Yesterday, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni received the Special Envoy of the Republic of Somaliland, Dr. Museveni. Muslim crowds at the State House in Entebbe.
During the engagement, President Museveni agreed to serve as a unified mediator between Somaliland and Somalia.
Somaliland, officially the Republic of Somaliland, is an unrecognized sovereign state in the Horn of Africa but is internationally considered a de jure part of Somalia.
The president said he does not support Somaliland’s secession from Somalia because it is wrong.
“We do not support secession because strategically it is wrong,” President Museveni stressed.
President Museveni told Dr Jama that identity politics should be abolished if Somalia and Somaliland want the country to prosper.
He explained that people face similar challenges regardless of race and religion. Instead, he advises leaders to embrace a politics of greater interest that will transform society and the economy for citizens.
President Museveni further agreed to trade with Somaliland, saying it would benefit the economies of both countries.
“If you have something that we don’t have, we will buy it from you, and if we have it, you can buy from us what you don’t have,” President Museveni said.
President Museveni also suggested that a country’s internal market alone is not enough, so Somaliland and Somalia need to come together and trade together, but also with other African countries.
Jama thanked President Museveni for promoting peace in Somalia and asked him to help resolve the differences between Somalia and Somaliland.
He also noted that they supported the idea of East African Community expansion into Somalia.
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