The United States Government Mission in Kampala tweeted on 21st February 2016, following Uganda’s presidential and parliamentary elections:
“Ugandan people deserved better.”US Mission, Kampala
Which Ugandans, all Ugandans, really? And what constitutes better for Ugandans – the opinion of the US government over that of Ugandans? These are the questions that I posed on Twitter in reaction to the US Government’s tweet, as I presumed that they meant better than the current President of Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri Kagutta Museveni, who had just been declared winner.
President Yoweri Kagutta Musveni of Uganda (1986 to date)
Ralph Broonland responded on twitter:
“It’s opinion as a US … a democratic state which respects Human Rights and Freedom.”@Broonland
To which I responded:
“Am a black African and I feel safer in Uganda than I do if I were in USA #BlackLivesMatter.”@nowaraga
My insinuation being that the human rights record of the US is not all that, when it comes to black people, such as I am, was lost on Ralph who responded:
“Well your opinion, their opinion. Win win right?”@Broonland
How can it be a win win for a black African woman when leaders of a nation in which black people, some of African descent, are lynched further insult her ability to determine for herself what is good for her?
3 responses to “US Government wishes better for Ugandans?”
[…] An endeavour which presumes that the aspiration of the majority of Ugandans is to have another president other than President Museveni. Indeed, in 2016, the US Mission in Kampala did assert: “Ugandans deserve better.” […]
[…] speak of the continent like they are the experts and in patronising tones. Yes, one was among the Ugandans who were totally repulsed by the Ambassador. One considers the Ambassador disrespectful of the nation-state – the Republic of Uganda and […]
Americans are very quick to open their mouths without engaging their brains. They think that they are best in everything without knowing that they are never at the top of the list on whatever measurement you want to choose except GDP. Vote Donald Trump – frightening.