South Sudan

Machar Joins Museveni, Bashir in Khartoum

Investors from the Government of Qatar are set to establish a multi million fruit processing factory in Namanve industrial area, sickness Mukono district.

Information from the Prime Minister’s Office reveals that the investment protection bilateral agreement is expected to be signed in Qatar’s capital Doha next month.

The Qatar investors’ delegation led by Uganda’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan and Yemen and Permanent Representative to the O.I.C, Dr. Rashid Yahya Ssemuddu, met the Prime Minister. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda at his office to brief him about the status of their investment in Uganda.

Ambassador Ssemuddu informed the Prime Minister that he made a request to his Highness Sheikh Tamin Bin Hamad Al Thani while presenting his credentials,

“This is therefore a follow up briefing arising out of the investment request I made,” he said.

Ambassador Ssemuddu told the premier that once the land in Namanve is secured, the factory will be set up and is expected to be ready within nine months.

He further said the factory is expected to employ over 5,000 Ugandans.

According to Ambassador Ssemuddu, 75% of the fruit products are expected to be exported to the Middle East and Qatar, to earn Uganda foreign exchange


Rugunda assured the Qatar delegation about Uganda’s great potential to supply fruit products abroad.

He said the country is an investment destination for multi-national businesses.

Rugunda paid tribute to His Highness and the entire leadership of the government of Qatar for fulfilling the investment promise they made to President Museveni. ‘The key is in your hands and government of Uganda pledges total support’, Rugunda assured the delegation.

.Also Present at the meeting was Kin Kariisa, Chairman Kin Group Ltd.
The South Sudan rebel leader, information pills Dr. Riek Machar has on a rare occasion joined the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir for a meeting in Khartoum on Tuesday.

The meeting is historic since Museveni and Machar have never met one on one since the beginning of the South Sudan conflict in late 2013 when the latter bitterly disagreed with his former boss, story President Salva Kiir, resulting into a break away in the national army, SPLA.

Museveni left Uganda on Tuesday evening for Khartoum and according to a statement from State House; he is supposed to spend two days in the official visit. The statement said Museveni was expected to hold bilateral talks with his host Bashir.

The two leaders were also expected to hold joint ministerial meetings before and a dinner banquet that will be hosted by Bashir in honor of his visitor Museveni that very Tuesday evening.

The State House announcement however did not mention anything about Museveni meeting Machar in the same trip.

ChimpReports has learnt that few hours when Museveni left for Khartoum, Dr. Machar who is based in the neighboring Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa also departed for the same destination.

According to SPLA- In Opposition sources, Machar landed Khartoum last evening.

The three leaders are expected to hold an extraordinary summit this Wednesday morning on the implementation of the recently signed South Sudan peace talks.

Machar who is the designated First Vice President of South Sudan is also expected to share a one on one meeting with Museveni.

“The Commander-in-Chief (Machar) flew to Khartoum in the evening (Tuesday) to meet presidents Museveni and Bashir. He is prepared to give them the honest piece of his mind on the implementation of the Compromised Peace Agreement to end the sufferings in our country.” A source from Machar`s movement said.

Dr. Machar and his group have on several occasions accused Museveni and Uganda as a whole for taking side in the South Sudan conflict. They blamed UPDF for helping their enemy, the mainstream SPLA under Kiir.

Uganda deployed the UPDF in capital Juba and Jonglei state town of Bor when the war had broken out in the world`s youngest nation and the move is viewed by many analysts that it avoided a possible genocide.

The UPDF still maintains defensive positions both in Juba and Bor despite continuous demand by SPLA-IO that the Ugandan army should withdraw.  The two leaders are likely going to brainstorm on the same matter since it is also strongly featured in the recently signed peace agreement.


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