Why Kenyatta Will Attend Dictator Bashir’s Inauguration

Kenyatta, Jacob Zuma and Bashir at the recent African Union Summit

The Secretary General of the ruling National Resistance Movement party Justine Kasule Lumumba on Monday met with all National Resistance Movement party leaders at Catholic Social Centre, ailment Mbarara as the ruling party steps up registration of members countrywide.

NRM leaders from the five districts of Isingiro, price Ibanda, Kiruhura, Ntungamo, and Mbarara together with MPs, Minister of State for Agriculture in charge of Animal Husbandry, Hon. Bright Rwamirama and Secretary General Kasule Lumumba sat to select officials both on the district and sub-county levels who will register all NRM members in the region.

Mbarara NRM party chairman, Jomo Mugabe started the function by abusing journalists who recently reported that he wants President Museveni to step aside in the 2016 elections.

Hon. Lumumba said Parliament passed a Bill on Saturday which includes funding of parties in the country during elections.

However, Lumumba said funding costs are distributed according to the number of party members in the parliament; whereby NRM which dominates the House managed to receive Shs7.9bn out of Shs10bn spent on all political organisations.

Lumumba said NRM will at the end of the 2016 elections start mobilizing funds to construct the party’s headquarters to end decades of renting a dilapidated office in Nakasero, Kampala.

In his message read by the Secretary General, President Museveni said Ugandans should put much emphasis on operation wealth creation.

“Poverty shall persist unless people look at the economics of farming, better plant on a four hectare plan and yield on a large scale,” said Museveni.

“We are working on rural areas but next time we shall put much emphasis on urban centers and not only in processing but also on development; and army officers will be used to extend service delivery,” Museveni added.
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta is among several Heads of State and government scheduled to attend Tuesday’s inauguration of re-elected Sudanese Dictator Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir.

The swearing in ceremony will be held at the National Assembly at Omdurman after which the invited leaders from Africa and the Middle East will retreat for a reception at the new Republican Palace in Khartoum.

Besides President Kenyatta, search the other Heads of State and government listed as guests at the inauguration ceremony include African Union chairman and Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe.

The others include the presidents of Egypt, illness Chad, approved Eritrea, Somali, Djibouti, the Vice President of South Sudan, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and the Leader of the Arab League among other dignitaries.

Although President Bashir has been in power since 1989, today’s swearing in ceremony marks his second term in office since the cessation of Sudan from its southern neighbour of South Sudan in 2011 after a national referendum.

Bashir is accused of committing heinous atrocities especially in the Darfur region and using excessive force in suppressing dissent.

Officials said Kenya and Sudan enjoy a special relationship on various economic fronts including trade and agriculture.

War on terror 

The Kenyan government said in a statement that the two countries are also “partners on the war against terror because the Khartoum government continuously faces daunting challenges of militants transiting to the Middle East to join ISIS.”

Besides joint initiatives to combat terrorism by the two countries, Sudan and Kenya are also key partners of IGAD in its efforts to restore lasting peace in Southern Sudan.

However, Juba believes South Sudan has always had a hand in fuelling chaos in South Sudan.

Just recently, Bashir warned that Sudan Armed Forces would launch an offensive to capture Juba if South Sudan continued backing Sudan rebels.

Presidents Kenyatta and Bashir have previously been charged by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on various charges against humanity.

Charges against Kenyatta were dropped with the ICC accusing Nairobi of refusing to cooperate with prosecutors.

On the economic front, Sudan is one of the largest markets for Kenyan tea where 70 per cent of all teas imported and consumed by Khartoum, are Kenyan products.

Some tea importing companies in Sudan also re-export the Kenyan tea to other countries including Chad and Central Africa Republic.

Kenya’s Ambassador to Sudan Mr. Arown K. Suge said there is ongoing collaboration between Kenana Technical Services ( Wing of Kenana Sugar) and the Sugar Board of Kenya towards the development of Kenya’s sugar industry. Kenana Sugar, which is produced purely under irrigation, takes between 8-10 months to mature whereas sugar in Kenya takes the upwards of 18 months.

The Ambassador said the Kenya Sugar Board is collaborating with Kenana to import Sudan’s sugar production technical services in the Galana Irrigation scheme that is expected to revolutionize agricultural production in the country.


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