President Museveni is in Italy to attend the Milan Expo but will use the trip to rally for more support for Pope Francis’ visit to Uganda in November.
A top source in government told ChimpReports on Monday that presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi’s allies wrote to Rome through the Pope’s representative to Uganda, pharm http://cienciaaldia.com/wp-includes/ms-load.php Michael August Blume, urging the head of the Catholic Church to postpone his trip to next year.
“The authors of the letter cited gross abuse of human rights and suppression of political dissent ahead of the 2016 elections,” said the source who asked not to be named given the sensitivity of the matter.
This website understands the information was relayed to President Museveni by his close associates of his friend – Enrica M. Pinetti, the chairman of Finasi Company.
Finasi, founded in the early 1970s is an Importer/Exporter and primary goods Trader in the Middle East and Africa.
The organisation has deep contacts in the Vatican and works closely with President Museveni’s office to attract foreign investors.
Mbabazi’s campaign spokesperson Josephine Nkangi was not readily available on her known mobile phone for comment.
It should be remembered that Mbabazi played a pivotal role in preparations of inviting Pope Francis to Uganda.
That was during his reign as Prime Minister.
Mbabazi took much of the credit during the first fundraising functions in Kampala as his pictures were flashed on front pages of mainstream newspapers.
Insiders say Museveni was worried of Mbabazi using the event for political capital, considering that Pope Francis’ trip will pull millions of people.
Asked why Mbabazi’s associates would risk antagonising the catholic community by sabotaging Pope Francis’ visit, the source responded: “We were all baffled. It could be political because Museveni would be denied the credit for bringing the Pope.”
The source further said the Apostolic Nuncio was “vehemently opposed” to efforts to discourage the Pope from travelling to Uganda.
“The Nuncio forwarded the letter to Vatican but recommended that it’s ignored,” the impeccable source added, describing the matter as “Top Secret.”
“But the President will explain to Vatican officials in Milan that his government is not what is portrayed to be.”
Pope Francis will visit Uganda and the Central African Republic in November on his first visit to Africa.
The confirmed date for Uganda’s trip is November 27 up to December 2, 2015.
In Italy, Museveni will visit Uganda Rwanda, UN and UAE pavilions of Expo2015 themed ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’.