Robert Amsterdam has written to USA president Donald Trump asking him to cut relations with President Yoweri Museveni as well as freeze aid to Uganda.
Amsterdam is an international Lawyer to Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.
In a letter to President Trump dated April 25, 2019, Mr. Amsterdam says it is time for the United States to reconsider its relationship with Uganda, adding that US military support has helped President Museveni to suppress the rule of law in the country.
“A lasting peace in this troubled region of Africa can only be achieved through the free politics of a true democracy – something President Museveni will do anything to prevent,” Mr. Amsterdam told Trump adding that “it is time for the US and other Western donors to ensure that all military and non-military aid is conditional on the holding of free and fair elections.”
Amsterdam also claims that the Ugandan government is undemocratic, repressive, corrupt and completely oppressive to his client Bobi Wine.
“Mr President, in nineteen short months, the Ugandans will face the prospect of another staged election, rigged to defeat the expectations of the common man to achieve a voice in the affairs of their country. Mr Kyagulanyi and other opposition leaders are fighting for the rights of those people to be heard.”
The lawyer who accused Mr. Museveni of operating like President Vladimir Putin of Russia said he will be meeting with congressmen and other US government officials in the state department and providing them with details of the level of brutality happening in Uganda.
“We want the American taxpayer to know what they are paying for,” Amsterdam added before dismissing claims that there’s a foreign agent behind the musician-turned parliamentary representative.
He pointed out incidents where Police has brutally arrested opposition politicians including Bobi Wine who has been under house arrest since Easter Monday.
“Indeed, it was the actions of the Ugandan government in April 2019 that prompted us to write this letter. Ugandan police targeted our client, the hugely popular musician/Member of Parliament HE Robert Kyagulanyi AKA Bobi Wine, and his supporters, blocking his concert in Busabala – Wakiso District. In total, the government has blocked 124 concerts organised by Mr. Kyagulanyi, who uses his music to criticise government excesses.”
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