ENTEBBE – President Yoweri Museveni on Friday hosted heads of delegations of the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference to a dinner at State House in Entebbe, during which he urged them to stay and enjoy the super abundant natural attractions of Uganda.
“I hosted a state dinner in honour of heads of delegations attending the Commonwealth parliamentary conference, 2019 at State House Entebbe,” said President Museveni.
Adding that he persuaded the delegates to stay and explore the irresistible beauty of Uganda.
“Uganda is the most beautiful spot in the world and that is a fact. It so happens that we are right on the equator. Some of you have visited the equator towards Masaka, now that’s the equator on the land but here in the lake (Victoria) the equator passes 200m from the southern end of the Entebbe runaway,” Museveni said.
Uganda gets the sun all year-round, because the country is at a high elevation.
“The room where we were seated for the dinner is 1200m above sea level, while some parts of Uganda go up to 5000m above sea level. There are only two other places with such beauty. One is Nanyuki in Kenya and the other is a place I have never been- Ecuador,” Museveni said.
He further noted that, for most of the globe, the equator is either in the ocean or the low lying territory land.
“We are very lucky here. We have two rainy seasons in a year hence two harvests in a year just with the rain even before you add irrigation.”
“In Uganda, we enjoy natural fresh air, no need to warm it or cool. We are in the center of Africa. From here to Alexandria in Egypt is 5 and half hours and to Cape Town in South Africa is 5 and a half hours by plane. It is equidistant. That is why some rivers start from here.”
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The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) was founded in 1911 as the Empire Parliamentary Association and was run in the United Kingdom. Originally, it comprised Australia, Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
It would later change name in 1948, a plan that saw the coming on board of most Commonwealth. It also has an independent, fully fledged secretariat based in London, financed by all member states. The CPA in 1989 created the constitutional posts of Patron and Vice-Patron.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth, consented to become Patron. The position of Vice-Patron is reserved for the Head of State or Government of the CPA Branch hosting the plenary conference. The Association currently has approximately 180 branches and is divided into nine regions – Africa, Asia, Australia, British Islands and Mediterranean, Canada, Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic, India, Pacific, and South-East Asia.