By Norman S. Miwambo
Recent events in which President Yoweri Museveni’s forces killed over 10 people including two children and left scores of innocent unarmed civilians with permanent limbs, continue to generate more protests and petitions here in London with claims that the International community put up with Uganda’s increasing Human Rights abuses.
Human Rights activists under the Uganda United Pro-Democracy Forum (UUPDF), umbrella presented a petition to 10, Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister, calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to condemn human rights abuses in Uganda, where Her Majesty’s government supplements the country’s annual budget. The UK leads the donor community to which Uganda is one of the biggest recipients of foreign aid and its provisional budget for Uganda in the next four years is £390 million.
A petition signed by the UPDF members called on Mr. Cameron, to lead Her Majesty Government to play a decisive role in denouncing the actions of Museveni’s government. “UUPDF calls upon the UK government as the largest donor country to Uganda to play a decisive leadership role in denouncing Uganda’s brutal, inhumane methods of law enforcement that are contrary to the Constitution of Uganda and internationally recognized human rights standards,” reads part of the petition which was signed by Chairman Moses Luzinda, the UK Chapter Democratic Party (DP) chairperson Betty Atiku, Dr. Chris Kamugisha of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Lanana Obwana of Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), and the SSUUBI coordinator Richard Semitego.