Public Participation Crucial in Governance - U.S. Ambassador

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The United States Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac says that Justice, Freedom and Accountability are some of the founding principles that have strengthened the union of the states despite going through contentious elections similar to the ongoing presidential race.

People around the world should have an opportunity to enjoy the ideals of justice, freedom, security, prosperity and accountability in order to create the lives and futures they deserve, United States Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac says.

Malac observed that such, are the principles that drive the United States in improving upon American democracy at home or engaging with 'friends' abroad.

"That's why we advocate for everyone to have a say in how they are governed, and to have opportunities to change, to grow, and to challenge the status quo to create a better system and society for themselves, their families and their communities," She said.

Ambassador Deborah Malac was speaking at celebrations to mark America's 240th Independence Anniversary at the US embassy in Kampala, Tuesday evening.

She added that the same founding principles have strengthened the union of the states through the decades despite going through contentious elections similar to the ongoing presidential race pitting Tycoon Donald Trump against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 

"Our current presidential race may be troubling to some, given the tone of campaign rhetoric amplified by round-the-clock media coverage. Elections in the U.S. can get contentious. But our union has survived - maybe through a bit of luck and providence, but more so because of our founding principles," She added.

Ambassador Malac says that although the ideals are being challenged and denied in some areas, the United States believes that they will endure because of humanity's common desire for a better world. She added that United States equally invests in Uganda because of the need to see the country succeed.

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State Minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello Oryem says that despite a troublesome political history, Uganda is determined to shape her destiny through inspiration by the United States.

Oryem also stated that Uganda's relation with the US has continued to grow over the years and applauded the efforts between the two countries in fighting terrorism.
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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.