Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has arrived in Tanzania for one-day private visit on a special invitation by his counterpart John Pombe Magufuli.
President Museveni’s aircraft touched down at Chato Airport at 1315hrs, in northwestern region of Geita.
He was flying from Angola where he had met Rwandan President Paul Kagame, DR Congo’s Felix Tsishekedi and their Angolan host.
Upon arrival at the airport, he was received by his counterpart Dr Magufuli, top government officials and hundreds of Geita residents.
Thereafter, he inspected a special guard of honour mounted by the army before the national anthems of the two countries were played.
Speaking shortly afterwards President Museveni said he was in Tanzania on a pilgrimage and that it was like returning home.
“While Christians go to Rome, Muslims to Mecca, I come to Tanzania as my pilgrimage. I am happy to be here. I have a lot of historical attachments to this place. It is like a home to me,” said President Museveni.
This ‘pilgrimage’ is hinged on brotherhood, he added.
Mr Museveni becomes the second Head of State from the East African Community (EAC) Member States to visit Dr Magufuli at his home town – chato a week after Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta landed there and held an unofficial meeting with Dr Magufuli.
The two Heads of State among other things addressed a joint public rally in Chato.