By Andrew Irumba
Mbale: President Yoweri Museveni on Friday afternoon held secret talks with the Sudan Military Council, at Mbale state lodge.
Among the officials Museveni met was Sudan military council leader Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.
Shortly after the meeting, Museveni revealed that the military leaders had given him a good briefing of the situation in Sudan and discussed possible collaboration towards restoration of peace and prosperity in the country. In pictures posted on Twitter on Friday, Museveni is seen shaking hands with the Sudan military council leader. Thereafter he took to tweeter and tweeted thus;
“The best way [for Sudan], is to agree and move in a democratic way. It is a cause we shall support.” Museveni also added that “I am happy to hear that Sudan is moving in this direction and we wish the very best to this government in charge of the transition.”
On Thursday night, the Sudan military council reached an agreement with a coalition of protestors and opposition groups to share power during a transition period until elections that are likely to happen in three years are held. The deal is expected to break weeks of political deadlock since the overthrowing of autocratic President Omar al-Bashir in April.
A quick visit to Museveni is symbolic. He is seen as a unifying leader in the Great Lakes region and a peace maker at that, who is also thought to have an ear for the donors and western governments. The Sudan Security Council leaders are expected to use this record to resuscitate their image after clashes with protesters saw tens of them killed.
In Mbale, Museveni told the military council leaders that in Uganda, “we experienced this [unrest] and we lost a lot of development time.”
“The type of conflict and agitation that has been experienced in the Sudan is dangerous because it scares away business and affects the livelihood of the people,” he tweeted.