Thursday, 12 May 2016


President Robert Mugabe is back home after attending the inauguration ceremony of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

Cde Mugabe was met at the Harare International Airport by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and several cabinet ministers.

President Mugabe was among the 15 heads of state and government who witnessed the installation of President Museveni for a 5th term at the Kololo ceremonial grounds in Kampala today.

Presidents Edgar Lungu of Zambia, John Magufuli of Tanzania, King Letsie III of Lesotho, Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Idriss Deby of Chad, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Omar Al Bashir of the Sudan, Theodore Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, Salva Kiir of South Sudan, Baboucar Keita of Mali, Prime Minister Desalign of Ethiopia and two former presidents of Tanzania Ali Hassan Mwinyi and Jakaya Kikwete were also in attendance.

The mood at Kololo ceremonial grounds, the venue of the installation ceremony was ecstatic as the capacity crowd cheered and chanted slogans.

Soon after taking his oath, President Museveni gave his acceptance speech, pledging to increase exports of processed goods, uplift the standards of living for most Ugandans and build national infrastructure especially dams for provision of hydro energy.

"Uganda is on the threshold of attaining middle class status, and we are going to work hard to increase exports in order to reach this goal. We are also going to work hard on infrastructure development, and the building of more dams for irrigation and electricity generation is among this government's priorities in the next five years," said Museveni.

Last night, President Museveni hosted a dinner for the visiting heads of state and President Mugabe received great honour as his attending counterparts received  him with a huge standing ovation.


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