Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni today met with the European Union delegation in Uganda led by the EU Ambassador to Uganda H.E. Attilio Pacifici as part of continuous engagements.
In a statement issued this evening, Museveni assured EU of free and fair elections in 2021.
“…About the political situation in the country ahead of 2021 elections, the government is committed to ensuring free and fair elections. Relevant government organs are handling the necessary reforms needed ahead of the elections,” Museveni said.
He thanked the European Union countries for emphasising trade rather than aid when dealing with Uganda.
“This has seen our earnings from trade with the European Union triple the EU aid to Uganda in the past few years,” Museveni said, adding that trade is complimentary because each participating party benefits.
“I appeal to the EU envoys to attract more European companies to invest in Uganda and take advantage of the ready market here,” Museveni said.
He added: “About environment degradation, an issue the envoys raised, the government shares their concerns. A large population in agriculture means continuous attacks on wetlands, forests, water bodies etc. But steps are being taken to remove people from environmentally sensitive areas.”