Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ministry has rubbished media reports that Uganda’s envoy to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been withdrawn.
In a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, the ministry says, Ambassador, Nimisha Madhvani was “recalled for consultations” contrary to media reports that she had been withdrawn.
“Most of the media reports are based on a limited understanding of the contents of a leaked letter addressed to Amb. Madhvani by Ag. Permanent Secretary, Amb. Isaac Sebulime.
Amb. Madhvani was recalled for consultations and not withdrawn from the UAE as a duty station,” the statement reads in part.
The statement adds, “Recalls for consultations are frequent and routine within the Foreign Service as they give the Ministry and our Ambassadors or Foreign Service Officers ample time to carry out in-depth discussions, review obtaining situations and receive instructions on the bilateral relations of both countries which written correspondence often cannot do.”
In March this year, Nimisha was appointed as the country’s Permanent Representative to the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
IRENA is an inter-governmental Organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation. It was founded in Bonn, Germany, in January 2009. It promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy in the pursuit of sustainable development.
The African Clean Energy Corridor, which includes Uganda, is one of the major achievements of IRENA thus far.
It is alleged that Nimisha made some remarks which did not go down well with authorities in the UAE.
However, the ministry refuted this saying there is no evidence of the said disturbing remarks.
“Furthermore, whereas several media houses that have covered this story have insinuated that Amb. Madhvani made disparaging remarks in the press about the UAE, there is no evidence so far to that effect and indeed, many comments made by other individuals are being wrongly attributed to her in various media articles,” the statement says.
The ministry also reaffirmed to the Uganda-UAE relations saying, “Uganda values her relations with the UAE. These relations remain strong and will keep growing.”