[Dear Supporters, Sam Kutesa's boss Gen. Museveni is coming to Washington on August 4 for the U.S.-Africa Leaders' Summit. The anti-LGBT law was reportedly "annulled" today, August 1, 2014 by the Constitutional Court in Uganda on a technicality, meaning Parliament can pass the law correctly next time. Please sign the new petition opposing Gen. Museveni and let everyone know about it if you have...
[Dear Supporters, Sam Kutesa's boss Gen. Museveni is coming to Washington on August 4 for the U.S.-Africa Leaders' Summit. The anti-LGBT law was reportedly "annulled" today, August 1, 2014 by the Constitutional Court in Uganda on a technicality, meaning Parliament can pass the law correctly next time. Please sign the new petition opposing Gen. Museveni and let everyone know about it if you have not yet signed it. Here is the link https://www.change.org/petitions/president-barack-obama-dis-invite-museveni-uganda-s-homophobic-tyrant-who-once-called-u-s-enslaved-black-people-stupid-from-u-s-africa-leaders-summit]
[DEAR SUPPORTERS: Congratulations to all of you. As of 7:26 PM today, June 11, 2014 we have 13,466 signatures. Please continue to promote the campaign to friends and people of conscience. I published a statement on Black Star News following Mr. Kutesa's election today. The headline says 'UN: Sam Kutesa's Election Rewards Militarism, Corruption, And State-Homophobia.' Please read and share:
Mr. Kutesa is President-elect and returns in September. He is in violation of all the UN's principles as the article and this petition below shows. Let's continue the campaign until he resigns. I would also like to connect with people who want to work on planning events between now and September. Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Thanks to all for the Great Work!]
[DEAR SUPPORTERS: Go to www.blackstarnews.com for latest stories as well. As you know the vote by "acclamation" at the UN for Mr. Kutesa to take his post is June 11. So we have Tuesday June 10, to kick up our campaign a notch. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO CALL PRESIDENT OBAMA AT THE WHITE HOUSE BEGINNING EARLY ON TUESDAY JUNE 10. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ALSO SHARE THIS SCRIPT WITH FRIENDS AND ALSO TELL THEM TO SIGN OUR PETITION:
1. DIAL THE WHITE HOUSE AT: (202) 456-1414
2. When You Get Through Please Leave The Following Message or say you have a message for the President then read it:
"Dear President Obama I signed a Petition on Change.org and I urge you to instruct Secretary of State Kerry to revoke the U.S. Visa of Mr. Sam Kutesa, Uganda's homophobic Foreign Minister who was censured by his country's Parliament for corruption, in order to prevent him from becoming President of the UN General Assembly on June 11.
"Mr. Kutesa also has a private company that currently has a contract to provide services to the UN, a conflict of interest that disqualifies him. The Guardian Newspaper reports that attacks against Gays have increased 20-fold since the Anti-Homosexuality-Act was enacted in December.
"Mr. President the US contributes the lion's share of the UN's budget and tax-payers' money should not pay the salary of a homophobic official censured for corruption. "Please do the right thing Mr. President."]
Hon. Secretary of State John Kerry:
Uganda's foreign affairs minister Sam Kutesa could become President of the United Nations General Assembly on June 11 unless the world comes to its senses.
As UN GA President, Mr. Kutesa would preside over important meetings including the General Assembly, when you and President Obama attend in the Fall.
As you are aware his boss and partner Gen. Yoweri Museveni has now presided over a repressive and brutal dictatorship in Uganda for 28 years.
Gen. Museveni's domestic repression in Uganda and multiple invasions of neighboring countries such as Rwanda, DR Congo, and South Sudan have caused the deaths of millions of innocent African civilians.
Congo has been turned into the "rape" capital of the world by the marauding militias he's trained and financed including M23.
Most recently Gen. Museveni on Feb. 24, 2014 defied the international community by signing a law that incites violence against Uganda's sexual minorities, the LGBT community, purely for political purposes as he's desperate to retain power in the 2016 elections.
He is also a master manipulator. Two years ago he told CNN's Christian Amanour that historically Gays always existed and were tolerated in Africa so long as they were discreet; when he signed the law this year he said he had only recently learned about what Gay people are and that they were "disgusting."
Gen. Museveni knows rural voters who form the majority are conservative and not educated on issues of LGBT people -- by demonizing them Gen. Museveni hopes to translate fears into votes. In the process he does not care about the consequences on the safety and lives of LGBT community.
The Guardian (U.K.) reports that attacks against LGBT community has increased 10-fold since the law was signed.
Please see: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/12/uganda-anti-gay-law-rise-attacks
This past week, of May 12, citing Uganda's "homophobic" law, two U.S. Senators --Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand-- raised objections to Mr. Kutesa's UN candidacy.
Please see: http://www.blackstarnews.com/us-politics/justice/a-second-us-senator-gillibrand-questions-bid-by-ugandas-sam-kutesa-for-a-top-un
What's more Gen. Museveni's family and his ministers have embezzled so much public funds including monies designated for development assistance through the years that in 2012 the U.K. cut off all foreign aid.
Mr. Sam Kutesa, as foreign affairs minister, has been Gen. Museveni's top advisor and spokesperson. He is part and parcel of all these transgressions including the invasion of neighboring countries which is a violation of the United Nation's cardinal rule -- the respect for national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
In 2005 the International Court of Justice found Uganda liable for what amounts to war crimes in Congo (massacres and plunder) as a result of the invasions and occupation of Congo. Uganda was ordered to pay $6 billion to $10 billion in reparations.
The Court found that "Uganda violated the principles of non-use of force in international relations and of non-intervention; that it violated its obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law; and that it violated other obligations owed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo."
