Museveni: Barcelona Legends’ Visit Key for Tourism Promotion

Museveni receiving a Barcelona Jersey

United States has warned its citizens against all travel to Burundi and recommended those already in the war-torn country to “depart as soon as it is feasible to do so.”

The latest travel warning comes against the backdrop of the worsening political turmoil in Burundi.

Over the weekend, ambulance unhealthy heavily armed gunmen attacked military installations in Bujumbura, sparking off intense fighting with government forces.

On Friday morning, over 97 dead bodies of perceived opposition supporters were found on Bujumbura streets.

Some of the bodies had gunshot wounds on the head with the arms tied from the back.

These horrid scenes of terror have since shocked many and attracted worldwide condemnation.

As a result of continuing violence, the Department of State said in a statement that it had “ordered the departure of dependents of U.S. government personnel and non-emergency U.S. government personnel from Burundi on December 13.”

The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura said it was “able to offer only very limited emergency services to U.S. citizens in Burundi.”

Political violence persists throughout Burundi in the aftermath of the country’s contested elections, an attempted coup d’état and the debate over the President standing for a third term.

Armed groups operate in Burundi and gunfire and grenade attacks occur with frequency.

The U.S. said its private citizens’ homes have since been inspected by police as a part of larger weapons searches.

“U.S. citizens interested in departing should therefore monitor the media, check with airlines to verify flight schedules, and also check U.S. Embassy Bujumbura’s website for the latest consular information, including security messages. The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor potential airport and land border closures,” reads the statement issued by the U.S. State Department on Sunday.


Earlier on Friday, the United States said it was deeply alarmed by the attacks that occurred overnight and continue in Bujumbura.

“We condemn this violence in the strongest possible terms, and we call on all sides to refrain immediately from violence.”

Washington said the East African Community should “immediately convene high-level political dialogue between the government and opposition to defuse the situation,” adding, “recent indications from the region suggest no serious remaining barriers to these talks, so there should be no further delay in commencing them.”

The United States also reiterated its readiness to pursue additional sanctions against individuals responsible for — or complicit in — actions or policies that threaten Burundi’s peace, security, or stability.
President Museveni has highly commended the visiting Barcelona Legends former footballers, cheap currently in Uganda, buy for their contribution in enabling Uganda expose her tourism potential and unique natural assets to 400 million viewers worldwide.

Speaking at a State Dinner that he hosted at State House, Entebbe on Friday night in the Legends’ honour together with their Uganda Cranes’ Legends counterparts, the President warmly welcomed the team to Uganda and informed them that in all the travels he has made in most parts of the world, “there is no place that is as good as Uganda in terms of climate.”

Mr. Museveni wholly commended the idea of Mr. Louis Garcia, one of the Barcelona Legends, to start a Sports Academy in Uganda to tap into the potentials of the youth in in the country, as sports is so vital for the youth.

The President also thanked the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Uganda Tourism Board for the efforts made in publicizing Uganda’s assets to the wider world saying that this would go a long way in benefitting the tourism sector.

During the dinner Mr. Museveni handed certificates to the Barcelona Legends team in recognition of their having trekked the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in South Western Uganda.

The Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) Chairman, Mr James Tumusiime, thanked the President for hosting the dinner and for the support he has always given the tourism industry in the country.

Barcelona Legends Captain, Mr. Patrick Stephan Kluivert, while thanking the President for the honour, said they are all committed to working with the Ugandan team to promote   tourism and sports in the country.

Deputy Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma, Cabinet Ministers, Head of Public Service, John Mitala, Commander of Defence Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala, British High Commissioner, Alison Blackburne and representatives of the business community, were at the dinner


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