Equatorial Guinea’s leader President Teodro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo on Saturday toured Kiryandongo Refugee Center Settlement in Bunyoro Sub-Region to get first-hand experience on how Uganda has successfully handled the refugee crisis.
President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo who is the official African Union (AU) Champion of 2019 on finding solutions to forced displacements in Africa also visited a health Centre before planting a tree for mewmories of this place.
Earlier on,his host President Museveni, his host said
“Our tribes here are interlinked right from Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. The only challenges that we face now are to do with mainly logistics,” he said.
Commenting on one of the biggest causes of the refugee crisis as being terrorism, President Museveni noted that it all started with the politics of identity, which created sectarian parties and in the process fragmented them. He added that Africans must desist from such because it fuels the refugee crises.
President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo appreciated President Museveni and Uganda for opening up the borders to accommodate different nations’ citizens fleeing from war. He encouraged other African countries to emulate Uganda.
“I am here to be able to see face to face how the refugee settlements run and how the policies operate. It is very difficult to eradicate the issues of refugees because of things like terrorism but we must do our best,” he said.
Mr. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo called upon African leaders to discourage fighting among their people and jointly look into curtailing illegal arms to curb terrorism.
He added that Equatorial Guinea was planning to organize and host what he called the ‘Silence of Arms’ Conference in March 2020 to advocate for illegal arms restriction.
Uganda, according to the UN refugee agency, is the third largest refugee-hosting country in the world after Turkey and Pakistan. The east African country hosts 1.36 million refugees by June 2018. Most of the refugees in the country are from neighboring South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.
Obiang’s visit to Uganda also comes at a time when Equatorial Guinea becomes the 29th AU member state to deposit its instrument of ratification of the Kampala Convention.
The Kampala Convention is a regional legally binding instrument for the protection and assistance of internally displaces persons. This year marks the tenth anniversary since the Convention was signed.