Separately, on June 8, 2006 The Wall Street Journal reported that the International Criminal Court (ICC) also launched it's own criminal investigation linking Gen. Museveni to Congo war crimes and that the Ugandan ruler urged Kofi Annan, then UN Secretary General to block the investigation.
Might Kutesa not try to hinder possible investigations in connection to alleged crimes by M23 and by Uganda's army in South Sudan where Uganda and its ally Salva Kiir's army may have used cluster bombs?
Please see: http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/02/14/south-sudan-investigate-new-cluster-bomb-use
Mr. Kutesa is also reputed to be one of Uganda's most corrupt officials. His name was mentioned in a cable to the U.S. Department of State by former U.S. ambassador to Uganda Jerry Lanier in which he discussed top Ugandan minister who were allegedly corrupt and who Gen. Museveni would not hold accountable.
The October 19, 2009 cables were published on Wikileaks. In a separate Dec. 17, 2009 memo, ambassador Lanier even suggested that Washington should consider revoking the visa of Mr. Kutesa's cabinet colleague, then security minister Amama Mbabazi over allegedly receiving bribes from a foreign oil company.
Mr. Kutesa was Censured by Uganda's Parliament, by his own colleagues in the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) for abusing his office as a minister and enriching himself through conflict of interest by essentially diverting funds from Uganda Airlines, the government company he helped drive into bankruptcy, to his private company Entebbe Handling Services (ENHAS) a private company of which Mr. Kutesa was Chairman and major shareholder; Parliament heard that he threatened the life of a witness in that particular case as the transcript shows.
Mr. Kutesa stripped Uganda Airlines of its most valuable asset, handling services, and handed it to ENHAS, now one of the country's most lucrative company.
ENHAS also handles cargo services in airports in the Democratic Republic of Congo where the United Nations peace keeping force has operations; as President of the UN General Assembly this would be a conflict of interest for Mr. Kutesa.
The United Nations has one of the largest peace keeping force in the world, in the Congo, which goes by the acronym
ENHAS lists them as one of its clients on its website http://www.enhas.com/content.php?id=9 (Ironically, the peace keeping force is there to help Congo defend itself against past invasions from Uganda and Rwanda -- Mr. Kutesa's company apparently profits from a conflict his own government helped launch by invading Congo. How can Mr. Kutesa be President of the UN General Assembly?)
ENHAS has also negotiated a deal in South Sudan, perhaps explaining why Ugandan troops are fighting on the side of Salva Kiir instead of mediating the war and Ugandan troops are also guarding Juba airport.
Mr. Kutesa and Gen. Museveni are making a mockery of the United Nations.
Mr. Secretary, Mr. Kutesa could become the President of the UN General Assembly in a few weeks unless the international community stops this travesty. This would be a mockery of all the ideals that the UN is supposed to stand for.
Gen. Museveni's regime also now enjoys complete totalitarian control over legitimate opposition parties after it passed a Stalinist-sounding law, the Public Order Management, which proscribes any gathering of three or more Ugandans without prior written approval from the police. How can the foreign minister of such a regime be President of the General Assembly in the 21st Century?
Mr. Secretary this is a moment for the Administration to act swiftly.
Mr. Secretary the U.S. recently denied a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran's designated Permanent Representative to the U.N., when it was discovered that he was one of the students who seized hostages at the American embassy in 1979.
Mr. Secretary, as Global citizens who still cherish and believe in the ideals of the United Nations, we urge you to do the right thing and revoke Mr. Kutesa's visa.
Please help protect the reputation of this important body -- the United Nations Organization.
Here are some useful links:
1. March 1999 Mr. Sam Kutesa censured by Uganda's Parliament for corruption http://www.parliament.go.ug/cmis/cmis/browser?id=workspace://SpacesStore/dd4519f5-089f-4edc-ad5d-a1dc802fb675
2. Mr. Kutesa implicated (and never tried after judge shelved case on technicality) in scandal when $150 million went missing from public funds for hosting 2007 Commonwealth conference http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-15280455
3. Mr. Kutesa and then Security Minister Amama Mbabazi and then Trade Minister Otafiire mentioned in U.S. Ambassador Jerry Lanier's cable to State Department that listed top Uganda officials alleged to have been involved in corruption and how Gen. Museveni was unwilling to hold them accountabl https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/09KAMPALA1197_a.html
4. Ugandan member of Parliament Gerald Karuhanga accused Mr. Kutesa and other government minister of receiving bribes from oil company http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-15266613
5. Gen. Museveni, Mr. Kutesa's boss asked then U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan to block investigation by International Criminal Court of Uganda Army's alleged war crimes in DR Congo (Wall Street Journal June 8, 2006) http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB114971481626174102?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB114971481626174102.html
6. Uganda was found liable by International Court of Justice for the war of aggression and other horrific crimes committed during the period it occupied parts of DR Congo (See Security Coucil report) http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=7&ved=0CF8QFjAG&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.securitycouncilreport.org%2Fatf%2Fcf%2F%257B65BFCF9B-6D27-4E9C-8CD3-CF6E4FF96FF9%257D%2FGLI%2520ICJ%2520DRC%2520v%2520Uganda.pdf&ei=UR9yU9aLCbbMsQT27oDYDg&usg=AFQjCNEcQfTLmFtZVpzxRgGYGXka5l49Fg&sig2=HS2_tck7CKoaIWLFCKdqiw&bvm=bv.66330100,d.cWc
7. International Court of Justice orders Uganda to pay from $6 billion to $10 billion as reparations for the crimes committed by Uganda in DR Congo http://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/dec/20/congo.uganda