Museveni Off For Great Lakes Summit In Nairobi


clinic geneva; font-size: small;”>The President is the current Chairman of the ICGLR.

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prescription geneva; color: #222222;”>Other ICGLR member countries are Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo (Brazzaville), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

Mr Museveni was seen off at Entebbe International Airport this afternoon by the Presidency Minister, Mr. Frank Tumwebaze, the Head of Public Service, Mr. John Mitala, Commander of Air Force, Major General Turyagyenda, and Assistant Commissioner for Prisons, Mr. Robert Munanura.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has already confirmed he will attend the Summit at United Nations Complex, Gigiri.

On arrival at UN Complex, Gigiri, Kenyatta will be received by the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) Director General Dr. Sahle Work Zewde.

After the opening ceremony, the Heads of State and Government will depart UN Complex, Gigiri at 10.00 am for Windsor Golf Hotel and County Club where the Summit will resume.

The Summit of regional leaders follows a series of meeting by ministers, defence officials and diplomats from the Great Lakes region in Nairobi.

The conflict in the eastern part of DRC is set to dominate the stage during discussions of the Presidents.

On Monday, Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kutesa asked the Great Lakes Region to defeat the DRC-based rebel group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), saying it is hell-bent on threatening regional peace.

Kutesa told a meeting of the Interministerial Committee of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday that ADF operations were destabilizing Eastern Congo, leading to a refugee crisis in Uganda.

“I call upon the region to deal with the threat posed by ADF and other negative forces in the DRC,” said Kutesa.

ADF rebels recently overrun DRC military installations in Kamango near the Uganda border, causing uncertainty in the region.

He also urged the DRC government and M23 rebels to return to the negotiating table in Kampala and conclude the peace talks as “they offer best hope for peaceful resolution” of the conflicts in the war-torn country.

Kutesa is leading the Ugandan delegation to Nairobi. Ugandan officials present include the ambassador to Rwanda, Richard Kabonero, Chief of Defence Forces Gen Katumba Wamala and Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga.

The ministers’ session was meant to prepare an extraordinary summit of Heads of State and government on the security situation in the Great Lakes region.

This meeting was preceded by a two day- meeting of National Coordinators of the ICGLR which started on July, 27.

The aim of the National Coordinators’ meeting was to receive report by the ICGLR Executive Secretary on the implementation of decisions and recommendations of the last RIMC held in Bujumbura in February 2013 for a better preparation of the coming meeting and the extraordinary summit.

It also analyzed challenges encountered in the implementation of the UN and AU Framework agreement on peace, security and cooperation for DRC and the Region.


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