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Somali president ends 3-day visit to Uganda, lobbies to join EAC

Somali President Sheikh Hassan Muhamud being seen off at Entebbe airport

Somali President Sheikh Hassan Muhamud being seen off at Entebbe airport

Somali President Sheikh Hassan Muhamud has concluded his three-day state visit to Uganda.

He was invited to Uganda by President Yoweri Museveni with whom he held bilateral discussions. During his stay, he visited the (military) Luwero Industries in Nakasongola district and also participated in the inaugural Uganda-Somalia Investment Business summit at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

He also lobbied Uganda to support Somalia's bid to join the East African Community (EAC), a regional block that brings together now seven countries. Speaking at the summit yesterday, Museveni said Uganda doesn’t have any problem with Somalia joining the EAC. 

“Uganda will support the application by Somalia to join the East African Community, and has already done so," Museveni said. "This time, it is good that Somalia has applied again because they have all it takes. Somalia has got a border with Kenya and is a democratic country. We shall definitely support Somalia to join the EAC.” 

He also reiterated Uganda’s commitment and continued support for Somalia in its struggle for peace.

“We shall continue to support Somalia in their struggle against the terrorists, and I'm glad the people of Somalia have stood against these people,” he said.

Museveni also used the summit to invite the Somali business community to come and invest in Uganda. 

“Businesspersons are the most useful group because these people know the importance of the market," he went on. "Businesspeople, historically, have contributed to the integration of countries. If you are a businessman, you should not look at the tribe or religion of the customer.”

Muhamud was seen off today at Entebbe International airport by the minister of Foreign Affairs Jeje Odongo, Somalia’s minister of Foreign Affairs, Abshir Omar Jama, the ambassador of Uganda to Somalia, Maj Gen Nathan Mugisha; the Somali ambassador to Uganda, Ali Mohamed, Brig Gen Dr Gonyi chief of staff Air. Muhamud was elected President of Somalia on May 15, 2022, defeating the incumbent Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

 

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+5 #1 Lakwena 2022-08-12 07:25
Although they want other people's and countries hospitality and/or sympathy, unless they change their attitude, including religious intolerance and racism; the Somali are generally extremist and nasty people.

E.g., In Uganda, Kenya or Tanzania, they are free to exercise their freedom of worship, build Mosque and congregate. But let any Ugandan, Kenyan or Tanzanian Christian try to proselytize (preach) or start/build a church in Mogadishu; the Somali would want to slaughter that person.

Compared to their many Mosques and/or worship communities in East Africa; how many churches and or Christianity worship communities are in Somalia?

In other words, already we have enough enigmas problem countries like Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and recently DR Congo; Somalia can only aggravate the enigma.
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+4 #2 Akao 2022-08-12 14:20
I agree with that Lakwena. That part of EA don't consider themselves Africans anyway. Somalian think they are arabs and ethopians think they are jews. They should form their EA2 with Ethopia, Etretria, Djbouti and Somililand
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+3 #3 kabayekka 2022-08-12 14:57
Lwakwena you have a good point. The East African Community is an inclusive organization. How come such a dysfunctional state is invited to join without changing its political hard core Islamic standing?

What democracy is there in Somalia when part of the African electorate, about 60 percent citizens are branded by the military USA as world terrorists.
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+1 #4 kabayekka 2022-08-12 20:13
Technically therefore modern African democracy is the tyranny of the majority (or tyranny of the masses).

It is an inherent weakness to majority rule in which the majority of an electorate pursues exclusively its own objectives at the expense of those of the minority factions.
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+1 #5 kabayekka 2022-08-12 20:13
The East African democracy is very clear about that. If in a member state of the EA community by-election the constant winner of NRM for Uganda as an example gets 100,000 votes, and the FDC party candidate gets 99,990 votes, the minority by only 10 votes less is cancelled out and these voters did elect badly.

They must go home and look after their goats and wait for another election when they might be recognized as winners of democratic elections if next time they manage to get the 100,000 votes in that particular constituency!

If other African states do not see such political corruption in the EAC, they are very much mistaken to join such a dodgy African unity that is never going to help govern better 220 million Africans.
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