The German ambassador to Uganda Klaus Dieter Düxmann has asked the Government of Uganda to ensure the economic and social development goes hand in hand with the upholding of human rights.
Düxmann was speaking at the cocktail hosted at his residence in Kololo to celebrate the Day of German Unity.
He also asked the Ugandan Government to provide assurance that the recently passed Public Order Management (POM) Act will uphold freedoms of expression and assembly.
Düxmann added, "No society will last without freedom. People must be free to choose their way of life and their path to happiness. Freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect of human rights are the cornerstones on which the Federal Republic of Germany is built. And we believe that these rights are the legitimate aspirations of all people wherever they live."
He added, "Germany's policy is therefore guided by these principles, at home and abroad, and this is why respect for human rights, good governance and rule of law play such an important part in our relations with other countries as well."
He said the recent corruption scandal in the Office of the Prime Minister in which billions of aid was misappropriated had shaken donors' confidence and belief in the benefits of development cooperation.
He however said that Germany is supporting public finance management reforms and accountability agencies such as the Auditor General's office and Uganda Revenue Authority.
State minister for regional cooperation Asuman Kiyingi who represented Government said Kiyingi said the bilateral relations between Uganda and Germany date back to March 1964 when the two countries signed an agreement on technical cooperation.
Kiyingi invited Germany to partner with Uganda in supporting farmers in entrepreneurship and rural development. He said the Uganda Government would continue to partner with Germany to ensure transparency and build confidence of the development partners