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Controversial EU Envoy Finally Quits Uganda


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Ambassador Ridolfi became the Head of European Union Delegation to Uganda in 2011 and is now leaving on promotion as the Director in the Development and Co-operation Directorate of the European Commission in-charge of Sustainable Growth and Development.

President Museveni thanked the envoy for his services in the country and wished him luck in his new assignment.

A few months before his “promotion” and transfer, Ridolfi was grilled by Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials for meddling in the country’s internal affairs.

This followed the envoy’s remarks in which he poured scorn on Museveni’s speech.

Ridolfi said then that “a head of state’s most comprehensive accountability to citizens for government’s action and inactions over the previous year — was not as wide-ranging. It is a pity because the state-of-the-nation – [in] my personal view is that – should have covered two or three other items,” Mr Ridolfi was quoted by a local newspaper as saying then.

“I think the people of Uganda were expecting references to this (Gen. David) Sejusa affair, the fight against corruption, which, as I repeat, can display some progress and the closure of the media (houses). These references could have been done positively.”

The envoy was assured by government officials that his statements were tantamount to “undue interference in the internal affairs of Uganda and is unacceptable conduct of a diplomat accredited to Uganda and should be repealed.”


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