Museveni Commits to Deepening Collaboration with Re-elected President Tshisekedi – The Ankole Times

Museveni Commits to Deepening Collaboration with Re-elected President Tshisekedi

Monday, January 22, 2024

President Yoweri Museveni has reasserted Uganda’s steadfast commitment to the enduring bilateral relations with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This declaration took place during the inauguration ceremony of the re-elected President Felix Tshisekedi.

In a statement read by Vice President Jessica Alupo, representing President Museveni, warm congratulations were extended to President Tshisekedi on his re-election. Museveni emphasized that Tshisekedi’s re-election signifies the confidence and trust bestowed upon him by the people of the DRC.

Acknowledging the strong, fraternal, cordial, and historical bilateral ties between Uganda and the DRC, Museveni urged both nations to further harness these relations for mutual development and prosperity. He emphasized the manifestation of their bond through a shared commitment to Pan-Africanism on the continent.

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President Museveni assured Tshisekedi of Uganda’s unwavering commitment to collaborate with the DRC in advancing regional and continental agendas through platforms such as the East African Community, African Union, and other multilateral avenues. He expressed optimism that the bilateral cooperation between the two countries would yield significant achievements.

Wishing President Tshisekedi a successful tenure, President Museveni conveyed his eagerness to continue working closely with the DRC on matters of mutual interest for the benefit of both nations.

President Tshisekedi secured victory in the presidential election held on December 20, 2023, with 73.47% of the vote. His main opposition, Moise Katumbi, trailed with 18.08%. Tshisekedi initially assumed office in 2019, marking the first peaceful transfer of power in the DRC since its independence from Belgium in 1960.

Uganda has experienced a notable growth in export earnings from the DRC. In 2021, the Bank of Uganda reported a trade surplus of $241 million (sh914 billion) from formal trade and an estimated $177 million (sh671 billion) from informal trade exports, contributing to a total earning of $418 million (sh1.5 trillion) for the year.

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