By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: Uganda State House official, to be more precise, President Yoweri Museveni’s Senior Press Secretary Don Wanyama has blasted newly appointed United States Ambassador to Uganda HE. Natalie E. Brown, following her recent comments about the controversial manner in which Human Rights lawyer Nicholas Opio was arrested.
Via Embassy’s official Twitter handle, Natalie condemned how court yesterday (Thursday) handled Opio’s case, saying all the government aimed at was to keep him in detention, which is, according to her, a threat to human rights in the banana republic.
“Disappointed to learn that the only decision taken today wrt to the charges against @NickOpiyo was to remand his case to another court and to continue to detain him. #JusticeDelayedIsJusticeDenied,” Natalie tweeted.
Disappointed to learn that the only decision taken today wrt to the charges against @NickOpiyo was to remand his case to another court and to continue to detain him. #JusticeDelayedIsJusticeDenied https://t.co/AYziaeph0O
— U.S. Ambassador to Uganda (@USAmbUganda) December 24, 2020
Minutes after Natalie’s statement landed, seemingly disturbed president’s watch dog Don Wanyama responded thus; “Please take time to appreciate your host country’s systems. There’s nothing like “remand case to another court”. Importantly, respect our processes. Imagine if all our views on President Trump’s pardon of Stones, Manafort & Kushner counted!”
Of recent US seems to be picking a bone with Uganda. The Trump led administration recently warned Uganda’s top security officials to be aware of seriously sanctions against them if the January 2021 elections result into loss of lives at the hands of security personnel.
Please take time to appreciate*your host country's systems. There's nothing like "remand case to another court". Importantly, respect our processes. Imagine if all our views on President Trump's pardon of Stones, Manafort & Kushner counted! https://t.co/z6XXLwyLU2
— Don Wanyama (@nyamadon) December 24, 2020