After signing the controversial anti-gay bill this year,President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda said that if the west is not comfortable with the said bill,and if they go ahead and impose sanctions for his country,he is going to look east for better friends.
He meant it, it seems.
And he didn’t go to the sanitized China which is now considered moderate by US and EU after loaning member governments trillions of dollars after their economic reccession.
He chose the bad boy-North Korea-to spite them for withholding the donor funds in protest to the said anti-gay law to train his police force and publicly thanked them for their assistance at a recent pass-out parade.
The following puts into context the beef of this whole matter-an excerpt from ‘The East African’,a regional weekly newspaper;
“President Yoweri Museveni Wednesday thanked
embargoed North Korea for training the Uganda
People’s Defence Forces and Uganda police, days
after the United Nations Security Council told Uganda
to explain its ties with Pyongyang.
President Museveni, who was presiding over the pass
out of 692 police officers trained by North Koreans,
said he had no problem with the reclusive nation,
much criticised by the West over its democratic
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‘arms deals’ with North Korea
“I thank the government of the Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea. They always give us technical
support. There are people who are not happy with
them, but I have not seen any problem with them,”
the President said at Kabalye Police Training School
in Masindi District.
“They trained our first tank crew. They have also
trained Special Forces.”
Museveni also extended his “warm greetings” to
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who succeeded his
father to run the Stalinist state in 2011.
The UN has imposed several sanctions against North
Korea since 1993 that bar arms trade with the nation
over its nuclear tests.
The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura,
said the recruits are trained to handle both criminal
and paramilitary gangs.”
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