United States of America ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac has refuted claims that the US government is in bed with Uganda’s opposition to bring down Museveni regime.
Deborah Malac’s comment comes at a backdrop of simmering relationship between Washington and Kampala over the former’s incessant criticism of Uganda government and its “weakening democracy.”
In an hour question and answer session on US Embassy Kampala Facebook page on Friday between 11:00AM and midday, Malac stated that United States of America does not have plan for regime change in Uganda.
“The U.S. government does not have a policy or plan for regime change in Uganda,” she stated.
Adding “We do not and have not funded or supported any political party or candidate. We support institutions and the democratic process. As a friend and supporter of Uganda, however, we think it imperative that we raise our concerns about the political environment here because it ultimately affects Uganda’s future. We want to see a Uganda that where every voice is heard and matters.”
In a statement issued on Thursday, the executive director of the Uganda Media Centre Ofwono Opondo said USA is the least competent country to ask other nations for democratic accountability.
“The U.S., which uses raw power to project its influence and interests around the world, is the least competent to ask other nations for democratic accountability. Uganda’s democracy is progressing well and we are satisfied with both the pace and achievements registered so far,” Opondo said.
He was responding to Deborah Malac’s remarks at a symposium on governance and peace held at Hotel Africana in Kampala on Wednesday where he said that the social media shutdown on election day, the detention of Opposition figures, harassment of media, combined with poor organisation of the election have “weakened Uganda’s democracy and tarnished Uganda’s image as a strong democracy in a turbulent region.”