Obama Envoy, Museveni Discuss Somalia’s Future

illness geneva; font-size: small;”>Ms Wendy Sherman’s two-day visit to the country comes after her tour of the African continent that has already taken her to South Africa, prescription Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

She is also expected to visit Kenya and Ethiopia before she concludes her continent tour.

President Museveni and his guest delved into regional issues of the Great Lakes’ Region.

Mr Museveni said that Uganda is committed to supporting the restoration of peace and stability in the region despite the ongoing negative stance portrayed in the media.

The President was apparently referring to a recently leaked United Nations report showing Uganda and Rwanda were fomenting trouble in Eastern Congo by supporting M23 rebels.

The report sparked fury from Uganda, with Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi ,warning they would pull out its troops from the war-torn country if UN continued “peddling lies” and “maligning government.”

Ms Sherman commended the President for his efforts in establishing security, stability, peace and development in Uganda and also for his participation in the peace process in Somalia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as well as flushing out the LRA.

She said that Uganda has enormous opportunities in attracting vast investment capital adding that this advantage can be further enhanced by ensuring that a well educated work-force is in place, the bureaucratic system made easier without forgetting continued stability and security.

Ms Sherman said that America appreciates President Museveni’s contribution to the pacification and stabilization of Somalia adding that her country also looks forward to continued collaboration and working together with Uganda within the framework of the African Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) to establish a stable government and a professional army in the Horn of Africa country.

President Museveni, who warmly welcomed Sherman and her delegation to Uganda, also briefed her on issues that have largely affected the development of the African continent.

He noted that African has lagged behind in the transformation process because of the suppression of the private sector in favour of parastatals that, he said, did not offer enough motivation and led to stagnation in development in the 1960s and the 1970s.

He said that the positive pace of development that is visible in Uganda today was as a result of the emancipation of the private sector spearheaded by the Movement government despite a number of bottlenecks including those that do not need electricity to operate.

Present were State Minister for International Affairs, Mr. Okello Oryem, the US Ambassador to Uganda, Scott De Lisi and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Cynthia Akuetteh.


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