The leader of the National Unity Platform-NUP, Robert Kyagulanyi exposed his inability to comprehend international relations issues by condemning the government’s neutrality and seeming support for Russia.
Kyagulanyi in his shortsightedness criticized the decision by President Yoweri Museveni for holding diplomatic talks with the Russian delegation.
His outburst and attacks on government stemmed from the diplomatic meeting held by President Yoweri Museveni at State House Entebbe with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Uganda, Mr. Vladlen Semivolos.
The meeting comes hardly a day after the UN General Assembly voted to reprimand Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
President’s meeting with the Russian delegation also discussed matters of mutual interest between the two countries.
As the champion of peace, security, and stability within the region, Uganda took the righteous move to remain neutral on this matter. Since I know Kyagulanyi has little exposure to international matters and foreign relations, I wasn’t surprised when he arrogantly uttered such a statement.
First, Kyagulanyi should deter himself from poking his nose on matters far above his local political exposure.
President Museveni as the head of government was constitutionally right to hold talks with the Russian representatives since the two countries enjoy enormous bilateral connections. The statement by Kyagulanyi exposed his dwarfism knowledge on matters of International affairs and diplomatic core.
This same Kyagulanyi and his NUP group a few months ago, offensively attacked the government and specifically the person of the President when UPDF embarked on a joint operation against the Allied Democratic Forces in the Eastern DR Congo.
In their manifesto during the 2021 election, on bullet number five, NUP and Kyagulanyi emphasized National Security and International Relations, so why turn back when they equally carried the same interest in their political manifesto?
In 2019, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni met with President of Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum in Sochi, discussed cooperation in the areas of manufacture of human and livestock vaccines, explore space technology, construction, cyber technology, and agriculture among others.
In December 2012, President of Uganda, J.K. Museveni, paid an official visit to Russia, during which he held talks with President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin.The foreign trade turnover between Russia and Uganda in 2010 amounted to 49 million US dollars. In Uganda, there is a representative office of the Kazan Helicopter Plant with a group of Russian helicopter operation and maintenance specialists.
This village arrogance of Kyagulanyi, courtesy of lack of little exposure on diplomatic matters must stop.The group should also be informed that matters of international affairs and security go above local political excitement brewed from downtown in Kamwokya.
It’s no secret that NUP and her leadership under Kyagulanyi can never afford to go against the decision of their funders from the west against the Africans.
Uganda is among the 35 countries around the World that abstained from voting at the UN General Assembly.
Five nations voted against the measure; Russia, Belarus, Syria, North Korea, and Eritrea. Uganda’s special envoy and ambassador to the United Nations Adonia Ayebare explained in a tweet that abstaining from voting at the UN Assembly was for strategic reasons.
“Uganda abstained on the UN General Assembly vote on the Ukraine Crisis. As incoming chair of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), neutrality is key. Uganda will continue to play a constructive role in the maintenance of peace and security both regionally and globally,” the tweet reads.
It’s prudent that People like Bobi Wine keep quiet on some topics and let the qualified do their job.