WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States should postpone a infantry assist to Uganda over a government’s tellurian rights record, a U.S. counsel for a distinguished censor of President Yoweri Museveni pronounced on Thursday.
The call broadens critique of a supervision by antithesis lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi, a musician famous by his theatre name Bobi Wine.
Authorities charged Kyagulanyi with fraud final month over a suspected stoning of Museveni’s convoy. He denies a assign and says he was tortured in detention. He arrived in Washington on Saturday for medical diagnosis for his injuries.
Kyagulanyi was inaugurated final year and has gained recognition for his attacks on Museveni. The boss has ruled given 1986 and has won a array of elections though is noticed by some as out of touch. The supervision in Kampala denies torturing Kyagulanyi.
“We wish a American taxation payer to know that a American taxation payer is appropriation this. The infantry apparatus we are provision to Uganda is being used in a quarrel of apprehension opposite Uganda’s citizens,” counsel Robert Amsterdam told a news discussion in Washington flanked by Kyagulanyi, 36.
“We call on a U.S. supervision to immediately postpone infantry appropriation to Uganda,” he said.
Kyagulanyi used crutches and showed reporters blisters on a palm of his palm he pronounced were traces of a torture.
“I contingency go behind home. Uganda is my home,” he said. “I wish we (my supporters) to mount with a oppressed, not a oppressor.”
There was no evident criticism from U.S. authorities or from a supervision in Kampala. The U.S. embassy formerly pronounced it was endangered about a violence of MP’s following a occurrence during that Kyagulanyi’s motorist was shot dead.
Washington is a vital source of appropriation for Uganda’s military, provision hardware, income and training. It has given equipment, income and comprehension for a military’s hunt for Lord’s Resistance Army warlord Joseph Kony.
Museveni also receives tactful support from Washington for his deployment of infantry in general peacekeeping missions including a quarrel opposite militants in Somalia.
Chinese offshore oil and gas association CNOOC Ltd, France’s Total and London-listed Tullow Oil are among vital investors benefaction in Uganda. [L5N1VS2S9]
“International investors in Uganda have obligations,” Amsterdam said.
“While we are not currently in any approach seeking disinvestment from Uganda, what we are seeking is obliged investment in Uganda,” Amsterdam said.
Reporting by Reuters TV in Washington and Elias Biyraberema in Kampala; Writing by Cecilie Kallestrup in Nairobi; Editing by Ingrid Melander and Matthew Mpoke Bigg