KAMPALA — Rosa Malango the UN Resident Representative in Uganda has challenged Ugandans to love their country as a way of fostering harmony after a very heated 2021 general election.
This was at a United Nations Dialogue on the role of civic education in inspiring a new spirit of citizenship held at the UN Resident Representative’s home at Kololo in Kampala.
A campaign dubbed #ThisIsHome was later launched by President Yoweri Museveni during the national Heroes Day celebrations at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds.
#ThisIsHome, is one of of Ms. Malango last projects in Uganda
The campaign is aimed at making Ugandans appreciate their country and be patriotic.
Ms. Malango who is departing says Uganda is now a second home to her family, she adopted a child in Uganda and will be returning often in an individual capacity.
On his part, Museveni blamed the violence that occurred during the January polls on political actors and elements within government security forces.
He said that he and his government are fighting to stop the mass killing that is happening in the country.
Apparently, Ugandans are petitioning the International Monetary Fund to cancel its approval of a UGX 3.5 trillion loan for Uganda, citing mismanagement of funds by the government and the country’s increasing debt load.
This was after the IMF staff reached an agreement with Ugandan authorities on a medium-term program that could be supported by IMF resources of about US$1 billion (UGX. 3.5 trillion) under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF).
But in the latest round of online activism in the country, Ugandans are protesting this move.
Using the hashtags #StopLoaningUganda and #UgandaIsBleeding, they’re asking the financial institution to cancel the financing arrangement, highlighting citizens’ growing frustration with debt burden and corruption in the country.
In a letter to the Managing Director of IMF Ms. Kristalina Georgieva over plans to yet again extend over 1 billion dollars to the regime, they have so announced a global protest on Friday.
“It would be unconscionable for the IMF to allocate more funds to a regime so riddled with endemic corruption that the almost $1 billion that IMF, World Bank & other international donors allocated to Uganda in 2020 for Covid relief was either embezzled or misdirected towards military suppression of opposition political party supporters, ” they wrote in a letter seen by this website.