June 13, 2024
Uganda Loses Billions After President Ruto's State Visit To The US

Uganda Loses Billions After President Ruto’s State Visit To The US

On Thursday, May 23, US President Joe Biden vowed to fund Kenya’s counterterrorism measures with Ksh2.4 billion. 

This was disclosed during a bilateral meeting with President William Ruto, and the funds are expected to be utilized for peacekeeping activities in Sudan, Somalia, and other neighboring countries. 

Ugandan media reported that the billions Ruto received during his US State Visit were meant to have been channeled to Yoweri Museveni’s administration. 

For years, the United States saw Museveni and his government as crucial partners in East Africa, battling global terrorism while also strengthening regional stability.

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush funded Uganda to advance peacekeeping efforts and democracy in the region.

For example, Uganda previously received billions of shillings from the US to manage insecurity in Somalia, which is now handled by Kenya. 

Furthermore, President Biden stated that Kenya would continue to receive help through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). 

The funds will be used to improve the health of approximately 1.3 million Kenyans living with HIV/AIDS, as well as to support HIV prevention programs.

It should be highlighted that Uganda was one of the key beneficiaries of PEPFAR, but money is now in jeopardy as the US continues to accuse Uganda of human rights violations.

Furthermore, in 2002, the United States recognized Uganda as eligible for preferential trading status under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

While Kenya will retain this status, President Joe Biden has formally removed Uganda from the list in January 2024.

Biden explained why Uganda was being delisted from AGOA, stating, “Uganda has engaged in gross violations of internationally recognised human rights.”

Uganda Loses Billions After President Ruto’s State Visit To The US

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