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Sudan's Bashir For Two-Day Visit to Uganda :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Sudan's Bashir For Two-Day Visit to Uganda

A source at Foreign Affairs Ministry that asked for anonymity said President Bashirs visit is part of the ongoing efforts to resolve the conflict in South Sudan.
11 Nov 2017 04:15
Sudanse President Omar-Al Bashir on his visit to Uganda
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is set to visit Uganda for a two-day visit again defying the warrant for his arrest over alleged genocide charges issued by the International Criminal Court-ICC.

Linda Nabusayi Wamboka, President Museveni's Press Secretary confirmed that the Sudanese leader will arrive in the country on Sunday. She did not give further details regarding visit apart from saying Bashir is coming under the invitation of President Museveni.

A source at Foreign Affairs Ministry that asked for anonymity said President Bashir's visit is part of the ongoing efforts to resolve the conflict in South Sudan. The Source indicates that meeting in Kampala will further cement bilateral ties.

President Museveni and his Sudanese counterpart have since 2015 been trying to forge mutual cooperation and positions towards regional and global issues. They have in the past stressed the need revitalize political and diplomatic coordination to counter challenges that face the region.

The meeting reviewed and updated the matrix on the implementation of previous decisions that include various areas of cooperation between the two countries. President Omar al-Bashir last visited Uganda in May 2016 to attend the swearing-in ceremony of President Museveni.

Human rights activists have in the past urged Uganda to arrest the Sudanese leader in the implementation of provisions of the Rome Statute, the treaty that created the ICC.

As a signatory to the treaty, Uganda has an obligation to arrest Omar al-Bashir. But presidential spokesman Don Wanyama says President al-Bashir, who is wanted over alleged atrocities in the Darfur region, is immune from arrest as a head of state.

President Museveni has in the past led criticism of the ICC, calling it a bunch of useless people and a biased instrument of post-colonial hegemony. Museveni has also stated that Africa should urgently reconsider its engagement with ICC on account of its humiliating treatment of the continent.

Museveni and his Tanzanian counterpart, Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli at a meeting at State lodge Masaka condemned the  International Criminal Court (ICC) judges' decision  to open investigations in Burundi.

A few African countries, among them, Burundi and South Africa, have started an exit process from the treaty that created the ICC, saying the court unfairly targets Africans.

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