H.E Omar Hassan Ahmed AL-Bashir President of the Republic of Sudan, is in Uganda for a two-day State Visit, at the invitation of President Yoweri Museveni.
President Omar Hassan AL-Bashir was received at Entebbe International Airport, by his host President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and accorded official reception at Statehouse, Entebbe.
H.E Omar Hassan Ahmad AL-Bashir and his delegation, held talks with his host President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his delegation.
“I am glad to host Comrade Field Marshall Omar El-Bashir for a two-day official visit to Uganda. H.E. Bashir is here on my invitation. I have also asked H.E. Bashir to help us court more Arab investors. In that light, he has offered to host a Uganda-Arab Investment Summit in Khartoum. I will attend the summit to encourage more investors to come to Uganda,” he said.
Mr Museveni was speaking shortly after receiving President Bashir who arrived in the country on Monday for a two-day visit.
“We have held discussions on how to strengthen bilateral relations between our countries. We have held discussions and agreed to cooperate more in the fields of trade, foreign affairs and regional security. Uganda will export more tea and coffee to Sudan. A joint ministerial team will follow up to actualise this,” Mr Museveni said.
President Bashir was in Uganda in May last year to attend President Museveni’s fifth swearing-in ceremony.
Since 2015, the two leaders have been trying to patch the on-and-off relations between the two governments.
The two leaders held discussions on how to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
They agreed to cooperate more in the fields of trade, foreign affairs and regional security. Uganda will export more tea and coffee to Sudan. A joint ministerial team will follow up to actualise this.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni also asked H.E. Bashir to help court more Arab investors.
However, A group of six civil society organizations have tasked President Museveni to arrest his Sudan counterpart Omar El Bashir who is on a two –day visit to Uganda.
The International Criminal Court in 2009 and 2010 issued two arrest warrants for Bashir over five counts of crimes against humanity including murder, extermination, torture and rape allegedly committed between 2003 and 2008 in the Darfur region.
“As a party to the Rome Statute, Uganda has an unequivocal obligation to cooperate with ICC in relation to enforcement of warrants of arrest issued against Omar Bashir,” Hurinet coordinator Muhammad Ndifuna told journalists on Monday afternoon in Kampala.
The Civil Society Organizations blame President Museveni for failure to cause the arrest of his Sudan counterpart when he attended the former’s inauguration in May last year.
“The Pretrial chamber of the ICC found Uganda to have failed to comply with its duty to arrest and surrender Bashir in accordance to the Rome Statute.”
The CSOs claim that the pretrial chamber will soon decide Uganda’s fate for failure to arrest Bashir while in their territory. They claim that Uganda has an obligation under the Constitutive Act of the African Union to fight impunity on top of arresting and surrender persons who may have committed serious crimes.
“Inviting an international criminal suspect to Uganda not only undermines the fight against impunity which Uganda has for long championed but also betrays the concerns and interests of the victim of the most heinous crimes.”
President Museveni last year blasted The Hague based International Criminal Court as a bunch of useless fellows.
“Our Brother El Bashir is here with us today. The ICC is none of our business. It is a useless body. We used to support the ICC thinking they were serious but they are just a bunch of useless people,”Museveni said during his inauguration ceremony at Kololo independence grounds in May last year.
President Bashir is wanted by the Hague-based international Criminal Court (ICC) on two counts of crimes against humanity and genocide.
The court issued double warrants for him in 2009 and 2010 on two counts of crimes against humanity and genocide where more than 300,000 deaths were recorded in Sudan’s Darfur region. Copies of the warrants were served to his government.
ICC handles four major international crimes of aggression, war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.
Top on agenda during his visit, is the South Sudan peace process and bilateral discussions with his host on a number of areas of cooperation between Sudan and Uganda.