US ambassador bids Museveni farewell

Retiring. President Museveni shares a light moment with outgoing US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac after a meeting at State House Entebbe on January 16, 2020. PPU PHOTO

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President Museveni met Amb Malac at State House, Entebbe.

President Museveni has bid farewell to the outgoing US Ambassador Deborah Malac, who promised to return to Uganda to focus on investment for development.
President Museveni met Amb Malac at State House, Entebbe.
Ambassador Malac will also retire to private work after spending 39 years doing US public service, mainly in Africa.

“I wish you good luck in your retirement. We shall keep in touch,” President Museveni said according to a statement from State House.
Ms Amb Malac, who has been in Uganda for four years, has been very vocal on issues of human rights and democracy. She even participated in peaceful demonstrations against abuse of women rights.

She was known for interacting well with the youth and often attended their events around the country.
According to the statement, Ms Malac said she enjoyed her stay in Uganda and called for further strengthening of the bonds of bilateral cooperation between Uganda and the US.

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“She informed the President that she is retiring to private work in America following 39 years of service as her country’s envoy in a number of countries including Cameroon, South Africa, Senegal, Liberia, Ethiopia and Uganda, she will return to Africa focusing on issues of investment for development particularly in Uganda because of the country’s conducive climate, plenty of sunshine and the good political environment,” the statement reads in part.

Human Rights activist. Many officials from the National Resistance Movement party often viewed her statements as pro-opposition and accused her of interfering in local politics.
However, most of her statements were against abuse of human rights and stopping people from enjoying rights guaranteed in Uganda’s Constitution.
She raised dust when she supported gay rights in Uganda, a country that criminalises sexual intercourse between people of the same sex.

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