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Kutesa UN Presidency Meets Stiff Resistance

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While western countries reacted angrily towards the legislation, majority Ugandans said the law was necessary to preserve the traditional marriage set up and the country’s moral fabric.


Hon. Kutesa will be “elected by acclamation” by the United Nations General Assembly during elections to be held in June 2014.


There will be no ballots cast since the African Union Executive Council, composed of African Ministers responsible for Foreign Affairs, unanimously endorsed Kutesa’s candidacy for President of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly for the period 2014-2015.


New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand was quoted by the western media as saying, “It would be disturbing to see the foreign minister of a country that passed an unjust, harsh and discriminatory law based on sexual orientation preside over the UN general assembly.”


UK Premier, David Cameron has also been approached to speak out against the election of Kutesa a UN President.


Observers say blocking Kutesa’s presidency is not likely in the near future but a campaign led by human rights activists could be aimed at discrediting Uganda’s reign at the world body.


Observers say if well utilized, Kutesa’s position could see the country’s international profile grow in leaps and bounds.


A politician and lawyer by profession, Kutesa has been in charge of Foreign Affairs docket since January 13 2005.


He has managed to sail through cabinet reshuffles of June 2006, February 2009, and that of May 2011.


He was cleared of allegations of corruption in the award of contracts for executive cars for officials during the 2007 Common Wealth Meeting in Kampala.


Allegations that Kutesa received huge bribes from oil companies for fatty contracts in Uganda were found baseless by a committee of Parliament.


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This position is voted for by representatives in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on a yearly basis. The President presides over the sessions of the General Assembly.

Kutesa recently elaborated that such a position would “enhance the country’s Foreign Policy strategic objectives and visibility.”


He added: “This will be Africa’s turn to provide a President, and Uganda is competing with Cameroon. I have been nominated to fill the position if our bid succeeds. No doubt, membership to and aspirations in the above, place Uganda in the main stream programmes of the Union and enhances the country’s Foreign Policy Strategic objectives and visibility.”

The Minister emphasized there is also no doubt this places additional responsibilities to the country, in terms of financial resources.

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