SUDAN SAGA: Showdown Expected As M7 Lands In Burundi


buy pharm geneva; font-size: small; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;”>Museveni was seen off at Entebbe Airport today morning by IGP Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura, commissioner of prisons Johnson Byabashaija and Minister for Presidency Kabakumba Masiko.

Museveni will address the 13th Summit of the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State and Government slated to open later today.

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The heads of State will today decide whether to allow Sudan join the EAC, a development that could spark fireworks during the assembly.

Sudan leader Omar Al Bashir is on bad terms with Museveni and Kenya’s Mwai Kibaki, implying there is no possibility that Sudan could be allowed in the regional body.

Bashir’s deputy Taha last month accused Museveni of attempting to cause regime change in Khartoum. He was addressing a symposium in Egypt.

Intelligence reports recently indicated Bashir was funding the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Eastern Congo to destabilise oil drilling in the region.

On Tuesday, Bashir fired Kenya’s envoy to Khartoum after Kenya High Court issued a warrant of arrest for the Sudan despot for crimes against humanity in Darfur.

Court directed Kenya Attorney General and Security Minister to ensure Bashir is arrested the moment he sets foot on Kenyan soil again, a move that further isolated the Sudanese strongman.

The development has since sparked a diplomatic row between the two countries. The ‘beef’ is likely to raise dust during today’s meeting.

By chasing the Kenyan ambassador, analysts say, Sudan shot herself in the foot and must therefore forget all about the EAC bid.

Museveni was received on arrival at Bujumbura International Airport by the 1st Vice-President of Burundi Sinunguriza Lekence, Defence Minister Major General Pontian Gachugenge, Minister of Civil Service Sindaziraza Anongatta and the Secretary General of the East African Community Richard Sezibeera.

The Ugandan delegation at the airport which met the President included the 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Community Affairs Eriya Kategaya, State Minister for Trade and Co-operatives David Wakikona, Uganda’s Ambassador to Burundi, Brigadier Matayo Kyaligonza and Uganda’s envoy to Rwanda Richard Kabonero as well as the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. James Mugume.

Other EAC regional leaders who are in Bujumbura for the Summit include President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya and the host President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi.

President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania is being represented at the Summit by the Vice-President Dr. Mohammed Gharid Bilal while President Paul Kagame of Rwanda is represented by his Prime Minister Pierre Habumuremyi.


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