HOW IT HAPPENED: Clinton Holds Talks With Museveni


online sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;”>President Yoweri Museveni has this afternoon met and held talks with the visiting American Secretary of State, Mrs. Hillary Clinton, who is currently on an Africa tour that started in West Africa. The meeting took place at State House, Entebbe.

President Museveni and his guest discussed a wide range of issues including bilateral and regional matters with particular focus on Uganda’s development and areas in the region that are experiencing instability.

Museveni briefed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on issues pertaining to Uganda’s economic development citing the building of infrastructure exemplified by the completion of Bujagali hydro-power station and other power generating projects that are ongoing as well as roads, among other activities.

The President said that that there are still other remaining development challenges, such as attracting investors and marketing Uganda’s potential abroad.

On her part, Mrs. Hillary Clinton commended President Museveni for the progress that Uganda has so far attained in the socio-economic arena and gave assurances of the readiness of the Government of the United States of America to assist Uganda in her efforts to cause transformation of her society.

On regional affairs, Mrs. Clinton also praised Uganda for the immense contribution and the role the country is playing in trying to help to address regional challenges, especially in Somalia.

She asked the President to continue looking for lasting solutions to regional issues such as the LRA problem, the challenges that have arisen in neighbouring DRC and those facing South Sudan.

2:30pm: The United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has arrived in Uganda for a two-day working visit. She landed at Entebbe Airport at around 2:30pm.

Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Henry Okello Oryem told reporters in Kampala on Friday morning that Clinton will meet President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to discuss matters of bilateral and international interest, such as peace and security in the region.

This meeting will be held at State House, Entebbe.

Oryem added Clinton will also visit a Community faith-based Non Governmental Organization in Mbuya, which provides care to urban poor persons living with HIV/AIDS, within the service area of Mbuya Catholic Parish.

This project is supported by the American Government.

Before flying out to neighbouring Kenya, said Oryem, Clinton will visit Uganda People’s Defense Force’s training facility at Kasenyi.

The United States spends millions of dollars every year in both financial and logistical support to the UPDF.

The Kasenyi facility is largely used as a training ground for the elite Special Forces Group (SFG).

While in Uganda, has established, Clinton will also discuss with Museveni human rights considering that Parliament intends to pass the anti-homosexuality Bill that proposes tough penalties for aggravated homosexuality convicts.

The US administration has rejected the Bill, with President Barack Obama labeling it “odious.”

However, MPs say there is need for serious legislation to protect the moral fabric of the nation and the culture of traditional marriage.

Clinton is accompanied by a business delegation.


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