Mbabazi Briefs Israel On Kony
Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has asked governments to intervene whenever people in other sovereign states are oppressed.
He said governments should not stay in power at the expense of their people while other countries look on.
Mbabazi was meeting Israel President Shimon Peres at his residence in Jerusalem on Sunday.
He said Uganda took a strong stand against genocide in the region and uprooted rebel leader Joseph Kony from the north.
"The concept of sovereignty is important but it must be sovereignty of the people, not regimes," Mbabazi stated.
He is in Israel, where he arrived at the invitation of his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, for bilateral talks.
"Our outlook on how to solve some of the problems we face in the world is the same," he told Peres.
"We are here, therefore, to discuss with the government of Israel how we can nurture this relationship in our continued fight against fascism."
Mbabazi was accompanied by his wife and Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Duties, Mrs Jacqueline Mbabazi, and other senior government officials.
The tour of duty is also a follow up on President Yoweri Museveni's visit to Israel last November.
Mbabazi briefed Peres on the gains in the hunt against Kony, efforts against inflationary pressures, the country's nascent oil and gas sector, gains in the social sector and the industrialization strategy, among others.
The briefing comes at a time when Ugandan authorities are openly accusing Sudan of harboring and supporting Kony.
Army commander Gen. Aronda Nyakairima told press Monday that Sudan army uniforms were recovered by UPDF during operations against Kony and his elements in Central Africa Republic.
Separately, Sudan accuses Uganda of backing SPLA to destabilize and eventually overthrow the regime in Khartoum.
President Perez called for strengthening of the industrialization strategy through advanced technology.
He said Uganda should learn from his country which developed without any natural resources.
"The greatest advantage we had was to have nothing because this enabled us to discover something," Peres said.
He advised Uganda to take make use of the country's youth who he said are receptive to new ideas.
Mbabazi laid a wreath at the Martyrs' and Heroes' Memorial of the Holocaust in Yad Vashem city in memory of six million Jews, including 1.5 million children, who were brutally murdered during World War II.
He was guided around the facility, according to the Premier’s Press Secretary Kyetume Kasanga.
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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