Entebbe, Uganda – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has today left for the black sea resort of Sochi where he will join other 36 heads of State and governments for the Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum that opens tomorrow Wednesday at the Sirius Park of Science and Art, one of Russias largest convention venues.
The President who is accompanied by his daughter Diana Kamuntu Museveni was seen off this morning on departure at the VVIP lounge, Entebbe International Airport by the Minister for Presidency Esther Mbayo, the Head of Civil Service John Mitala, the Commander Air Forces Major General James Lutaaya, the A.I.G.P Andrew Sorowen and the Commissioner for Uganda Prisons Johnson Byabasheija.
According to AFP, the summit is a chance to revive Soviet-era relationships and build new alliances, bolstering Moscow’s global clout in the face of confrontation with the West.
“Russia has always been present in Africa, this is a very important continent,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said ahead of the summit.
“Russia has things to offer in terms of mutually beneficial cooperation to African countries.”
Though never a colonial power in Africa, Moscow was a crucial player on the continent in the Soviet era, backing independence movements and training a generation of African leaders.
Remnants of that influence remain, from the Kalashnikov rifle on the flag of Mozambique to the Angolan flag with its hammer-and-sickle-style gear and machete.
The leaders of former Soviet client states like Angola and Ethiopia will also be at the forum, but so will others from where Moscow’s engagement has been traditionally low, like Nigeria and Ghana.
Africa Tembelea has also learnt that Egyptian President and African Union chairman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi — who Putin has fostered as an ally — will co-chair.
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