KAMPALA, January 19– Uganda has accused US Ambassador Natalie E Brown of seeking to subvert the country’s January 14 presidential election by trying to visit opposition candidate Robert Kyangulanyi alias Bobi Wine at his home.
The US Embassy in Kampala on Monday said Ambassador Brown was denied access to Bobi Wine by Ugandan security forces.
In a statement, the embassy said the purpose of Brown’s visit was to check on Kyagulanyi’s health and safety, given he’s effectively been unable to leave his home, with security forces surrounding his residence.As of Tuesday, January 19, it IS day six since Bobi Wine was put under house arrest.
He said they are still stuck with an 18 months old baby, who had paid a visit to her auntie (his wife, Barbara) before the military raided their home.
“The dad has been denied access to her. We have run out of food and milk. No one is allowed to leave or come into our compound,” Bobi Wine said.
But Uganda’s government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said the US envoy had no business visiting Bobi Wine, who the army says is being held to prevent potential unrest in the wake of the result.
“What she has been trying to do blatantly is to meddle in Uganda’s internal politics, particularly elections, to subvert our elections and the will of the people. She shouldn’t do anything outside the diplomatic norms,” Opondo said.
Without providing any evidence, Opondo claimed Brown had a track record of causing trouble in countries where she has worked in the past. The government was watching her, he said.
Brown is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor, and was confirmed by the Senate as ambassador to Uganda on August 6, 2020.
Her profile on the embassy’s website indicates prior to her tour of duty in Uganda, she served as the Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea, from 2016-19.
Other senior leadership positions include Deputy Permanent Representative and Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome, Italy from 2013-16, Deputy Chief of Mission in Tunis, Tunisia from 2010-13.
“Throughout her career, Ambassador Brown has garnered experience in both bilateral and multilateral diplomacy with a geographic focus on Africa and the Middle East,” the profile reads.
She has also served in Amman, Jordan, as Economic counsellor and Political Chief in Kuwait.