President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni recently had a discussion with Dr. Jama Musse Jama, a Special Envoy from the Republic of Somaliland, at State House-Entebbe. In this meeting, President Museveni expressed his willingness to mediate in the efforts to unify Somalia and Somaliland. However, he maintained his stance in support of Somaliland’s autonomy.
President Museveni emphasized that he does not support the idea of Somaliland seceding from Somalia, as he believes it is strategically incorrect. Somaliland, a region in northern Somalia, declared its independence from Somalia in 1991, but this declaration is not recognized by the government in Mogadishu or any foreign nations.
During their conversation, President Museveni encouraged Somalia and Somaliland to move away from identity-based politics and instead focus on politics centered around their common interests. He pointed out that regardless of race or religion, people face similar challenges and that prioritizing mutual interests can lead to social and economic transformation.
President Museveni also expressed interest in enhancing trade relations between Uganda and Somaliland, stating that it could be mutually beneficial for both economies. He proposed that they engage in bilateral trade, where each side could buy what the other lacks.
Additionally, President Museveni advised that relying solely on their internal markets is insufficient for their economic development. He urged Somalia and Somaliland to unite and trade with each other, as well as with other African nations.
Dr. Jama Musse Jama stressed the urgency of Somalia and Somaliland coming together to foster development. He also requested President Museveni’s involvement in facilitating the unification process, given his influential role in Somalia. Furthermore, Dr. Jama suggested that Uganda explore opportunities for trade partnerships with Somaliland, with Ugandan investors supplying goods to Somaliland and vice versa.