaga while responding to concerns over the traffic congestion in Kampala City proposed the construction of a new city outside the capital.

She said the current city cannot match the population growth rate.

She was optimistic that the visit by the Pope to Uganda could be an opportunity to showcase Uganda to the world.

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