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Office of the Prime Minister / Cabinet du Premier ministre

Dear Ms. Nangalema:

On behalf of the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, I would like to acknowledge receipt of your most recent correspondence regarding the political situation in Uganda.

It may be helpful to know that due to the many demands of his schedule, the Prime Minister is unable to reply personally to the large volume of mail – more than one million items a year – that he receives on a wide variety of issues. You may be assured, however, that he is advised of the opinions offered and issues raised by Canadians in their correspondence.

Acknowledgements are often sent in reply to email received by this office. On occasion, when an email conveys views on issues that have particular significance to other members of the federal Cabinet, the email is forwarded to the attention of the relevant Ministers. This referral is made not out of lack of interest or disrespect, but to allow the officials more closely connected with the issue a chance to learn what people are thinking, and, where appropriate, to provide a meaningful answer.

That being said, I have therefore taken the liberty of forwarding your latest email to Minister Freeland so that she may be made aware of your ongoing concerns in this regard.

Thank you for taking the time to write.

T. Jolicoeur
Executive Correspondence Officer
for the Prime Minister’s Office
Agent de correspondance
de la haute direction
pour le Cabinet du Premier ministre

>>>   From : Martha Leah Nangalama      Received : 29  Jul  2017 01:37:02 PM   >>>

>>>   Subject : Uganda to amend constitution to allow President Museveni (dictator) to rule for life. Canada needs t   >>>>

Martha Leah Nangalama
Scoudouc (Moncton), New Brunswick

July 29th, 2017
Justin Trudeau
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A6

Dear Honorable Justin Trudeau,

Re: Uganda to lift Age Limit to allow President Yoweri Museveni rule for life

My name is Martha Leah Nangalama.  I am a Uganda-Canadian citizen currently living in Scoudouc, New Brunswick. Like many concerned citizens of Uganda, I am writing to express my disappointment in the way the Canadian government continuers to use tax payer money to support and cement in the dictatorship of Museveni.  All the other donor, funders and development partners have kept supporting the regime of President Yoweri Museveni.  Yet his Human Rights Record stands out as a sore thumb.

Honorable Trudeau, the government of Uganda is preparing to amend the constitution of Uganda to remove age limits which is the last safety valve and this amendment will to allow president Museveni to rule Uganda for life.  Canada is well known for peace keeping and championing human rights and democracy but when it comes to Africa, and specifically Uganda, Canada has always stood with the oppressor of the Ugandan people instead of the oppressed masses.

I have written to your office several times and have always received a reply saying my issue is being referred to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.  I never heard anything after the “referred” and you will remember that Silence is Consent. This then means that Canada consents to the oppression, torture and murder of Ugandans.

The silence that is coming from our development partners regarding the constitutional amendments in Uganda is deafening.  US law makers are getting ready to put more sanctions on the government of Venezuela if it elects a legislative body that creates a dictatorship.  However, the same US is displaying a  double standard when it comes to Uganda?  WHERE IS THE VOICE OF CANADA?

In November 2016, the government of Uganda carried out a massacre in Kasese where women and children were butchered and our developmental partners looked the other way.  You will remember very clearly that I wrote to your office about that genocide.  In 2016, a US Human Rights Report from the State Department issued a scathing indictment of president Museveni’s Human Rights records and I am sure Ottawa also saw that report.

Honorable Trudeau, the US government and EU criticized the way Museveni’s government conducted the 2016 elections saying that the elections fell short of international standards and were marred by allegations of disenfranchisement and voter intimidation, harassment of the opposition, closure of social media and lack of transparency and independence in the Electoral Commission. The US State Department specifically mentioned three serious human rights problems in the country which included lack of respect for individual integrity, unlawful killings, torture, arbitrary detention, and other abuse of suspects and detainees.

More recently, a supporter of a youthful political activist, Honorable Kyagulanyi, there is a gentleman called Patrick Sande Byamukama who was violently arrested and Youtube has videos of that.  His testicles were crashed by the police (and Youtube has many videos of Uganda police brutality) and according to his lawyer Mr. Ladislaus Rwakafuzi has taken the government of Uganda to court, for torturing his client.

Honorable Trudeau, you can make a difference to Ugandans.  You can speak now about the atrocities of the brutal regime and give many of us Canadians with origins from Uganda some hope.  When former US ambassador to the UN, Elizabeth Trudeau told the UN Security Council that President Yoweri Museveni was a danger to the peace in The Great Lakes Region of Africa, she had information to back up what she was saying.  The reality is while you all turn your heads away from the suffering of Uganda, you fund the regime which specialised in invading neighbouring countries to cause an influx of refugees into Uganda which then gets the regime foreign exchange since apparently all the donors and funders are bleeding hearts who write cheques without asking how the refugee problem started.

For your information, there are 10 million Ugandans who hardly have enough to eat.  There are many thousands and hundreds of thousands whose land (their only asset) has been forcefully taken away to create refugee camps or give to “investors” and our schools have no supplies, our hospitals have no medicine, our roads are death traps but there you all go praising Uganda for its hospitality.  At this rate, it would not be a bad idea to get Ugandans to register as refugees in their own country.  At least UNCR and WFP will feed them and take care of their other basic needs.  Did you also know that the average unemployment of Uganda youth is 85% and the youth make up 75% of the country population.

Please never remain silent in the face of injustice.  Certainly, most Canadians would hate to know that Ottawa keeps funding a regime which is dead bent on killing its own in one way or another.  By starving them.  By taking away their land.  By arresting them if they dare talk.  By torturing them.  Or imprisoning them or kidnapping them or killing hundreds and dumping them in mass graves.


Martha Leah Nangalama

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