(Xinhua) -- The United Nations (UN)
has withdrawn its proposal to shift its regional service center
from Uganda to neighboring Kenya, a government official said on
Don Wanyama, presidential spokesperson told
Xinhua by telephone that the UN Secretary General Antonio
Guterres has written to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni about
the decision taken.
Wanyama said Uganda’s ambassador at the UN Adonia Ayebare
also confirmed that the UN will not move its base.
The retraction happens a day after a heated debate in the
Ugandan parliament about the proposals to shift the base.
The legislators argued that it would be unfair to Uganda
since the country has contributed to various peace missions
around Africa and also hosts thousands of refugees from
Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda told the legislators that
Museveni had written to Guterres expressing his concern over the
The base was established at Entebbe International Airport, 40
km south of the capital Kampala after Uganda and the UN signed a
memorandum of understanding in July 2010, according to Uganda’s
The ministry said the base is used to provide services to UN
field missions in Africa.
It currently provides administrative, logistics and
information and communications technology services to 13
missions in Africa, representing over 73 percent of all United
Nations peacekeeping and special political missions worldwide.
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