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Briefing: DRC’s Tshisekedi Promises ‘New Era’; Museveni Visiting Mombasa; Oulanya Speaks on Kadaga Health

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Oulanya Condemns “Untrue” Reports on Kadaga’s Condition

Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah has condemned what he called untrue reports on the condition of Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga.

Oulanyah while presiding over the House on Tuesday, the first plenary sitting since NRM Kyankwanzi Caucus retreat and Kadaga’s illness on Thursday last week, formally informed MPs on the Speaker’s condition.

“I wish to formally inform you that the Right Honorable Speaker is out of the country and is receiving treatment,” said Oulanyah.

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Oulanyah reechoed the statement made by Parliament on Friday that Kadaga fell ill after exhaustive trips to Morocco and the United States of America.

“The Speaker had travelled out of the country on official duty and returned on Wednesday 21st March 2019 but was unwell. She was admitted to Nakasero Hospital and upon the advice from the doctors there, she was transferred for further management to Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi,” stated Oulanyah.

He told MPs that the Speaker has stabilized and appealed to them to continue with prayers.

Meanwhile, Oulanyah said the media were publishing false theories on the condition of the Speaker.

“The media has been a washed with various theories about the medical condition of the Speaker which are not true. I strongly disagree and actually condemn such irresponsible conduct,” concluded Oulanyah.

ChimpReports on Friday morning broke the story of the Speaker being admitted to Nakasero Hospital in a leafy Kampala suburb on Thursday night.

President Yoweri Museveni on Friday morning made a private visit to the Hospital to check the Speaker, who is number three in the country’s political leadership hierarchy.

Museveni Touring Mombasa Port Today 

Museveni in a discussion with Kenyatta in 2015

President Museveni today Wednesday commences a two-day state visit to Kenya where he will tour the Port of Mombasa with his host, Uhuru Kenyatta.

Museveni arrives in the Coastal City of Mombasa today morning where he will be received by Kenyatta at the Moi International Airport.

It is here that the State reception ceremonies will be conducted.

The Kenyan presidency said “the two leaders will proceed to State House, Mombasa, where they will lead bilateral talks with their respective delegations before conducting a joint press briefing.”

During the two-day State Visit, the statement read, “President Museveni, accompanied by his host President Kenyatta, will tour the Port of Mombasa.”

The timing of the two presidents’ tour of the port comes just days after Kenyatta visited the headquarters of Namibia port authority, Namport, in Walvis Bay.

The port of Mombasa and Walvis Bay are similar because they serve many nations in the interior of Africa.

Kenyatta was taken on a tour of the port and shown how the Namibian Government is reclaiming land from the sea to enable the port to handle ships with bigger capacity.

To enhance its efficiency in serving neighbouring landlocked countries, Namport has assigned dry ports to the different nations so that they can manage their own cargo.

President Kenyatta said Kenya will study the idea of dry ports for neighbouring countries that depend on the Port of Mombasa for their imports and exports.

“That kind of arrangement can let them manage their own cargo and our job will be to be efficient port owners,” said President Kenyatta.

Museveni’s trip also follows Kenyatta’s recent visit to Uganda where he met the former for talks at State House Entebbe.

Kenyatta, a strong proponent of regional integration, is said to have expressed his reservations with Rwandan president Paul Kagame over the closure of the common border with Uganda.

DRC’s Tshisekedi Promises ‘New Era’ as CEO Africa Forum Ends 

Kagame at Tshisekedi at the event on tuesday

The seventh edition of the Africa CEO Forum closed on a high note in the Rwandan capital Kigali with two Presidents, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Felix Tshisekedi pledging commitment to support a new era of regional and bilateral cooperation to create new business opportunities that will transform the lives of all Africans.

Both Presidents were present at the opening of the two-day Africa CEO Forum that was officially flagged off on Tuesday March 25, 2019 by the host leader Paul Kagame; with Togolese Faure Gnassingbé and Ethiopia’s Sahle-Work Zewde joining over 1800 business leaders from allover Africa.

In a 30-minute session moderated by the Africa Report’s Editor in Chief Patrick Smith, the two presidents addressed issues that have shaped the largely frosty bilateral ties between the neigbouring countries often affecting integration initiatives such as cross-border trade due to conflict and resultant insecurity.

Issues discussed by the two leaders included the future of bilateral ties between their two countries and whether long-lasting reconsiliation is possible; they also discussed opportunities to colloborate on tranformative projects such as investment in energy, mining and environmental protection.

Kagame noted that regional instability will not be solved by playing blame games instead recomending that constant engagement with peers, is best, until mutually satisfying solutions are found. 

To the people of DR Congo and the region, President Tshesekedi has promised a new era of politics that seeks to burry historical hatchets and identifying with opportunities that benefit all.

“We have to believe in him. He has made a promise to his people and the region. We must support him, ” said President Paul Kagame noting that Rwandan problems often end up affecting Democractic Republic of Congo just as DRC’s problems often affect Rwanda, because of their geographic proximity.

In the past, militia groups operating in DR Congo’s vast territory have been a source of security threats to Rwanda often resulting into bilateral confrontations with previous governments in Kinshasa. But in what he calls ‘a new era of leadership’ President Tshesekendi has pledged to deal with the issue to pave way for better ties with regional neigbours including Rwanda.

“Our countries have and will always be neighbors. We politicians are simply passing actors. We must therefore exercise our leadership responsibilities to stop the senseless conflicts that only distract us from investing our resources in important partnerships that would transform our people and countries,” Tshisekedi said.

Among those important partnerships, President Tshisekedi pointed out his country’s vast untapped energy resources which both DRC, Rwanda can partner to boost their energy generation capacities.

“We want to concentrate on what we have and share in common such as the gas reserves in Lake Kivu, electricity generation at Rusizi dam so that we have more power to spur private sector investment,” said Tshisekedi. 

Uganda-Rwanda Impasse

On the ongoing Uganda-Rwanda impasse that has seen restricted movements on Rwandans seeking to travel to Uganda, President Paul Kagame assured delegates of his own commitment to engaging with his regional counterpart until a meaningful solution to the problem is found.

“We need leaders of good politics, we must also have leaders who are willing to cooperate with each other to solve problems,” President Kagame said adding that leaders should aim to rise above their personal dislikes of each other to pursue issues that benfit their respective citizens such as integration.

Both leaders agreed that conflicts undermine and hinder the spirit of regional integration and that it is the reponsibility of leaders to avoid or address those issues that lead to conflict.

Organised by the Jeune Afrique Media Group, the Africa CEO Forum begun on Monday March 25, 2019 and has been attended by 1800 business leaders, investors, and government actors from both Anglophone and Francophone Africa.

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