today's Pick
US says Uganda's role in Congo more crucial
Publish Date: Nov 21, 2012
US says Uganda's role in Congo more crucial
Ambassador Scott De Lisi says the role of Uganda is more critical in addressing the recent fighting i the DRC. PHOTO/Abu Mwesigwa
  • mail
  • img

By Steven Candia

The renewed clashes in the eastern DRC between the M23 rebels and government forces have made Uganda’s role in pacifying the region even more crucial, the US Ambassador to Uganda has said.

Speaking at a meeting with internal affairs minister Hillary Onek yesterday, ambassador Scott De Lisi said there was no doubt regarding the important pacification role that Uganda was playing in the region, which even comes in more handy, given the recent flare up in eastern DRC.

The ambassador hailed Uganda’s role in Somalia under the auspices of the African Union (AU) and said Uganda’s lead role in numerous regional peace initiatives has endeared it to many countries in the region.

“Uganda enjoys the support of all countries in the region in addressing these issues and that speaks volumes. The recent upsurge in fighting in the DRC makes Uganda’s role and voice in these initiatives even more critical in addressing this issue,” Scott De Lisi said at the meeting held at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The meeting was attended by Police boss Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura, the director of immigration, Godfrey Sasagah and director corrections in the Uganda Prisons services, Tommy Ochen, who represented the Commissioner General.

Responding to a question on a leaked UN panel of experts report implicating Uganda, Scott De Lisi maintained that it was important that Uganda be heard before a final position is reached. Uganda which has sent a team to the UN has since dismissed the report as false and threatened to pull out of all regional peace initiatives, including Somalia.

On the recent spate of corruption in the country, Scott De Lisi said the US government was concerned, though no direct funding from the US had been misappropriated. He, however, said they expect the government of Uganda to tackle the vice decisively.

“We met the President on Monday and he assured us of the Government commitment’s to fighting corruption,” he said.

The ambassador also hailed the Police as being professional, noting that it had undergone a major transformation.

Onek on his part reiterated the Government’s commitment to combatting fraud and hailed the relationship that the two countries enjoy.

The meeting, he said, was to explore ways of cultivating “a productive partnership” between the two countries that may result in more support for the Police and Prisons. The support, Onek said, could be in the area of counter-terrorism, human trafficking and cyber crime. He hailed the US for the continued support it has been rendering to the Police.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Bugisu mourns death of Minister Mutende
Politicians, local leaders and voters in Mbale have mourned the death of State minister for industry, James Shinyabulo Mutende....
Uganda can
The days when Ugandans would fret over the specter of violence on account of electoral contestation are truly over, saya President Museveni....
State minister for industry Mutende dies
Uganda''s minister of state for industry James Shinyabulo Mutende has died, according to reports....
Nobel prize creator: His last will and testament
Swedish inventor and scholar Alfred Nobel ordered the creation of the famous Nobel prizes in his will....
Tensions rise ahead of tight Tanzania vote
WITH three weeks left until elections in Tanzania, East Africa's most populous nation, tensions are rising ahead of what is expected to be tightest electoral race in the country's history...
Bishops resume battle over future of family
A second and final round of a landmark review of Church teaching on the family kicks off on Sunday....
Should sachet waragi be banned?
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter