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Obote Family Meets Zambian Leader

 

Family members of the late Ugandan leader Milton Obote have met with current leader Edgar Lungu at State House Entebbe.

During the state banquet held this week, sildenafil http://demcsb.com/wp-includes/class-phpmailer.php President Museveni introduced to President Lungu, http://csrf.net/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-list-table.php Mama Miria Obote, widow of former President Obote and her son, Hon. Jimmy Akena.

The Obote family lived in Zambia for decades until the former Ugandan leader’s death.

By 1985 factions within Obote’s own army strongly opposed him, and they organized a coup that July.

Obote fled to Kenya and then found permanent refuge in Zambia before Museveni took over as president of Uganda.

Though many Ugandans believed Obote would eventually return, Museveni warned him that if he did so he would face criminal prosecution for the deaths of thousands who had perished during his regime in the 1980s.

Obote lived comfortably in Zambia for 20 years. He died at age 80 on October 10, 2005, in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he had been hospitalized for treatment of kidney disease.

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To the surprise of many Ugandans, President Museveni ordered a state funeral for the deposed leader.

“We reviewed the turbulent history of Uganda and we saw the need for reconciliation,” Museveni said in remarks reported by BBC News.

For some Ugandans, Obote was a champion of independence whose downfall was due mostly to external forces beyond his control, or to the policies of subordinates who acted without his authority.

For others, however, he remains the architect of corruption and misrule that almost tore Uganda apart and left lasting scars on a country struggling to find its place in a rapidly modernizing world.

Liberation 

During the banquet, President Museveni commended Zambia for her contribution to the independence struggle in Southern Africa and also to Uganda’s liberation.

“Zambia didn’t only contribute to the independence struggle in Southern Africa but she also helped a great deal in the liberation of Uganda,” he said.

President Museveni made these remarks this week during a State Banquet that he hosted at State House, Entebbe in honour of President Edgar Lungu of Zambia who began a 3-day State Visit to Uganda yesterday at the invitation of President Museveni.

Apart from Zambia, Mr. Museveni also saluted Tanzania and Botswana, the frontline states that spearheaded the fight for our freedom from colonialism in 1960s.

He appreciated Zambia and her people for hosting many Ugandans who sought refuge there when Uganda was not peaceful.

He reaffirmed the commitment of the Government of Uganda to strengthen further the relations between Uganda and Zambia.

President Edgar Lungu, on his part, thanked President Museveni for the gracious invitation and welcome that has been accorded to him and his delegation.

He said that Zambia cherishes the warm and cordial relations existing between the two countries.

The Zambian leader further commended his host on the positive strides that Uganda has taken in development as a result of his sound policies and able leadership, the resilience and determination of the people of Uganda.

He said that Zambia will borrow a leaf from Uganda in her efforts to solve challenges such as youth unemployment, HIV/AIDS and women empowerment which, he observed, require a concerted effort to ensure the attainment of sustainable development.

Regional stability

President Lungu highly appreciated the role Uganda, under the leadership of President Museveni, is playing to ensure that there is peace and stability in Somalia, the Central African Republic (CAR), Burundi and South Sudan.

He expressed confidence that visit will further strengthen and deepen cooperation between Uganda and Zambia.

He re-affirmed his commitment to increasing trade levels between Uganda and Zambia to maximize the potential of both countries.

The banquet was attended by Vice-President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, Commander of Defence Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala, Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Mubajje, Ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, among others.

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