President Yoweri Museveni on Friday met with the head of Sudan Transitional Military Council, Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan with whom they discussed democracy and stability in the troubled northern nation.
Museveni in a brief statement on social media a said Gen. Fattah and his team, who took power from longtime president Omar Bashir in April this year, briefed him on the situation in Sudan.
“At the Mbale State Lodge today, I met with members of the Sudan Transitional Military Council led by His Excellency, Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan,” said part of the statement.
“They gave me a very good briefing on the situation in Sudan and we discussed our possible collaboration towards restoration of peace and prosperity in the country. It is a cause we shall support.”
He stressed that the crisis in Sudan, which has claimed over 100 lives since the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in early June, is dangerous and disincentive to the economy.
“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 noted.
Museveni told his guests that Uganda experienced the same in the past and advised them to embrace democracy.
“The best way, therefore, is to agree and move in a democratic way. 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,” said Museveni.
Museveni’s statement however doesn’t reveal whether or not the two leaders discussed the possibility of the Military Council relinquishing power to civilian rule.
The African Union, United Nations and western nations have already called on Burhan and his team to concede power to civilians and also constitute independent investigations into the bloodshed in capital Khartoum.