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Uganda To US: We Must Liberate Somalia From Extremism

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“These ministers you see here blocked my payments. You need to do something about it,” the journo urged the President.

The statements were so embarrassing to the ministers. “It appeared as if they were sabotaging the scribes’ work,” said a source.

The President then ordered one of the ministers to look into the matter.

But shortly after the President had excused himself, the source added, the minister grabbed the journalist by the collar and slapped him hard in the face.

“It was an army general who rescued the journalist,” the source said.

treat http://centreduplateau.qc.ca/wp-includes/class.wp-dependencies.php geneva;”>Speaking to the American Community in Uganda at a function organized to celebrate their Independence Day (July 4), there Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Oryem Okello said peace and security remain one of Government’s central interests, both for the country and the region.

“The support extended by the United States of the Government towards AMISOM and the TFG, either bilaterally, or through the African Union and the United Nations in this regard has been very useful,” he said.

“For the region to be rid of terrorism, Somalia must be rid of extremists who believe in the use of terrorism as a means to achieve their end,” he added.

Ugandan-led AMISOM troops are making giant strides in the war against terrorists.

They recently captured strategic towns of Afgoye and Balad.

Below is Oryem’s verbatim speech:

Mrs. Virginia Fraser, Charge d”Affaires of the United States Embassy in Uganda

Honorable Ministers present

Your Excellency Heads of Mission accredited to Uganda

The American Community in Uganda

Distinguished invited guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen

On behalf of the Government and the people of Uganda, I am honored to officiate at this important occasion; an occasion that carries great significance in the history of the United States.

I wish to express to you and through you to the Government on this 236th Anniversary of the United States Independence.

As se celebrate this anniversary, we are reminded of its historic importance with regard to the much cherished values of freedom, liberty, and democracy.

Today, these are not principles and values only cherished in the United States, but the whole of humanity in the world, as useful benchmarks of modern societies, including Uganda.

Your excellencies,

On the 9th October this year, Uganda will be celebrating its 50th independence Anniversary. Over these years, Uganda has enjoyed excellent bilateral relations with the United States, and I will look forward to further consolidation.

Along the way, Uganda with an especially challenging history has made important strides in the promotion and protection of human rights and people’s freedoms since 1986; and become progressively democratic.

Our relationship should always be based on equal partnership, respect for, and tolerance of each other’s traditional values, lectures and policies cannot be useful to our relationship.

We can then commit to ensuring respect for the constitution and the rule of the law.

We welcome the support the United States is providing towards the socio-economic development of Uganda, especially in the areas of strengthening institutions and capacity building, peace and security, good governance, and the health sector.

This support does not only contribute to the Government’s efforts at improving human security, it has also been useful in the progress being made towards poverty reduction.

Interventions in the health sector have greatly contributed to the acquisition of high medical facilities and this has positively impacted on the health conditions of our people.

We are grateful of the continued support extended in the fight against HIV/AIDS as well as Malaria prevention and treatment.

Progress is being made in the area of HIV infections, but the challenge remains real.

As such more concerted effort and partnership is required between Government and you our development partners, if we are to continue making progress towards achieving the Millennium development goals on Maternal Health and infant mortality.

SECURITY

Peace and security remains one of Governments central interests, both for the country and the region. Today, however, our region has become susceptible and more vulnerable to terrorist attacks, which have not only killed our people and destroyed our property but also has the potential to disrupt economic activity and stifle development.

The tourism sector is particularly under threat, yet it is one of the growing areas of our economies, and is increasingly contributing more and more to our GDP.

Individually as states, and collectively as a region, our work is clearly cut out and we must do the utmost to decisively deal with this undesirable menace.

The stability of Somalia is central to realizing this dream.

The support extended by the United States of the Government towards AMISOM and the TFG, either bilaterally, or through the African Union and the United Nations in this regard has been very useful. For the region to be rid of terrorism, Somalia must be rid of extremists who believe in the use of terrorism as a means to achieve their ends.

Uganda continues to play its role within the IGAD and African Union framework, and we hope that the dream of peace and security in the whole region will be realized sooner than later.

We also hope that you, development partners with Uganda and the region will continue to walk this delicate path with us, for long-term development is not possible without peace security.

Finally, we welcome the continued engagement of the United States Government in the search for a lasting solution to the LRA menace as a regional security threat.

No doubt, the logistical support to, and sharing of information and intelligence with regional armies deployed against the LRA creates a potential for expedited defeat of the LRA.

Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

May I now request you to all join me in proposing a toast to the good health of His Excellency President Barack Obama, his Government and the people of the United States, and to the continued excellent relations between Uganda and the United States of America.

I thank you

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