On Monday, Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo Luca Attanasio was killed in an attack on a United Nations convoy near the eastern Congolese city of Goma. Attanasio was killed alongside his Italian bodyguard Vittorio Iacovacci and a Congolese driver Moustapha Milambo when a World Food Programme (WFP) convoy of two was ambushed in a failed kidnap near Kanyamahoro town.
Accredited envoys have been asked to always inform the government
they are operating in about their movements.
On Monday, Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo
Luca Attanasio was killed in an attack on a United Nations convoy near the
eastern Congolese city of Goma.
Attanasio was killed alongside his Italian bodyguard Vittorio Iacovacci
and a Congolese driver Moustapha Milambo when a World Food Programme (WFP)
convoy of two was ambushed in a failed kidnap near Kanyamahoro town.
According to reports, the area where the incident happened is a
place where several rebel groups operate.
Now Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy experts in Uganda have advised
that foreign Ambassadors should always notify the Government of their movements
for diplomatic and security reasons.
According to the experts, this should also be the case even in
areas where there is no hostility. They argue that informing the government is
courteous and enables preparation and safety.
Former diplomat and former Minister of State for Internal
Affairs James Baba say that the Italian ambassador’s death is a perfect example
where security protocols were not met. He says that the envoy should have
sought the clearance of the Government. He also says by having only one bodyguard,
the diplomat was putting himself in danger.
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Baba says that when he was Ambassador in China in 1982-1986, he always sought required
permission from the Chinese Government to move out of Beijing. He says in his
experience, depending on how dangerous the place is, it is always important to
notify the foreign Minister for security reasons.
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He says that even visiting a security operation area, an
ambassador should inform the Government.
He, however, says that generally Uganda is peaceful and an ambassador may
not have to notify the government about every trip.
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Ambassador Patrick Mugoya, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of
Foreign Affairs says that although no area in Uganda is insecure,
usually when an ambassador is going out of Kampala, the envoys need to make the
local authorities aware. He says it is good practice to notify
Government so that they are on the lookout in case something goes wrong.
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According to Mugoya, in the past, diplomats in Uganda were not
allowed to go beyond Kampala and Entebbe. He however says this has however been
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The Chief of Protocol in Uganda, Charles Ssentongo says that it
depends on how far the ambassadors are moving, but usually, the
government should be aware. He says that
although it is not a requirement, it is courteous to notify the Government but
not seeking permission.