President Yoweri Museveni has today met with the United States Ambassador to Uganda Mrs. Deborah Malac, ed http://chatterblast.com/wp-includes/class-wp-simplepie-file.php who in her few months of service in the country has made a mark in criticizing the government’s ‘restrictions on citizens’ freedoms and maltreatment of its opponents.’
The meeting was held this Friday morning at State House Entebbe according to The Presidency spokesperson Mrs Lindah Nabusayi, although more details were yet to come out.
The mood of this long predicted meeting is anticipated to be less diplomatic as it flies in the face of continuous bashing by the Ambassador, of President Museveni’s government; the latest being yesterday’s ban on live media coverage of opposition FDC’s defiance campaign activities.
Mrs Malac’s office on Thursday afternoon described this government decision as “truly disappointing just days after World Press Freedom Day.”
“Such restrictions violate not just the rights of journalists, but the rights of citizens to information. Citizens of Uganda should be able to decide for themselves what information to use to make informed choices about their country,” said the US Embassy in a statement.
In the past, the straight-talking ambassador has sternly attacked government’s shut down of social media during the elections, the arrest of presidential candidates including FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye as well as the excesses of the Uganda police force.
President Museveni at one point angrily reacted to this criticism, saying that he doesn’t take lessons from foreign countries.
Museveni said, “I cannot allow them to give me orders about Uganda or anything in the world. They have many other things to do in their own countries than giving us advice; Uganda is ours and no one can give orders here.”
Today’s meeting between Museveni and Malac also follows media reports that the ambassador was slated to be summoned for her remarks.
The Deputy Director Uganda Media Centers Shaban Bantariza was quoted as saying that government was displeased with both Malac’s “misconceived” views and her methods of work.
He said that as a diplomat, Malac should have used diplomatic channels to express her “grievances” against the Uganda government, instead of using conferences to attack the government directly.