KAMPALA — President Yoweri Museveni has joined world leaders in congratulating Joe Biden on his victory in the U.S. presidential election.
Mr. Museveni message, posted on social media, made no mention of incumbent President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the race.
“Congratulations and greetings from the People of Uganda. The USA, with its big black population of 47.4 million people, as well as a large Christian population that are linked with us by faith, with deep thinking, could easily be a natural ally of Uganda and Africa,” he wrote.
Museveni said he looked forward to working with President Biden on shared priorities, including trade, while noting that the U.S. is Uganda and Africa’s most important ally.
“The previous American Presidents have already started on positively using these linkages by putting in place the African Growth And Opportunity Act (AGOA) – a law that, since 18th May 2000, has been giving 6,500 types of African goods, quota free, tax- free access to the USA market. We salute this policy and hope that President Biden will maintain it”.
“We, therefore, congratulate the American People on exercising their right by, massively, voting for the candidates of their choice: President Trump and Vice- President Biden. We congratulate H.E. Biden for winning both the Popular vote and the Electoral College”.
Social Media commentators have since blasted the President— asking him to copy from the US and leave power peacefully.
“You have congratulated many US president its time to hand over power,” a one Brain Sserabidde commented.
“Mr. Joe Biden won the election and declared a winner without seeing even a single security personnel beating or teargasing people. The tears and suffering that Ugandans have gone through will soon be answered by the favour of God” Godfrey Erick Omalla wrote.
“How do you feel when you see peaceful change in other countries,why do you force yourself on Ugandans Mr.Rutabayisirwa…..Anyway congratulations President Biden but use your power help the oppressed Ugandans get back their country by throwing out this dictator from Power,” Donio Kenzo wrote.
What was the role of the liberation that took place in this country 40 years ago when we cannot have a peaceful transition of power and the president doesn’t want to retire….i can assure u that you and your colleagues fought for nothing, All has been washed down the drain…Ugandans are at square one as they were just before u assumed office— Ssekajja Hamzah
Sir,how many US Presidents have you congratulated on their election in your capacity as the President of Uganda…?l wish you well as you plan to congratulate Biden’s successor after his two terms in office in your same capacity. The bakuzulu “love” you so much— Oyamo Othieno