Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has expressed Government commitment to resolve any issues of disagreement with donors through dialogue.
Speaking at the joint celebrations to mark the National days of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland, the Prime Minister Said that Uganda remains cognizant of the fact that enjoyment of one’s freedoms should not be at the expense and detriment of others.
Mbabazi added that Uganda will continue to uphold the human rights and freedoms as guaranteed by the Constitution.
This followed remarks by the Ambassadors, urging the East African Community in its integration process to embrace core values of equal rights without discrimination.
This should be based on sex, color, religion or gender and a corruption free society willing to pay taxes for better services, democracy, good governance and rule of law for socio-economic transformation.
The Ambassadors included Thorbjørn Gaustadsaether of Norway, Anders Urban Anderson of Sweden, Dan E. Frederiksen of Denmark and Gisli Palsson, the Chargé d’affaires of Iceland.
Mbabazi, who spent some time in the 1980’s in Sweden, said Nordic countries are his second home and he considers himself Swedish. The families of President Yoweri Museveni and Mbabazi among others lived in Sweden during the liberation struggle that brought the NRM Government to power in 1986.
The Prime Minister stated that the great strides taken by the Nordic Countries to integrate their people, serves as a template of success which the East African Community should emulate as it unites its people both economically and politically.
Mbabazi thanked the Nordic countries for supporting the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) which assists review of legislation in the Legal, Regulatory and Institutional Framework of Uganda’s Oil Sector.
Nordic countries also support the Justice Law and Order Sector, the Parliamentary Accounts Committee, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions and the Office of the Auditor General among other sectors. Mbabazi said this support will contribute to the building of a corruption free Uganda with strong democratic structures and systems in line with Vision 2040.
The Nordic countries continue to support Uganda in the areas of education and research, health especially HIV/AIDS, water and sanitation, poverty alleviation, women empowerment, peace and security.
Mbabazi’s comments will come as no surprise since during the passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Parliament in 2013; he stood up opposing its passing arguing that there was no quorum.
He stated that the Speaker was obliged to count and determine whether there is a quorum or not when the question of quorum is passed.
Mbabazi then also added that they had agreed with the Speaker to consult further on the Anti-Homosexuality Law which was later signed and passed in February this year.