President Museveni has set off for the United States on the invitation of President Joe Biden for the Africa- US leader’s summit taking place in Washington among the key issues will be security of the continent.
This is Museveni’s first visit to the United States in over 8 years since attended the same summit on 5th-06th August 2014 when Barrack Obama was still president of the US. The event that brings together many African leaders in Washington will commence on Tuesday 13th December.
This means President Museveni didn’t visit the US during the entire tenure of president Donald Trump but has been visiting China, Russia, the UK, recently he was in Vietnam among other key partner countries to strengthen ties and bi-lateral relations.
President Museveni’s invitation to the high level summit has drawn criticism and protests from several rights defenders and politicians who accuse Museveni of grossly violating human rights more so the US senate Chairperson on Foreign Relations Robert Mendez who accuses Museveni of changing the constitution twice to fit his needs.
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Mendez further accuses the long serving president Museveni of turning a blind eye on the rampant corruption and also subjecting civil society and political leaders to illegal detention, violence and torture with impunity and therefore asked that Museveni be regarded as an outcast with the US and that several dealings with him should be ceased.
However, Mendez’s letters against Museveni forced UN representative to the UN Linda Thomas Greenfield to pay a courtesy visit to Uganda where she held several discussions with the Sabalwanyi as he prefers being called, she assured him of the continued coordination of the US and Uganda.
The president confirmed through his Twitter handle that he has left for the US to attend the said event and also other engagements, he was seen off by the Vice president Jessica Alupo, Minister for presidency Milly Babalanda, head of public service Lucy Nakyobe, commander of the Airforce LT Gen Charles Okidi, Director CID Brig Gen Christopher Ddamulira and Deputy Commissioner General prisons Samuel Akena.
On my way to Washington DC, USA for the US-Africa Leaders summit among other official engagements. pic.twitter.com/ZQISiUJMlk
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) December 11, 2022
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