EU Ambassador Kristian Schmidt Leaves Uganda

The European Union Ambassador to Uganda Kristian Schmidt has announced he is leaving the country.

It is unclear whether or not he is being redeployed or quitting ambassadorship.

On Saturday evening he tweeted farewell to the country he has served for 4 years.

Schmidt was appointed head of the EU Delegation in Kampala in November 2013, months after the country had emerged out of a heated general election.

In the appointment by the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, Schmidt replaced Roberto Ridolfi, who had headed the Delegation from 2010.

In his time, Mr Roberto Schmidt, a Danish national has been vocal in calling for political tolerance, respect of human rights, economic empowerment and addressing the refugee crisis in the country among others.

On Thursday, two days before announcing his departure, Mr Schmidt led the EU Delegation to State House Entebbe, where they met with President Museveni.

During the meeting, the two discussed a wide range of issues that included the Uganda national budget, jobs, investments, trade and business opportunities, according to State House.

It is unknown whether the President was addressed on Schmidt’s departure.

Upon announcing on twitter, a number of Ugandan’s joined in to thank the EU boss for his dedicated service to the country to wish him well.



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