After a wave of comments protesting the recognition of the repressive leadership of Gen. Yoweri Museveni, the German embassy in Kampala has been forces to delete their congratulatory message to the veteran guerrilla leader.
The embassy wrote;
🇩🇪🇺🇬 Germany’s Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni have known each other for quite some time. This picture was taken back in June 2007 in Berlin.
On the occasion of Mr. Museveni’s reelection as President in January 2021 and ahead of the swearing-in ceremony this week, Ms. Merkel has just conveyed her congratulations:
“Dear Mr. President,
I would like to congratulate you on your reelection as President of the Republic of Uganda.
Your new term in office is an opportunity to continue advancing the democratic and economic development of your country and strengthening the rule of law in the interests of all Ugandans.
Germany remains a willing partner to your country as you continue down this path.
I wish you strength and a sure hand for the tasks that now lie ahead.
Dr Angela Merkel
Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany”
Ugandans thronged the post in the comments section and put the embassy to its knees. The embassy page administrator resorted to issuing threats. “Hello followers. We are getting a lot of criticism for this post. That’s ok, we respect and tolerate freedom of speech in Germany. But we don’t tolerate hate speech. Hate is not an opinion. We expect our users to use common courtesy in their comments. If you use offensive or threatening language, we will delete your comment and/or block you from our page. Thank you!,” the page admin arrogantly wrote. The comment invited more comments prompting the embassy to pull down the post by Tuesday morning.