President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe has this evening arrived in Uganda on a 2-day State Visit at the invitation of his host, President Yoweri Museveni.
H.E Mnangagwa was received at State House, Entebbe, where the two leaders later held bilateral talks.
Africa Tembelea has learnt that the two leaders discussed a wide range of issues including the need to expand partnership, trade and investment, regional security and peace, economic development as well as the need to reform the United Nations Security Council and removal of Western sanctions that were placed on Zimbabwe.
During the talks, Museveni also expressed condolences to Mnangagwa and Zimbabwe for the passing on of Robert Mugabe on September 6, describing him as a Pan-Africanist who will always be remembered for fighting for the African cause.
“I am very happy to welcome President Mnangagwa here in Uganda for the State visit as a guest of Uganda for the 57th Independence Day celebrations,” Museveni said during a joint press conference at State House, Entebbe.
“When our brothers and sisters from Southern Africa come here, they are coming home, and when we go there, we are also going home,” he added.
On his part, Mnangagwa said Uganda is not only a beautiful country but also signifies another home for Zimbabweans.
“We feel at home away from home,” he said, emphasizing that Uganda and Eastern Africa played a vital role in the liberation struggle of Southern African countries, including Zimbabwe.
He praised Uganda for educating key figures in Zimbabwe, saying that some politicians in his current cabinet studied at Makerere University.
“So, Uganda supported Zimbabwe materially, politically and intellectually,” he said, calling for increased trade and support between Uganda and Zimbabwe.
President Mnangagwa is expected to grace Uganda`s 57th Independence anniversary celebrations that will take place in Sironko District in Eastern Uganda. The 2019 independence celebrations are organised under the theme, Consolidation of National Unity, Security, Freedom and Prosperity.