Ex-US President Obama coming to Uganda

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This picture of Obama and his wife Michelle was drawn by an uneducated person from Teso region and shared by NTV journalist Sudhir Byaruhanga.

Former US President Barack Obama is finally coming to Uganda this year.

Barack Hussein Obama II, an American attorney and politician served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017.

A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first African American to be elected to the presidency.

During his reign, he managed to visit the neighbouring Kenya where his father Barack Obama Sr hails from.

Of the three recent US presidents, its Obama who never visited Uganda.

This time round, he will come to Uganda in December this year, according to Daily Monitor.

Monitor reported that Obama will attend a conference on Slave Trade which will be hosted in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

The Atlantic slave trade or transatlantic slave trade involved the transportation by slave traders of enslaved African people, mainly to the Americas.

The slave trade regularly used the triangular trade route and its Middle Passage, and existed from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

During the 32nd African Union [AU] Summit breakfast meeting to mark 400th anniversary of the transatlantic slave trade, President Museveni’s address centred on Africa’s integration to avert neo-colonial tendencies that would return the continent to such dark days.

“This in my view is an “anti-slavery” conference because for the last 600 years Africans have suffered some form of slavery at every turn,” Museveni said in November 2018.

He added: “From slave trade to colonization into neo-colonialism. Part of this has been driven by lack of financial independence.”

In October 2014, through his Secretary of State John Kerry, Obama is quoted to have said: “East Africa looks to Uganda for leadership”.

This was, however, catalysed by President Museveni’ signing of the anti-gay bill into law.  

Obama then made a statement saying the relationship between his country and Uganda would be “complicated” if Museveni signs the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law.

Museveni in turn told Obama to stop interfering in the affairs of Uganda, adding he will work with Russia instead of America.

“Russia has worked in Africa since 1917, meaning they have been here for more than 100 years. I want to work with Russia because they don’t mix up their politics with other country’s politics,” Museveni said.

He added: “If you see a person going to another person’s home then you know there is a problem.”

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