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Uganda Calls on UK to Cease Interference Following Sanctions on Officials

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Dallas Hughes

May 2, 2024

The Ugandan Parliament accused the British government of using the corruption allegations

An avenue to Uganda's Parliament in the capital City of Uganda Kampala

Kampala, Uganda - The British government announced sanctions against three prominent Ugandan officials on Tuesday, citing serious corruption charges linked to the misappropriation of resources intended for Uganda's impoverished Karamoja region. The sanctioned individuals include Anita Among, the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, alongside former ministers Goretti Kitutu and Agnes Nandutu.

The trio is accused of diverting iron sheets that were meant to aid the development of Karamoja, an area in northeastern Uganda. This action has drawn significant criticism from the Ugandan Parliament, which called for Britain to respect Uganda's sovereignty and refrain from interference in local governance.

In a strongly worded statement issued late Tuesday, the Ugandan Parliament expressed concerns over what it perceives as the UK's attempt to influence local politics under the guise of anti-corruption measures. The statement highlighted suspicions that the sanctions might also be a response to Uganda's recent legislation on homosexuality, which includes severe penalties for related offenses. This legislation has faced sharp criticism from various Western nations, including the UK.

The Ugandan Parliament accused the British government of using the corruption allegations as a pretext to exert political pressure on Uganda due to differing views on human rights issues, particularly homosexuality. The sanctions and the ensuing diplomatic tensions underscore the growing international scrutiny over Uganda's human rights record and its handling of corruption.

The development could further strain the relations between Uganda and its international partners, especially those advocating for strict adherence to human rights norms.

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