Museveni Narrates Liberation Historical Links With FRELIMO
President Yoweri Museveni has hailed the FRELIMO party and the people of Mozambique in general for the support they gave the Ugandan freedom fighters and their immense contribution towards the liberation of Uganda from the Amin regime.
“We are forever grateful to FRELIMO and Mozambique for the support. Uganda had become a failed State like Somalia and others,” he said, adding that the recovery of Uganda was supported by the Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and Samora Machel of Mozambique who trained the first 28 soldiers of NRA who later liberated Uganda.
“Therefore I want you people to keep and sustain this history. You belong to a very rich heritage,” he said.
FRELIMO is a democratic socialist political and most dominant party in Mozambique and has won a majority of the seats in the Assembly of the Republic in every election since the country’s first multi-party election in 1994. It was founded on June 25, 1962 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by Samora Machel and Eduardo Mondlane
Addressing members of Parliament and veterans from Mozambique who have been on a tour of Uganda, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who first gave a brief history of the relationship between Uganda and FRELIMO thanked President Nyusi and his delegation for accepting his invitation.
“I thank His Excellency for coming and bringing the First Lady and a powerful delegation”. President Museveni said.
President Museveni offered government’s willingness to train Mozambican cadets because UPDF now has the experience.
“If you want to train cadet soldiers, we shall train them. But send educated people like university graduates,” he said.
FRELIMO, the President said has got a unique position in the history of African resistance as one of the first African liberation movements to defeat colonialists. He said that now that both countries are free, the time to work is now.
“Now that Mozambique is free and Uganda is free, we need to do serious work. We have agreed, that let us do more action and less words,” President Museveni said.
The President emphasized government’s commitment not only to support the Mozambican veterans but also the country’s economy.
On the issue of terrorism, the President said the terrorists will be defeated.
“The terrorists in Mozambique will be defeated. We were occupied in Somalia and now Congo. We are happy that SADAC and Rwanda have been helping. But if the issue is not resolved, then we shall organize our army. We have got an experienced army,” he said.
On his part, President Filipe Nyusi thanked President Museveni and the government of Uganda for the invitation and hospitality given to him and his delegation while in Uganda.
“Thank you Mr. President. I want to thank you for the invitation, hospitality and the success of this State Visit. The feed back home is very strong,” President Nyusi said.
President Nyusi commended government on the developmental programmes aimed at getting the Ugandan population out of poverty. President Nyusi was referring to some of the demonstration farms he visited in Luwero (Kawumu Presidential demonstration farm) and the Industrial Park in Kapeeka.
“At the Presidential demonstration farm we saw very many amazing projects. We have learnt a lot also at the industrial park in Kapeeka,” President Nyusi said.
The Mozambican leader said that they have learnt from the Government of Uganda’s experience of how government can partner with the private sector to transform a country.
“We have made big decisions and now we want to see actions not words. Mr. President, allow me once again to thank you. I do not have enough words to express my gratitude for this successful visit,” President Filipe Nyusi said.
Later, President Filipe Nyusi and the First Lady Dr. Isaura Nyusi were seen off from State House Entebbe by President Yoweri Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni.
At Entebbe International Airport Mr Nyusi and the First Lady Isaura Nyusi and their delegation were seen off by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Gen Jeje Odongo Abubakar, Uganda’s Defense Advisor to Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia Major General Steven Kashaka, Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Sorowen, Commissioner of Prisons Samuel Akena and Ambassador Col (Rtd) Fred Mwesigye.
Others were H.E. Verónica Nataniel Macamo, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Mozambique and other officials of the visiting delegation.
This was President Nyusi’s return visit following President Yoweri Museveni’s three-day visit to Mozambique in May 2018 during which he visited the legendary Montepuez Barracks where he led 28 FRONASA youth in training in 1976.
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