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This news-breaking website has confirmed from Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bashir turned down an invitation for the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Heads of State Summit.
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“It’s true we invited Bashir for the summit but he is not coming to Uganda. He is suspicious we will arrest and hand him over to International Criminal Court (ICC) to face charges of genocide in Darfur,” a high ranking ministry official, who preferred anonymity, said.
“On Monday this week, a Sudanese Envoy in Kampala confirmed Bashir would not attend,” the Ministry official said.
Kampala and Khartoum have of recent been at loggerheads, with intelligence reports indicating Bashir has been funding rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and LRA remnants in DRC to disrupt oil drilling in western Uganda.
A few months ago, Sudan Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha told a symposium in Cairo that President Yoweri Museveni was planning regime change in Khartoum.
Last Friday December 9, Bashir was expected to attend celebrations in Tanzania to mark her 50 years of Independence.
Local newspapers in Khartoum had reported Bashir was on his way to Dar es Salaam only for his flight to be cancelled at the last minute. He feared possible arrest.
The Sudan dictator is the first sitting president indicted by the ICC. The court wants Bashir to answer charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region.
Uganda, a signatory to the Rome Statute, is obliged to arrest Bashir.
SATA JETS IN TODAY
In a related development, Zambia media reports the country’s newly-elected President Michael Sata will today Wednesday arrive in Kampala for the Summit.
More than 11 Heads of State and Government are expected to attend the Summit.
Zambia is currently the chair of ICGLR and Sata will handover to Museveni.
Sata will travel with his wife, defence Minsiter Geoffrey Mwamba, Foreign affairs minister Chishimba Kambwili and a group of other officials.
The Summit will dedicate a Special Session to deliberate and strategies on addressing the pervasive challenge of Sexual gender based violence in the Great Lakes Region both in conflict and peace times in all its various manifestations.
The theme of the Summit is: “United to Prevent, End Impunity and provide Assistance to Victims of Sexual Gender Based Violence.”
Member states of the ICGLR are: Angola, Burundi, CAR, DRC, Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia.
It’s hugely expected the Republic of South Sudan will be admitted to the ICGLR family during the summit.
This will be the first time Sata will be travelling out of Zambia since he became President.