The UK House of Commons is scheduled to debate matters of democracy in Uganda on Tuesday January 8th, 2019. This historic debate follows remarks made by British MP Paul Williams in the UK Parliament last year when he urged President Museveni to retire.
Mr. Williams, the Stockton South constituency MP, was quoted to have said that, after 32 years in power, President Museveni had become a “barrier to Uganda’s development and good governance.”
His remarks attracted mixed reactions from several Ugandan commentators, including an avalanche of scorn. Some commentators accused the British legislator of neo-colonialist and condescending attitude towards Africa.
Senior Presidential spokesperson Don Wanyama in response last year said: “This UK MP still possesses a colonial mentality where he thinks Western metropolis should determine what happens in Africa. Adding that, Mr. Paul Williams should show Ugandans some respect. “We know what’s best for us. Have you stopped to ask how long the Queen has been on the throne?” Wanyama asked.
Reacting to Mr. William’s comments during plenary in April last year, the UK secretary of state for international development, Ms. Penny Mordaunt, said the Foreign Secretary then (Boris Johnson) and the minister for Africa and other ministers were expected to have bilateral talks on this issue.
You can follow the live debate on democracy in Uganda on Tuesday January 8th, 2019 from 4:30-5:30 UK Time (7:30-8:30 Uganda Time) through this live stream link
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