(L- R) State Minister incharge Internal Affairs Hon Oryem Okello,Equatorial Guinea’s leader President Teodro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo,H.E Amb. Minata Samate Cessouma,Commissioner for Political Affairs at the African Union and Uganda's Minister incharge of Disaster Preparedness Engineer Hillary Onek in Kiryandongo Refugee Center Settlement in Bunyoro Sub-Region Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

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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.

Equatorial Guinea’s leader President Teodro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in a group Photo with Refugee Children after his tour in Kiryandongo Refugee Center Settlement in Bunyoro Sub-RegionPhoto by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

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

Equatorial Guinea’s leader President Teodro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo on Saturday tours Kiryandongo Refugee Center Settlement in Bunyoro Sub-RegionPhoto by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

“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.

Equatorial Guinea’s leader President Teodro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo on Saturday tours Kiryandongo Refugee Center Settlement in Bunyoro Sub-RegionPhoto by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

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.

Equatorial Guinea’s leader President Teodro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo plants a tree after his tour in Kiryandongo Refugee Center Settlement in Bunyoro Sub-RegionPhoto by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

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.

H.E Amb. Minata Samate Cessouma,Commissioner for Political Affairs at the African Union delivering her Keynote Address. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

“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.

H.E Amb. Minata Samate Cessouma, Commissioner for Political Affairs at the African Union delivering her Keynote Address. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.
Infront is H.E Amb. Minata Samate Cessouma,Commissioner for Political Affairs at the African Union.Behind is the Ugandan Ambassador to Ethiopia Hon.Rebecca Otengo. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Mr. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo called upon African leaders to discourage fighting among their people and jointly look into curtailing illegal arms to curb terrorism.

Assistant Representaive (protection) UNHCR in Uganda Margaret Atieno delivering her Keynote Address. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

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’s Minister incharge of Disaster Preparedness Engineer Hillary Onek delivering her Keynote Address. He said there are still some issues like Education for these refugee Children but slowly by slowly,its being handled. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

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.

Uganda’s Minister in charge of Disaster Preparedness Engineer Hillary Onek delivering her Keynote Address. He said there are still some issues like Education for these refugee Children but slowly by slowly,its being handled. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.
Equatorial Guinea’s leader President Teodro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in a group Photo with Refugee Children after his tour in Kiryandongo Refugee Center Settlement in Bunyoro Sub-RegionPhoto by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

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.

Refugee Children are seen in Kiryandongo Refugee Center Settlement in Bunyoro Sub-RegionPhoto by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.
A Member of Uganda’s Police is seen controling Refugee Children in Kiryandongo Refugee Center Settlement in Bunyoro Sub-RegionPhoto by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

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.

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