Jendayi E Frazer, a top American diplomat suggests the US enoys walking out of President Yoweri Museveni’s inauguration is equivalent to the superpower’s loss of grip on African affairs.
The United States of America government applauded its envoys in Uganda for walking out on 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, 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 Kennedy Trudeau welcomed its envoys move.
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.
However, Frazer says the move would not be beneficial to the super power.
Frazer is the Africa development Security Expert, Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and U.S. Ambassador to South Africa.
“US walking out of Museveni inauguration over ICC comments is empty symbolism,” she tweeted.
She added:”[it signifies] effectively walking US away from real influence in Africa.”