Corona Virus Should Not be the Reason to Delay Development – Museveni

Museveni Magufuli Visit

The president of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni firmly said that corona shouldn’t be the reason to delay Uganda and Tanzania’s development. He said this to the president of Tanzania John Magufuli, whom he had visited yesterday on 13/09/2020.

The two correlatives, Museveni and Magufuli signed a unison allowing for the construction of a 1,445km(898miles) crude oil pipeline from Uganda to Tanzania.

Nonetheless, Museven’s visit depicted a huge difference between the two states. Museveni and his escorts were putting on masks and ensured social distancing with their hosts.

On the other hand, Magufuli and the hosts present,non was wearing a mask.It is remembered that Magufuli announced Tanzania corona free and declared the country to resume normally.

This time round Museven did not shake hands with Magufuli, he instead bowed in respect. Museveni waved at the few people who welcomed him but never went close to them. On alighting from his aircraft, Museveni stood about two meters away and bowed in respect to Magufuli.

During the course of the over 2-hour event, Museveni stayed with his mask on, only removing it for the time he was giving his speech and putting it back on immediately.

Also, while all Museveni’s security detail maintained their masks on, none on Magufuli’s team had their masks on.

Museveni, in his speech said that COVID -19 couldn’t stop the two to make a historical agreement like that one.

Speaking about the matter, Magufuli said that he was aware Museveni and his team were coming with masks and that is fine provided the agreement is not delayed.

“He (Museveni) called me and said we have corona but I don’t want it to be the reason to delay development of Uganda and Tanzania. He told me he is coming with a mask and I said you can even come with a blanket, provided we sign this agreement for the better of all our countries,” Magufuli said

Upon return from Tanzania, Museveni’s strictness with safeguarding Covid-19 SOPs ensured all the staff he was with were tested as they got off the plane and later transported to different ‘’unknown quarantine centres”.

Museveni paid an official visit to Magufuli and the two leaders signed an agreement allowing for the construction of a 1,445 km (898 miles) crude oil pipeline.


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