Monday June 23 2014

Opposition welcomes US sanctions on Uganda

By Herbert Zziwa

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has welcomed the sanctions imposed against Uganda by the US government, saying it will ensure financial discipline in the various government institutions.

During the FDC weekly press conference at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi, the FDC spokesperson, Mr John Kikonyogo said the negative implications of the sanctions will call for financial discipline and morality among government institutions.
He also said the travel bans will reduce government expenditure on meaningless travel by officials thus ensuring transparency and accountability in government expenditure.

The United States on Thursday last week said it had cut aid to Uganda, imposed visa restrictions and cancelled a regional military exercise in response to the enactment of the anti-gay law.

The white House announced in a statement of “discontinuing or redirecting of funds from certain additional programmes involving the Uganda Police Force, Ministry of Health and National Public Health Institute. The aid and travel sanctions are among the punitive measures from the Obama administration’s review of her relation with Uganda over the anti-gay law which allegedly violates fundamental human rights.