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US Ambassador Malac Bids Farewell To Museveni

The US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac on Thursday bid the country’s President Yoweri Museveni farewell as her tour of duty in the East African country ends.

Malac who has been representing US interests in Uganda for the last four years will be leaving the country soon.

“After thirty-nine (39) years in diplomatic service alone for the United States of America, Ambassador Deborah Malac tells me she will be ending her duty here in a few days. I thank Ms. Malac and wish her luck in her next move,” Museveni says in a brief statement on his Facebook page.

Malac is set to be replaced by Natalie E. Brown who was last September nominated by the US Government as their next representative.

Ambassadors of the United States are persons nominated asambassadors by the President to serve as United States diplomats to individual nations of the world, to international organizations, and as ambassadors-at-large. Their appointment needs to be confirmed by the United States Senate.

Their appointment needs to be confirmed by the United States Senate.

It is not clear whether Natalie has been confirmed as envoy to Uganda.

Ambassadors serve “at the pleasure of the President”, meaning they can be dismissed at any time. Appointments change regularly for various reasons, such as reassignment or retirement.

An ambassador may be a career Foreign Service Officer (career diplomat – CD) or a political appointee (PA). In most cases, career foreign service officers serve a tour of approximately three years per ambassadorship whereas political appointees customarily tender their resignations upon the inauguration of a new president.


Natalie E. Brown, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, has served as the Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea, since 2016.  She previously served as Deputy Permanent Representative and Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome, Italy, 2013-2016.  Ms. Brown also served as Deputy Chief of Mission of U.S Embassy Tunis, Tunisia, 2010-2013.  In a career that has spanned almost three decades, she has garnered experience in both bilateral and multilateral diplomacy with a strong focus on Africa.  That experience, coupled with her distinguished record of leadership, make her an excellent candidate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Brown served as the Economic Counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan and as the Political Chief of the U.S. Embassy Kuwait City, Kuwait.  In Washington, she served as a Senior Watch Officer in the State Department Executive Secretariat’s Operations Center and as an International Affairs Officer in the Office of UN Political Affairs in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.  Still earlier she was the State Department’s Desk Officer for Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger in the Office of West African Affairs.  She also had assignments overseas in the U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the U.S Embassy Conakry, Guinea.

Ms. Brown earned her B.S from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Washington, D.C. in 1988 and was awarded her M.S. from the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA, in 1999.  She is the recipient numerous State Department awards recognizing her performance.  A capable linguist, she speaks French and Arabic and has studied Italian, German, Amharic, and Tigrinya.

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