Equatorial Guinea President Obiang In Uganda For State Visit

Equatorial Guinea President Obiang In Uganda For State Visit

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Entebbe:President Yoweri Museveni has Friday received his counter part President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, who arrived in Uganda this afternoon on a three day official state visit.

President Obiang’s visit comes shortly after United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) welcomed Equatorial Guinea’s accession to the Kampala Convention on internally displaced people (IDPs), becoming the 29th African Union (AU) member state to do so according to the UNHCR.

Presidents Theodore Obiang Ngweso (L) with Yoweri Museveni having an interaction

The Kampala Convention is the world’s first and only regional legally binding instrument for the protection and assistance of IDPs, who often face heightened risks, violations and sexual abuse because of their displacement, while they struggle to access their rights and basic protection.

President Museveni welcomes his colleague Theodore Obiang Ngweso to State House Entebbe

Equatorial Guinea deposited its instrument of ratification of the Kampala Convention at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October this year.

President Theodore Obiang Ngweso being welcomed at Entebbe International Airport

With this development, 29 of the African Union’s 55 member states have now acceded to the Kampala Convention.

The move by Equatorial Guinea is particularly opportune as the Kampala Convention is marking its 10th anniversary this year with activities organized by the AU with support from UNHCR and other partners.

Foreign Affairs Minister Okello Oryem headed the team that welcomed President Obiang to Uganda

President Obiang, who is the official AU champion of 2019 on finding solutions to forced displacement in Africa and will represent the AU at the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva had a tete-a-tete meeting with President Yoweri Museveni.

Tomorrow he will tour Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement center, Panyandoli Health Centre 111 and Panyandoli vocation school to have a first hand experience on how Uganda has successfully handled the refugee situation.

Over one million refugees have fled to Uganda in the last two and a half years, making Uganda the third largest refugee-hosting country in the world after Turkey and Pakistan , with 1.36 million refugees by June 2018.

Wars, violence and persecution in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes Region were the main drivers of forced displacement into Uganda, led by South Sudan’s conflict, insecurity and ethnic violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and political instability and human rights violations in Burundi.

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