Natalie E. Brown also career member of the Senior Foreign service is tipped to replace Malac. Natalie currently serves as the Chief of Mission of the USA to Eritrea.
US Ambassador Deborah Malac welcomes Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda at her residence for the US Independence celebrations
The tenure of the
United States of America (USA) Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Ruth Malac has
come to an end, URN has learnt. News of
Malac forthcoming departure came to the fore when she visited the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on Thursday where they
held a closed door meeting.
A tweet from Parliament
of Uganda indicates that Kadaga wished Malac well as she reached the
evening of her service as American Ambassador to Uganda and gifted her with a
locally made painting. URN has however learnt from Diplomatic
sources that Malac has announced her exit as the US Ambassador to Uganda.
“What we know is that
she has done her years as Ugandan ambassador and it was announced earlier but
she is expected to leave in February next year,” a source told URN. Natalie E.
Brown also career member of the Senior Foreign service is tipped to replace
Malac, according to a source at the Embassy. Natalie currently
serves as the Chief of Mission of the USA to Eritrea.
The source told URN that Malac’s departure
hasn’t been publicized yet because she is waiting for her replacement. Sources
also say Malac personally told high level meetings that she would be leaving as
US Ambassador but may return in a different capacity.
Malac has had an
outstanding role in Uganda, specifically advocating for freedom of speech,
democracy and respect of human rights among others. Malac’s major task as she
came to Uganda was to help Uganda avoid complacency with regards to HIV/ Aids
after the progress made and also ensure that Uganda enforces tenuous peace
agreements in war torn south Sudan.
While being vetted for t posting to Uganda by
the Senate Foreign Relations committee, Malac told the committee that if she
was confirmed, she will urge the Ugandan president to ensure the political
space necessary for a spirited and robust campaign in which all parties
participate fairly as the country was heading to elections.
In April 2016 while
speaking at the post-election symposium on Youth, Democracy and Governance at
Hotel Africana in Kampala, Malac called on the Ugandan Government not to sacrifice
the rights of its citizens in the name of maintaining stability. "These rights are guaranteed in Uganda's
laws and constitution and shouldn't be sacrificed in the name of
stability," Malac said.
also said the US cannot ignore actions that shrink Uganda's political space and
restrict freedoms of assembly and expression. While speaking in July 2017 at America's 241
Independence anniversary celebrations at the US Embassy in Kampala, Malac said
that strong institutions, not one person or party, is the secret to longevity
and stability of nations.
She noted that a true democracy requires
the collection of all voices, backgrounds and beliefs and a system in which,
every individual can and does have a say in how Government is run. Just in September, Malac was recognized for her
work in Uganda and received an award for her effort in the fight against the Ebola
She has also been a strong advocate for better health for Ugandans and
at the center of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR),
which a U.S. government response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. Ambassador Deborah R. Malac is a career member
of the Senior Foreign Service of the US and has served since 1981.
to Uganda, she was the U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Deputy Chief of Mission at
the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and also worked as Director of the
Office of East African Affairs in Washington among others.
Malac was nominated by USA President Barrac
Obama on September 19th, 2015 replacing Ambassador Scott Delisi who
had announced his retirement. The US senate confirmed Malac’s nomination in
November 2015. Malac presented her credentials to President Museveni
February 27, 2016.