OCTOBER 21: Six newly-appointed envoys to Uganda this afternoon presented their credentials to me at State House Entebbe.
They are their excellencies Henk Jan Bakker (Netherlands), Per Lindgarde (Sweden), Stephanie Rivoal (France), Andreas Melan (Austria), Lazlo Edward Mathe (Hungary) and Gen. Abdul Kalam Mohammad of Bangladesh.
I held fruitful discussions with each one of them focusing on bilateral relations on trade, agriculture, security and sports.
I congratulate all of them and look forward to continued and improved relations with their home countries.
OCTOBER 21: I have today met members of the Electoral Commission, who paid a courtesy call on me at State House, Entebbe. I thank them for their service to the country.
OCTOBER 23: I have arrived in Lusaka, Zambia for a two-day state visit. I will also be the chief guest as Zambian marks its 52nd Independence Anniversary tomorrow at Freedom Grounds. I thank His Excellency Edgar Lungu and all the Zambians for according me a warm reception today.
OCTOBER 24: This morning I visited Zambia’s founding father, Kenneth Kaunda, at his home in Lusaka, Zambia.
I celebrate Kaunda because had he, together with Late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere not stood firm against colonialism, Africa’s history would be very different. I am actually a disciple of these great men.
I also condoled with Mzee Kaunda upon the death of his wife, Betty. I wish him continued good health.
OCTOBER 26: I have met officials of Chinese oil company, CNOOC, today at State House, Entebbe. They were led by their Executive Vice President Li Yong.
Our discussion focused on the oil sector and Mr Yong gave me his company’s assurance and commitment to supporting the development of our oil pipeline.
I emphasized to them that technical knowledge, financial capacity and cost-effectiveness must be the basis for the project.
OCTOBER 26: An IMF delegation led by Mr Axel Schimmelpfennig called on me today at State House Entebbe.
Our discussion focused on areas that can catalyze growth; infrastructure, value addition & market integration.
I assured them that Uganda is on a steady path of progress, especially now that we’ve solved a lot of our infrastructure concerns.
We have laid a firm foundation for Uganda’s growth.
OCTOBER 27: The East Africa Community Secretary General, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko, called on me today at State House, Entebbe.
He briefed me on the progress of talks to restore peace in Burundi and the federation exercise of the EAC.
The issue of Burundi, I told him, is largely a result of historical mistakes. The Belgians mismanaged Rwanda and Burundi by creating divisions based on so-called clans (Tutsi/Hutu).
Actually these are not clans but occupation/job classifications. Hutu refers to farmers, Tutsi to cattle keepers. This pseudo-ideology has created unnecessary division.
I therefore appeal to the parties in Burundi to use this EAC mechanism led by H.E Benjamin Mkapa to resolve these matters.
I am happy with the progress towards the EAC federation. I was informed that South Sudan will actively begin participating in EAC affairs from November and member states are soon agreeing on the roadmap for political federation.