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Uganda Watchful as Gosh Returns as Sudan Intelligence Chief
Uganda is closely monitoring the situation in Sudan after President Omar Al Bashir returned a controversial intelligence chief who had supported rebel Lord’s Joseph Kony.
Abdallah Mohammed Saleh commonly known as Salah Gosh on Sunday replaced Mohammed Atta al-Moula, who had served as Director National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) since 2009.
It will be recalled that Gosh was instrumental in supporting several anti-Museveni forces including propping up the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
During his reign as Chief of Defence Forces ((CDF), Gen Aronda Nyakairima publicly warned Sudan against resuming support for LRA.
But this development comes at a time when Bashir’s ties with President Museveni are at their best since both leaders took power.
President Museveni in 2015 visited Sudan Capital Khartoum during which he expressed his wish to strengthen relations between Uganda and Sudan.
The two Heads of State reaffirmed the need for mutual cooperation and positions towards regional and global issues, and the need to revitalize political and diplomatic coordination in all fora in order to counter challenges that face the region and Africa as a whole.
On the other hand, Omar Al-Bashir paid a State Visit to Uganda in November, 2017.
Bashir had earlier visited Uganda at the swearing-in ceremony of President Museveni on May 12, 2016.
Statistics indicate Sudan imports 20% of Uganda coffee and remains the single biggest export market for the product from which about USD100 million is earned.
It remains to be seen what role Gosh will play in strengthening Uganda’s ties with Sudan.
“We are watching the situation,” said a Ugandan official who preferred anonymity to speak freely, adding, “We hope that Gosh will work with us to make our new friendship much stronger.”
But most importantly, Gosh returns at a time when Khartoum is warming up to United States.
Washington recently lifted sanctions slapped on Sudan after Khartoum severed relations with North Korea and agreed to cooperate on fighting terrorism.
But Sudan remains on the U.S. list on sponsors of terrorism.
Sudan has in the recent past stopped meddling in South Sudan and sidelined rebel leader Dr Riek Machar.
In the Middle East politics, Sudan remains a close ally of Saudi Arabia which is fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.
NWSC Reapointed Vice President of the African Water Association
The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) Managing Director Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha has been reappointed as the Vice President on the Executive Board of the African Water Association during the 19th Congress of the African Water Association and Annual General Meeting at Laico Amitie Hotel in Bamako Mali.
At the same event, the corporation’s Director of Business and Scientific Services Dr Rose Kaggwa was confirmed as the 2nd President of the Association Scientific and Technical council.
The African Water Association brings together water and sanitation sector players on the African continent with an aim of facilitating capacity development of utilities, research and projects focused on solutions for water and sanitation management and influencing sector policy by providing sound professional viewpoints on emerging issues on the African continent.
Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha shared that NWSC is a member of the African Water Association (AFWA) at continental level and a member of the International water Association (IWA) on the International stage.
“The affiliations are creating opportunities to learn global best practises, share best practises from Uganda and benchmark on modern service delivery models for better service delivery in Uganda” Dr. Silver shared.
Last year, Dr. Silver was elected the first African Vice president of International Water Association.
Flying Squad Raids Old Kampala to Recover Gun
Kampala Police on Sunday recovered an AK 47 assault rifle from a man in Old Kampala, a city suburb, raising fears more guns were in wrong hands in the capital city.
The suspect identified as Drici Henry, 25 from Laropi village in Moyo District was traveling by Divine Bus only to be found with the gun arrested and two magazines containing 58 rounds of ammunition.
Kampala Metropolitan Police say the weapon was discovered following a tip-off from look out teams around Namayiba Bus Terminal.
“Namayiba Bus Terminal Police team was able to call for back up from the Old Kampala Division and Flying squad to prevent a major catastrophe,” KMP said in a brief note to ChimpReports.
The operation was led by the DPC Old Kampala ASP Grace Nyangoma.
Drici has since been transfered to Flying Squad offices for further questioning.