Police has blocked a demonstration by human rights activists protesting the impending appointment of Foreign affairs minister Sam Kuteesa as the next president of the UN General Assembly.
The protest was blocked as the activists approached the American Embassy in Kampala where they were due to present a statement of dissent.
Led by Barbara Alimadi, the group had successfully matched from Kabalagala, a Kampala Suburb to the embassy in Nsambya. They were however blocked as they approached the entrance to the US Embassy.
The protest is one of the many anti-Kuteesa campaigns mounted especially by human rights activists across the world.
It comes just two days before Kuteesa’s acclamation to the Presidency of the assembly.
The 193-member General Assembly is where discussions between member countries on international issues take place. It’s the United Nations supreme organ where members are accorded an equal voice.
The anti-Kuteesa Campaigners claim that Kuteesa is not fit to hold the prestigious UN post and as such his acclamation would be a parody and an embarrassment for Uganda and Africa in general.
A close ally of the President Yoweri Museveni, Sam Kuteesa is accused of financial corruption, political repression, military intervention in the Congo and supporting the recently passed anti-gay law.
Liberia’s Angie Brooks, Tanzania’s Salim Ahmed Salim and Nigeria’s Joseph Garba have previously held the same post.
Alimadi says that Uganda under the current regime does not adhere to the Principles of the United Nations and its charter and that for that matter Kuteesa should not ascend to the office of President of the General Assembly.
The activists now demand that Kuteesa withdraws his candidacy for a more befitting person from Africa to take on the mantle.
They are also demanding that the much anticipated voting planned for Wednesday is postponed so that the United Nations can carefully review Kuteesa’s record.
Kitonsa Allan, another activist questioned why Uganda could endorse a tainted person like Kuteesa among all other Ugandans for the post.
Kuteesa was recently endorsed by the Non-Aligned Movement to become the 69th president of the United Nations General Assembly.
The Non-Aligned Movement is a group of states which are not formally aligned with or against any major power block.
It has 120 members and 17 observer countries constituting two thirds of the United Nations General Assembly membership.
Kuteesa was earlier sanctioned by the African Union (AU) and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).