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US aid to Uganda continues amid Trump’s call for cuts

In an aggressive push for his “put Americans first,” agenda, the Donald Trump White House has repeatedly called for cuts to foreign aid, sending shivers down many beneficiaries’ spines around the globe, Uganda inclusive.

But in a media briefing yesterday at the American Centre in Nsambya, Ambassador Deborah Malac said the US congress had not allowed the reductions to take place; so, assistance to various Ugandan programs would continue as budgeted for.

“We are continuing with our programming until and if there is a reduction in the amount of funding we are receiving,” Malac said as she launched the Report To The Ugandan People.

Uganda received $896m (about Shs 3.3 trillion) from the USA in the fiscal year 2018, most of it going to the country’s chronically under-funded health sector.

The President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR), in particular, used more than $400m in FY2018 in HIV/Aids care, prevention, treatment and support services.

The report also highlights the US mission’s work in agriculture, peacekeeping, refugee crises, rule of law and governance, among others.

Recognising the persistent poor ranking of the country by various corruption indexes, Malac said it is her government’s policy to work directly with implementing partners, and not directly with sitting governments, to ensure strict accountability for funding.

The launch was also attended by the heads of different US departments in Uganda.

carol@observer.ug

Comments

0 #1 Akot 2019-09-11 20:19
D. Trump knows USA financial help to shitholes go directly to demon rulers & not used to help the people through Education, Sudsidy in Agriculture, Healthcare, Housing, good Roads!

South/Central Americans are financially helped by USA, yet they are causing chaos in US with migration as those want a share of the money USA gives their useless governments, yet the people don't see a cent!

If money given to Uganda government by USA/EU since 1986 had been put to good use, Uganda would be a first class developed country by now!

Migrants have understood & are going to USA/Europe to get served & just live!

R. Regan, GW. Bush, G. Bush, B. Clinton, B. Obama left Museveni in power & D. Trump will be the next one!...
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0 #2 Akot 2019-09-11 20:31
...Why does USA continue to give their hard earned money to Uganda ruled by Museveni since 1986, when US maintain real democracy with very very active opposition, peaceful change through peaceful but hard campaigns?

Does it make sense USA continues to finance the most inhuman tribalistic divisive 1 man rule the world has ever seen to let it just go on?

This is more so as Museveni has cleared way & already won next fake election, locked up even Dr Nyanzi for saying things just as they are, given the Uganda situation?

Why does democratic USA already in campaign for continuity of their democracy, giving money to Uganda ruled by 1 man since 1986 with no chance of another replacing him?

Why does USA respect their democracy, yet help finance & maintain dictator Museveni in power since 1986?
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0 #3 rubangakene 2019-09-11 22:22
How long does the likes of Trump have to "teach this baby how to walk", eh?
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-1 #4 Wainanchi 2019-09-11 23:48
President Donald Trump Oyeeeee!!! Museveni Oyeeeee!!

Donald Trump is the best US president elected ever!!! Trump and Museveni oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!
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0 #5 Kirya 2019-09-12 00:32
USA maintains m7 the thug in power. The day the cut it m7 will be history!
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0 #6 WADADA roger 2019-09-12 12:34
Please stop giving us your aid, we dont need it
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-1 #7 Wainanchi 2019-09-12 14:40
Hahahaha you muyaye make me laugh with your evil and stupid comments all the time!

Now some idiots even want to lynch me.If we get you thugs, we shall cover you with tar and feathers and walk you in streets like stupid dogs, since you are dogs and fools!!
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