Saturday, 10 May 2014

Kerry Snubs Museveni

"What's that Museveni? I can't hear you."

Unlike the UK, who appear to embracing Museveni and his anti-gay rehtoric with open arms, the US seem to be taking a different tone.

As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry set off for his five-nation tour of Africa on May 1, the expectation was that the conflict in South Sudan would dominate. It did not.
The first indication of this was when Kerry's itinerary was announced and it emerged that he would be skirting Uganda and Kenya and not meeting with presidents Yoweri Museveni and Uhuru Kenyatta, the main drivers of the effort, respectively, to protect the legitimate government and end the conflict in Juba.
...part of the reason the Kerry-Museveni-Kenyatta meetings did not happen could be down to the U.S's agenda at home...
Although President Museveni is the U.S's leading ally in the regional peace effort in South Sudan and the DR Congo, and the war against terror in Somalia, the American government has publicly ostracised him since he signed into law the Ant-homosexuality Act in February.
The U.S. President, Barack Obama warned Museveni: "enacting this legislation will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda".

Uganda can hardly be considered a stabilising force in East Africa anymore, yet alone a world player in international politics with its policy of actively persecuting its own people.

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