Pres. Museveni receives special message from Tanzania's Magufuli

L-R: Tanzania's Minister Augustine Mahiga, President Kenyatta of Kenya; President Kiir of Sudan; Prime Minister of Israel Netanyahu; President Museveni of Uganda; Kagame, President of Rwanda; Ethiopia's Hailemariam Desalegn and President Lungu of Zambia (photo:

6 JULY 2016

President Yoweri Museveni has received a special message from President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania.

The Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Augustine Mahiga delivered the message to Mr. Museveni at State House, Entebbe on Tuesday 5th July 2016.

In his message, President Magufuli expressed Tanzania's gratitude to Uganda and other regional countries for their commitment to building their relations with Israel whose Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, is currently visiting the Eastern Africa region.

Prime Minister Netanyahu was in Uganda on Monday 4th July 2016 to commemorate 40 years since the Israelis rescued their citizens who had been taken hostage by Palestinian and German hijackers during which the leader of the rescue operation Lt. Col. Jonathan Netanyahu, elder brother to Prime Minister Netanyahu, was shot and killed.

During the meeting with the Tanzanian Foreign Minister, President Museveni urged the United Nations to instill harmony in sectarian and warring factions among many nations in the world by promoting negotiations in order to achieve a peaceful world.

Mr. Museveni condemned forces that hijack innocent people using it as a method of fighting. "This is lack of seriousness," he observed.

He added that FRELIMO in Mozambique was armed but not a terrorist group and that NRA in Uganda was armed and fought a just war successfully. He observed that many do not understand the meaning of terrorism.

"Any armed negative force is terrorist. Those who say any armed person is a terrorist do not understand the meaning of terrorism. FRELIMO was armed. NRA was armed and fought a just war successfully," he said.

Regarding the issue of political borders, the President emphasized that they should remain the yardstick. "We should go by principle and accept colonial borders to remain rational. My Pan-Africa position still holds that there should be human integration," he said.

Commenting on former Vice-President Dr. Specioza Wandira Kazibwe's vying for the post of the African Union (AU) Chairperson, President Museveni said that she is energetic and intelligent adding that given a good team, she is going to work very well.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sam Kuteesa and Uganda's High Commissioner to Tanzania, Dorothy Hyuha, attended the meeting.