Recent actions by the United Kingdom has shocked many observers. In one week alone, the UK government representative to the 37th Universal Periodic Review (UPR) that was held in Geneva from January 18-29, Lord Ahmad Wimbledon made scathing remarks against Rwanda’s human rights record. This was despite Rwanda presenting more than 50 areas of human rights that it had worked on from previous recommendations.
On January 28, 2021, a British MP and Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, announced that Rwanda was among the countries placed on “UK’s red list” and then the British High Commission in Rwanda announced a ban on Rwandans traveling to the UK, allegedly a “decision taken due to the risk of new variants” of Covid-19. The same day the UK made the announcement, the European Union announced the lifting of travel restrictions for six non-EU countries, including Rwanda. The others are Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand.
Contrary to the UK’s explanation, not a single case of the new Covid variant has been found in Rwanda. It is the UK in fact which is among the countries where the new Covid strain has been found to be most widespread.
This bizarre UK government behavior is engineered by President Museveni, according to a credible source. With Andrew Mwenda as Museveni’s middleman, a lobby firm was hired in the UK to showcase Museveni’s purported achievements while undermining Rwanda’s image. The firm is paid by Tullow Oil PLC, which, though it has formally sold its oil assets in Uganda, still has interests based on “contingent payments linked to the oil price payable after production commences” that are due this year, 2021, according to information on Tullow’s website. Tullow is therefore making payments on Museveni’s behalf to be reimbursed through its oil dealings with Uganda, a scheme that was engineered by Museveni’s advisor and propagandist, Andrew Mwenda.
The firm lobbies UK parliamentarians to spruce up Uganda’s development and human rights record while influencing decisions that are hostile to Rwanda, according to the source. A key contact on the ground in the UK is Andrew Mwenda’s British girlfriend who works closely with the lobby firm, the source has further revealed. They are to create a rift between the UK government and Rwanda, which for decades have been close allies.
Although Museveni is busy with his domestic battles, the herculean work of trying to clean up his image while de-campaigning Rwanda is entirely in Andrew Mwenda’s hands and the lobby firm.
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