May 30, 2014

Amama: Govt Ready to Dialogue with Donors on Contentious Issues

 PM Amama Mbabazi.
PM Amama Mbabazi.

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.

3 thoughts on “Amama: Govt Ready to Dialogue with Donors on Contentious Issues

  1. Sorry Amama the so developed countries know very well that it is against human rights to stop donations as punitive. Uganda needs plenty of time to accept homosexuality however change of behaviour could used as benchmark. We need education for all which changes peoples’s attitude regardless they agree or not. We need constructed structures in place where people can seek help eg developed countries offer services like counselling, health education.

  2. Why do European governments want us to embrace their way of life yet they will never reciprocate? Its only this corruption animal eating up every section of our society otherwise we would not be in dire need of their ‘donor money’ Our cultural norms should always prevail. Look at Vietnam which has resisted such preasure from Western countries and have preserved their culture as their identity. So government should not be coy on this law but do others things that will help develop this country like eliminating corruption, addressing education issues, address economic imbalance both regional and sectoral, tribalism, reduce on public expenditure like reducing the number of ministers, districts, parliamentarians, number of government vehicles, unnecessary movements of government officials abroad, pay civil servants reasonable salary and on time, Human rights and governance issues, improve service delivery, help the private sector

  3. The Scandinavians know Mbabazi (and the NRM) better than he knows himself. They are polite but you cannot fool them.

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