Inside Museveni, Kenyatta Meeting


sickness geneva; font-size: small;”>During their talks at Entebbe State House, page the two leaders discussed various issues including the rehabilitation and upgrading of the existing railway to standard gauge, the building of a crude oil pipe line and refinery, the need for fast tracking clearance of goods at Mombasa port and the establishment of the joint permanent commission to enable regular consultation on issues of bilateral nature between the two countries.

Also to be discussed during the summit will be the implementation of reforms to enhance efficiency at the port of Mombasa.

The two leaders also deliberated on the disarmament of communities living along the common border with a view to enhancing peace and security.

The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to deepening bilateral ties as well as the East African Community integration process.

The meeting was attended by senior Government officials of the two sides who included Cabinet Secretaries, Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Engineer Michael Kamau, Adan Mohammed and the Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.

President Uhuru, who is on his maiden visit to Uganda was received by President Yoweri Museveni at State House Entebbe and inspected a guard of honour mounted by officers and men of the UPDF reception, he was welcomed with a 21 gun salute and entertained by local cultural entertainment groups.

The two Presidents and there delegations that included ministers and other senior government officials held bilateral talks on a number of issues of bilateral and regional importance.

The two delegations also discussed the need to undertake joint road project – Kapchorwa – Suam – Kitale to facilitate trade between the two countries and the need to support Uganda’s pharmaceutical manufactures, Quality Chemicals to supply drugs to Kenya and to allow for investments by Kenya in the company.

President Uhuru said that his country was ready to work with Uganda for the development and betterment of the people of the two countries.

“Being here is like being home. We consider ourselves as partners and brothers. Uganda is not only a good neighbor but a brotherly. We want to thank President Museveni for standing by our side during our inauguration and for expressing such strong solidarity,” President Uhuru noted.

He said he would work to take the relationship between the two countries to another level and is committed to supporting the railway infrastructure.

“The railway issue has been discussed for a long time but with no headway. I am committed to this; if the British did the rail for five years and we have taken over 10 years. This is critical for our development and growth of our people and will reduce the cost of doing business,” he said, adding that it almost takes less time for a container from China to get to Mombasa than from Mombasa to Kampala.

President Uhuru said it is more f governments which have been an impediment to regional integration, vowing to support President Museveni and stakeholders in realizing the EAC intergration.

“In the spirit which you have emulated the need for the EAC for many years and which I share your passion on regional integration. We have more to gain than fear to lose. I believe that we can jointly drive this agenda. We as governments have been the impediments. We need to economically empower our two peoples,” he said.

President Museveni welcomed his guest and his delegation to Uganda and noted that now that both Kenya and Uganda were peaceful it was time for the two governments to work for the social economic transformation of the two countries.

“What you are saying is music to my ears. I salute the people of Kenya and the way they voted. This was like a second Mau Mau. For a foreigner to come and say don’t vote like this etc is undermining…Now that we have got clusters of freedom in Africa, we should link up and create a strong force so that we give a strategic and joint answer to the new colonization in Africa. Africans can insure the future of its people,” he said.

He called for joint collaboration with other E. African countries in undertaking bigger development projects that require big capital investment but are crucial for the development of the region.


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