Parliament Congratulates Kutesa on UN job


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sickness geneva; font-size: small;”>The largely ceremonial but prestigious job of president rotates annually by region.

Kutesa will take over from current president John Ashe of Antigua at the start of the 69th session of the General Assembly in September.

Speaking Thursday at the presentation of the National Budget 2015/15, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, described as a “great achievement for Uganda” the appointment of Kutesa.

She thanked President Yoweri Museveni, the African Union, and the United Nations for “honouring the people of Uganda and the people of East Africa by picking Kutesa for the top job.”

“I congratulate the MP for “Mawogola County” in Sembabule District and Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon Sam Kahamba Kutesafor his appointment as the UNGA president and I wish him well,” she said.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Kutesa said his unanimous election was a sign of trust and confidence in him and recognition of Uganda’s contributions.

“I have never been found corrupt,” Kutesa told reporters immediately after the election.

“I’m not homophobic, and I believe that I’m (the right) person to lead this organization for the next session.”

Vowing to guide the work of the Assembly in an effective manner, Kutesa pledged firm commitment, to be accessible, transparent, fair and balanced.

His appointment faced stiff resistance from both local and local and foreign critics who accused him of corruption and homophobia.

The western critics pinpointed the Anti-Homosexuality law, which Kutesa defended openly.

About 9,000 people signed an online petition urging U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. member states to block him from taking up the post.

Kutesa’s new position is expected to “enhance the country’s Foreign Policy strategic objectives and visibility.”

He recently said, “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.”


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