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STOP U.S. AID TO UGANDAFebruary 27, 2017

On February 2, 2017, Mr. Remigius Kintu, Chairman of Uganda National Front, petitioned the British Prime Minister, Theresa May and President Trump and the U.S. Congress:

  • To suspend military and financial aid to Uganda which is sustaining Museveni's corrupt and brutal dictatorship?

  • To re-consider diplomatic relations with Museveni who is holding on to power by stealing elections.

United States and Britain cannot be champions of democracy while at the same time propping up corrupt tyrants such as Museveni with military and financial aid.

For the past 31 years, hundreds of thousands of innocent people have been killed in Uganda and the neighboring countries at the orders of Museveni. As a self-declared president for life, whoever challenges him is either tortured or killed.

Uganda's economy, infrastructure and essential services have been destroyed while Museveni, his family and their cronies are stealing every penny that trickles into the country. Uganda's education and health services are miserably eroded.

Museveni has repeatedly rigged elections and manipulated the Uganda Constitution in order to stay in power. The most recent rigging was in February, 2016 which was witnessed by Commonwealth and other international observers including U.S. officials.

On January 26, 2017 dictator Museveni declared: "I am not a servant, because this is what some people have been saying, that I should be a servant of Ugandans. I am not a servant of anybody. I am a freedom fighter. I am not employed by the country. I am fighting for myself and for my beliefs. If anybody thinks that he employed me, he is deceiving himself."

Prior to that, President Museveni was interviewed on November 12, 2015 by Jeff Koinange in Nairobi, Kenya on Capital Talk TV program. Answering Mr. Koinange's question, Museveni said, "I am working for myself. I am not working for other people. I am working for my grandchildren. I am working for my children."

You may recall that during Idi Amin's reign of terror (1977/78) the U.S. suspended foreign aid and cut off trade with Uganda until Idi Amin was overthrown. The U.S. economic embargo worked and effectively weakened Amin's regime to its collapse. Mr. Kintu worked very closely with the late Congressman Don J. Pease (D-OH) and other lawmakers of both parties on Capitol Hill to enact that legislation.

It is a fact; Museveni's dictatorship is sustained by American and British military and financial support. These two countries have a special leverage which can be applied to bring about the needed political changes and improve the lives of people in Uganda. Peace-loving Ugandans are ready to work with the U.S.A., Britain and other countries to re-establish democracy, promote economic development and human rights in Uganda.

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