5 Issues Uhuru and Museveni Discussed During State House Meeting

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday held talks with his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni, who is in the country for an official visit, focusing on bilateral and regional issues.

    The meeting, the first visit by a Head of Government to Kenya since President Kenyatta was sworn-in for his second and final five-year term, saw the two leaders hold cordial talks also attended by Deputy President William Ruto.

    Following the meeting, Uganda reassured her commitment towards the standard gauge railway project, stating she will ensure the line reaches the border with Kenya.

    The leaders hailed the strong bilateral relations between the two neighbours and committed to work to strengthen the ties even further as highlighted in a statement sent by State House spokesman, Manoah Esipisu.

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    Mombasa port and SGR

    Kenyatta briefed President Museveni on investments at the Port of Mombasa, including the operation of the second container terminal, which increased the port’s overall capacity to 1.65 million containers.

    This is the first phase of a three-stage project, which, when completed, will bring the total capacity of the port to 2.7 million containers per year.

    "President Kenyatta also briefed President Museveni on last Saturday’s commissioning of the Inland Container Depot at Embakasi. With the launch of the cargo rail freight on the Standard Gauge Railway, we expect that most goods will be transported from the Mombasa Port by train, starting in January 2018," continued the statement.

    Both Presidents agreed on working jointly on taking the SGR line from Naivasha to Kisumu and onwards to Malaba on the border with Uganda.  The line to Kisumu will also serve Uganda through the Lake Victoria ports of Jinja, Masaka and Entebbe.

    President Museveni asserted that Uganda was ready and committed to the SGR project, and would work with Kenya to achieve its commitment.

    The Heads of State (s) also discussed matters surrounding the East African region.

    Somalia

    On the continued deployment of African Union (AMISOM) troops in Somalia, the leaders emphasised that it was necessary for the Somali government to continue building and strengthening its national army.

    President Museveni agreed to convene a meeting of Chiefs of Defence Forces from Troop Contributing Countries to discuss progress in the mission. Thereafter, President Museveni would consider convening a summit of the countries with troops in Somalia.

    South Sudan

    The two leaders committed to continue to work to ensure peace and stability in South Sudan.

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    EPAs

    The two leaders also discussed the status of EPAs with the European Union. In this respect, President Museveni will convene a meeting of EAC Trade Ministers in Kampala in January to chart the way forward as a follow-up to discussions held in Brussels earlier in the year.

    EAC

    The two leaders reviewed progress at the EAC Secretariat and its other structures and said they would keep a close eye to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of its programmes and mandate.