President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal has condemned the recent attack and killing of innocent students in Kasese and he expressed
his condolences to the parents, the community of Kasese, and Ugandans in general.
“Different groups terrorize people and nations. We must work together and mutualize our common understanding of this problem and also put together our resources to fight it. We must examine our ways including intelligence” he noted.
On the night of Friday 16 th June, Lhubiriha Secondary School in Kasese district was attacked by assailants that Uganda security forces linked to Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) In this attack, a total of 42 people including 37 students 4 members of the community and 1 security guard were killed.
President Sall further expressed the need to continue with the fight against terrorism across the continent and he also wondered why Africa doesn’t adopt symmetric measures and have them established.
The Senegalese leader who is in Uganda on a two-day official visit at the invitation of President Museveni made these remarks at a press briefing that was held at State House Entebbe on Tuesday.
President MackySall also thanked Gen. Museveni for his good leadership and asserted that his visit was consistent with the traditional African
He however underscored the need for the two countries to strengthen their bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade, security, and intelligence among other sectors.
“What does Uganda produce in excess so that it can export it to Senegal? For example, in Senegal, we import things from New Zealand and Brazil. We import powdered milk from these countries. We need to see how we can come and buy your milk,” H.E Macky Sall suggested.
In his remarks, President Museveni thanked the visiting President for positively responding to his invitation and he noted that he is happy to
reaffirm the good relations between the two African countries that have been in existence since the times of the freedom struggle against
colonialism and foreign occupation in Africa.
President Museveni also underscored the need to ensure regional peace in order for prosperity to take place in Africa. He said the key areas of
cooperation between Uganda and Senegal namely; Trade & Commerce, Technical cooperation, cooperation in political and diplomatic affairs of
Africa and Security & Intelligence cannot succeed if the rest of Africa is unstable.
“And you cannot say Senegal will do well if much of west Africa is in chaos or Uganda will do well if the rest of Eastern, Central Africa and the Horn of Africa are in trouble,” H.E Museveni noted.
Museveni however expressed concern that the level of bilateral cooperation was still low and that not much has been achieved since the last bilateral cooperation agreement that was signed in 1997.
“We have had very good relations with Senegal all the time but the bad thing is that we have not done business seriously because that is what is supposed to be done now. We should find out what Senegal can buy from outside and if Uganda can supply it and vice versa” He highlighted.
Regarding their global discussions, their Excellencies noted the two Countries’ being Members of the African Peace Initiative/Plan are ready to
support and push for a peaceful resolution of the Russia -Ukraine conflict and called for more constructive engagements and continued dialogue from both parties with the support of the International Community.
His Excellency Macky Sall becomes the second Head of State to visit Uganda and was hosted by President Museveni less than 14 days after that
of Iranian President H.E Dr. Ebrahim Raisi on Wednesday last week.
The meeting was also attended by among others: Former Prime Ministers of Uganda Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi, Ministers among other government officials.