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EXCLUSIVE: Plot to Block Museveni U.S. Trip Leaks

Museveni attending a UN Summit in New York (File photo)

President Museveni has survived a grand plan aimed at blocking him from attending a high level conference on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

A few months ago, page http://dentistryatthepark.com/wp-admin/maint/repair.php President Museveni received an invitation to attend the United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants in New York, discount http://conceive.ca/wp-content/cache/wp-cache-c77a62006bbe42c000464d89de899b85.php U.S.

The conference set for September 19 is expected to address large movements of refugees and migrants, buy with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach.

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The reasoning behind the conference is that the issue of large movements of refugees and migrants is too vast for any one state to handle on its own and that the international community must work together to find durable solutions.

Interestingly, some officials at the U.S. Embassy in Kampala and other players in the international community quietly mobilised to block Museveni from attending or addressing the refugee conference.

They argued that the recent presidential election was marred by allegations of rigging and that they didn’t think Museveni was legitimately elected as the country’s leader.

Others, highly placed sources told ChimpReports, said Museveni would use the platform to bolster his international reputation in the aftermath of the contested election.

“The U.S. embassy people tried their best to block Museveni from gracing this conference,” said a diplomatic source who preferred anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter.

The U.S. officials’ attitude did not impress the Uganda government.

We are reliably informed that the situation was saved by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

“UNCHR officials informed the U.S. government that Uganda’s model of handling refugees remains remarkable and should be emulated worldwide,” said a source.

“The Refugee agency insisted that Uganda provides shelter and land for refugees to survive. Yet, in other countries, refugees are kept in camps and their movement is restricted,” the top source added.

“UNCHR boldly told U.S. officials to put politics aside in dealing with refugee issues. They said antagonizing Uganda which not only receives refugees but also sends its forces in the region to address causes of displacement was extremely dangerous.”

By mid this year, Uganda was hosting 207,921 refugees from Congo, 257,171 from South Sudan, 36,758 from Somalia, 2,772 from North Sudan, 39,608 from Burundi and 17,367 from Rwanda.

More than 500,000 refugees from 13 countries are settled in Uganda in various refugee settlements in nine districts, according to a World Bank study on Forced Displacement and Mixed Migration in the Horn of Africa.

Nakivale is the 8th largest refugee settlement in the world, hosting more than 60,000 refugees, the majority of them from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Our source said upon being confronted with facts, U.S. officials quit their operation against Museveni.

The President is expected to travel to travel to New York this week for the Summit which will as well be graced by President Obama.

U.S.-Uganda Ties

Plans against Museveni’s trip have since raised concerns in the diplomatic circles considering recent incidents that have showed a possible shift in the U.S. foreign policy towards Uganda.

Diplomats have cited President Obama’s recent Africa trip where he visited Kenya and Ethiopia; tactfully dodging Uganda.

Yet, Museveni’s government has actively participated in the U.S.-led war on terror especially in Somalia and Central African Republic.

The second incident was Ambassador Deborah Malac’s storming out of President Museveni’s inauguration in May, 2016.

The third was the blocking of a senior army officer’s military course at Fort Leavenworth, U.S.

An influential source said, “Obama’s administration was misled by previous and current U.S. Embassy officials especially on matters related to good governance under president Museveni. It will take a long time to correct that image.”

Delivering a key-note address as he opened the weeklong retreat of government ministers, permanent secretaries and NRM leaders at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi recently, President Museveni said accepting African refugees is “part of the solidarity with our African brothers and sisters.”

He elaborated Uganda has made it a priority to welcome refugees as part of its long-term strategies.

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