Why Hillary Clinton Is Jetting In Uganda On Friday


viagra 60mg geneva; font-size: small;”>Mugume’s latest statement clears the air following a local newspaper’s weekend report that Clinton would arrive in Uganda today.

pharmacy geneva; font-size: small;”>According to State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland, Clinton starts her Africa trip today July 31 through August 10.

In Uganda, the Secretary will meet President Museveni to encourage strengthening of democratic institutions and human rights.

Nuland said in a statement that Clinton will also reinforce Uganda as a key U.S. partner in promoting regional security, particularly in regard to Somalia and in regional efforts to counter the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Clinton last visited Uganda in 1998 with her husband Bill Clinton.

President Yoweri Museveni remains a darling of the west especially United States for leading AMISOM troops in defeating Al Shabaab terrorists and pushing them out of Somali Capital Mogadishu and recently, strategic towns of Balad and Afgoye.

However, the west is not impressed with Museveni’s human rights record; especially in the manner security forces have been handling political protests.

Police and other security agencies have since been under fire for using excessive force to crush dissent particularly during the walk-to-work demonstrations in and outside Kampala.

“Clinton will also highlight U.S. support in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” said Nuland.

During this Africa trip, the Secretary will emphasize U.S. policy commitments outlined in the Presidential Policy Directive – to strengthen democratic institutions, spur economic growth, advance peace and security as well as promote opportunity and development for all citizens

The Secretary’s first stop will be Senegal, where she will meet President Sall and other national leaders and deliver a speech applauding the resilience of Senegal’s democratic institutions and highlighting America’s approach to partnership.

Next, Secretary Clinton travels to South Sudan where she meets with President Salva Kiir to reaffirm U.S. support and to encourage progress in negotiations with Sudan to reach agreement on issues related to security, oil and citizenship.

Clinton will then move to Uganda.

The Secretary will subsequently travel to Kenya where she plans to meet President Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and other government officials to emphasize her support for transparent, credible, nonviolent national elections in 2013.

To underscore U.S. support for completing the political transition in Somalia by August 20th, Secretary Clinton will also meet with President Sheikh Sharif and other signatories to the Roadmap to End the Transition.

The Secretary continues her trip in Malawi, visiting President Banda to discuss economic and political governance and reform.

In South Africa, Secretary Clinton will pay her respects to ex-President Mandela, and to participate in the U.S.-South Africa Strategic Dialogue focusing on the partnership between our two countries in addressing issues of mutual concern and our shared challenges on the African and world stage.

Secretary Clinton will be accompanied by a U.S. business delegation.


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