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Obama Skips Uganda, Rwanda In Africa Tour

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“The President will reinforce the importance that the United States places on our deep and growing ties with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including through expanding economic growth, investment, and trade; strengthening democratic institutions; and investing in the next generation of African leaders,” the statement issued on May 20 reads in part.


It remains unclear why Obama chose to bypass the three East African nations, considering their role in supporting the US anti-terrorism projects in the country.


Uganda and Kenya have sacrificed lives of thousands of its own soldiers to combat Al Qaeda-sponsored terrorism in Somalia. The country is now realizing peace.


Nevertheless, it appears Obama could have decided not to visit Uganda due to the State’s poor human rights record.


Police on Monday sealed off the premises of two newspapers, Daily Monitor and Red Pepper as they searched for a letter authored by exiled Coordinator of Intelligence Organs, Gen David Tinyefuza.


Tinyefuza had called for investigations into reports of planned assassinations of military officers opposed to the idea of Brig Kainerugaba Muhoozi succeeding his father, President Yoweri Museveni.


Government vehemently denied the allegations and threatened to arrest Tinyefuza for spreading harmful propaganda.


The US President avoided Kenya probably because President Uhuru Kenyatta is facing charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.


Regarding Rwanda, the US has in the past accused Kigali of supporting the M23 rebellion in Eastern Congo.


Rwanda denies the charge, insisting they do not benefit from a chaotic neighbor.


President Paul Kagame has on several occasions said the rebellion in DRC was sparked off by the poor leadership in Kinshasha.


Meanwhile, Obama will meet with a wide array of leaders from government, business, and civil society, including youth, to discuss US’ strategic partnerships on bilateral and global issues.


“The trip will underscore the President’s commitment to broadening and deepening cooperation between the United States and the people of sub-Saharan Africa to advance regional and global peace and prosperity,” read the White House statement.

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