A section of Ugandans living in London and the United States on Friday held
protests calling on the two governments to cut aid to Uganda.
In Downing Street, Westminster, in London, the protestors, who were clad in red
attire chanted People Power, Our Power and also sang a song by Former National
Unity Platform (NUP)’s presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s Tuliyamba
Some of the protestors were wrapped in Ugandan flags and were holding placards inscribed with words such as abductions of Ugandans should stop, Enough is Enough, International
Community stop supporting Museveni, while other placards were in support of
NUP's Bobi Wine President.
According to some of the Ugandans, Museveni has ruled the country
for a long time, and the UK which gives the government aid should stop
since the funds are not accounted for.
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Another Ugandan says that they left their jobs to protest in the
streets because of the injustice going on in Uganda.
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Another protest took place in the United States Capitol building
and Mercury Public Affairs office in Washington where demonstrators called for
a boycott of the President. They also campaigned against his upcoming swearing-in
ceremony next week.
They protested against Mercury Public which is providing strategic
consulting services to Uganda despite human rights violations.
Henry Okello Oryem, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs says
that the protests do not have any impact and that they were misrepresenting what
is happening in the country.
He says that the Government is working to ensure that the country grows
economically, and is safe and secure.
According to Oryem, the government has been countering the
protests by engaging the UK Government and Members of Parliament in telling
them what is on the ground.
Oryem says that the UK and the US know Ugandans capacity and strategic
role in the region.
The US provides significant development and
security assistance to Uganda of over $970 million per year, while the UK
Governments assistance is an estimated 150 million pounds for last year.