Washington has warned the Kampala administration that the prolonged detention of US citizen, Gael Milton Smith might affect the bilateral ties of the two countries.
Gael Milton Smith, an American citizen was brutally arrested in Western Uganda in the city of Fort Portal after Ugandan authorities claimed he was colluding with the opposition former presidential candidate Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert aka Bobi Wine to initiate subversion in the country spheres.
Milton was spotted by the cyber crimes unit of the Uganda police force which analysed his social media posts and ruled that he was a sympathiser of the government’s major challenger, Bobi Wine.
Washington however says that the arbitrary detention of its citizen is a sign of ‘provocation’ from the Ugandan government and warns that this could complicate their working relations.
By the time of filing this report, embassy officials has flanked the Standard Investigations Unit headquarters in Kireka to negotiate for the release of their citizen who remains in detention.
The US despite knowing about Uganda’s tainted human rights record has continued to support the repressive leadership of Yoweri Museveni, who has held grip of the East African country for a period yet to hit 4 decades. Museveni and the US share interests in the war torn horn of Africa, Somalia where they are battling Al Shabaab militants.