President Museveni has met members of the Sudan Transitional Military Council led by their leader, Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan at Mbale state lodge.
In pictures posted on Twitter on Friday, Museveni is seen shaking hands with the Sudan Military Council leader. Museveni tweeted that “the best way [for Sudan], is to agree and move in a democratic way.”
He said the military leaders had given him a good briefing of the situation in Sudan and they discussed possible collaboration towards restoration of peace and prosperity in the country.
“It is a cause we shall support,” Museveni tweeted.
“I am happy to hear that Sudan is moving in this direction and we wish the very best to this government in charge of the transition,” he said.
On Thursday night, the Sudan Military Council reached an agreement with a coalition of protestors and opposition groups have reached an agreement to share power during a transition period until elections that are likely to happen in three years.
The deal is expected to break weeks of political deadlock since the overthrowing of autocratic President Omar al-Bashir in April. A quick visit to Museveni is symbolic. He is seen as a leader in the Great Lakes region and a peace marker at that. Also, Museveni is thought to have an ear of the donors and western governments.
The Sudan Security Council leaders are expected to use this record to resuscitate their image after clashes with protesters saw tens of them killed.
In Mbale, Museveni told the Military Council leaders that in Uganda, “we experienced this [unrest] and we lost a lot of development time.”
“The type of conflict and agitation that has been experienced in the Sudan is dangerous because it scares away business and affects the livelihood of the people,” he tweeted.
In April, after Bashir was deposed, Uganda publicly said it was willing to offer him asylum. Bashir faces an International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant over the death of an estimated 300,000 people during an insurgency in Sudan’s western Darfur region 20 years ago.