By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, Saturday, November 30, 2019.
Deborah Ruth Malac who has been in the United States (US) Ambassador to Uganda since February 27, 2016, is set to exit Uganda’s diplomatic duties early next year, National Telegraph has confirmed.
Nantalie Brown will take over from Malac who describes herself as ‘Diplomat, Dog-Lover, Shoe Collector’ on Twitter has been serving as the Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Eritrea since 2016.
Uganda’s Minister of Health, Hon Ruth Jane Aceng Tuesday November 26, 2019, took it to Twitter to bid farewell to Malac.
“I bid farewell to my sister, Amb. Deborah Malac, the US Ambassador to Uganda, this morning. @USAmbUganda has been very flexible, accessible and instrumental in Uganda’s significant achievements in the health sector,” reads her Twitter post.
Ruth Jane continued that; “On behalf of @MinofHealthUG, we are proud to have walked your journey in Uganda with you. Thank you for always being there with us as and when required. Hope to see you back in #Uganda soon. We shall miss you,” Aceng tweeted.
In a reply, Malac in a tweet said; “Thank you to @MinofHealthUG (Ministry of Health) and @JaneRuth_Aceng for a great partnership and warm send-off.”
In the same manner, on Friday, November 29, 2019, Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF), Uganda’s National Army bid farewell to the Malac.
The function was held at the Ministry of Defense Headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala. Malac expressed her gratitude towards UPDF for their commitment and sacrifice towards creating peace and security in Uganda and the region.
Uganda was the first East African country to deploy troops under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). According to AMISOM, Uganda still remains the largest continent in the mission with 6,223 troops that are based in Mogadishu, Lower and Lower Shabelle regions. Somalia has been in civil war for over 28 years now.
Uganda also deployed approximately 1500 soldiers in the Central African Republic to restore peace in the country that was later withdrawn in 2017.
She particularly singled out Somalia where UPDF has been deployed since 2007 under AMISOM noting that the situation has improved thanks to Uganda’s contribution and other troop-contributing countries,” Brig. Richard Karemire, UPDF spokesperson said.
Deborah has been instrumental in promoting human rights, democracy and accountability, education and women’s emancipation and gender equality.