Uganda's President Museveni (left) and US President-elect Joe Biden

Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has joined several other world leaders, to congratulate US’ President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Running under the Democratic Party ticket, Mr. Biden together with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on November 7th garnered an undefeatable lead in Pennsylvania on Saturday morning, earning 273 electoral votes, outstripping the 270-majority needed to win the presidency.

“Congratulations and greetings from the People of Uganda,” President Museveni wrote on Twitter and Facebook, adding: “The USA, with its big black population of 47.4 million people, as well as a large Christian population that are linked with us by faith, with deep thinking, could easily be a natural ally of Uganda and Africa.”

President Museveni who has long been a champion of trade and not aid, dug in to remind the president-elect of Uganda’s expectations on trade.

“The previous American Presidents have already started on positively using these linkages by putting in place the African Growth And Opportunity Act (AGOA) – a law that, since 18th May 2000, has been giving 6,500 types of African goods, quota free, tax- free access to the USA market. We salute this policy and hope that President Biden will maintain it.

We, therefore, congratulate the American People on exercising their right by, massively, voting for the candidates of their choice: President Trump and Vice- President Biden. We congratulate H.E. Biden for winning both the Popular vote and the Electoral College,” wrote President Museveni.   

The president-elect has promised to be a president for all Americans.

“I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris,” Biden said in his first statement. “In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America.”

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Muhereza Kyamutetera is the Executive Editor of CEO East Africa Magazine; strategic communications consultant, social-economic analyst and travel enthusiast based in Kampala.