President Yoweri Museveni has revealed that he was forced to cancel a scheduled trip to the UK following the news of the passing of the Queen of England, Elizabeth the second.
Museveni said he was supposed to travel today, Friday to London, along with the First Lady Janet, but had to cancel the plans.
In the UK, the president had been invited to take part in the 50 years commemoration of the expulsion of Indians by Idi Amin in 1972.
“However, at 2030 hours, it was announced (East African time) from London that Her Majesty the Queen had died. My immediate reaction was to cancel the trip.,” Museveni said.
“I did not think it appropriate to continue with the trip given this loss to the UK and the Commonwealth. Fortunately, when I consulted more people, including our Asian organizers in the UK, everybody agreed with my instinctive initial reaction.”
The function, he said, was postponed to a future date to be agreed on.
“Instead, the celebratory meeting on Sunday by our Indians in their Temple in London, will be a prayer meeting where the Ugandan High Commissioner to UK, will represent me.
The President made the revelation in his official condolence message on the passing of the Britihs Mornarch who passed away last evening at the age of 90.
Museveni described the news as “a shock to Maama Janet, the other Ugandans and myself.”
“ After all, only a few days ago, we had seen her receiving the new UK Prime Minister, Liz Truss (Rt. Hon.) and had defeated corona some months ago.”