New Vision (Kampala)

Uganda: Ambassador Butagira Welcomed to Germany

Kampala — UGANDA'S ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, Can. Francis Butagira, has presented his credentials to President Prof. Dr. Horst Koehler.

The ceremony took place last week at the president's palace at Schloss Bellevue.

After presenting his credentials, Butagira, dressed in traditional German attire like his host, held talks with President Koehler.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is a standard requirement by the protocol department in Germany that a new ambassador dresses like the host president while presenting his credentials.

The practice, which is also common in countries like Japan, is a replacement of what can be termed as "a national dress."

"President Koehler hailed the excellent relationship between Uganda and Germany. He was full of praise for President Museveni's vision and the development taking place here," a statement issued by the Uganda Media Centre said.

"Ambassador Butagira briefed President Koehler about Uganda's priorities centering on the development of infrastructure such as roads and railways, the energy sector and vocational training," the statement added.

President Koehler pledged Germany's support to Uganda and observed that he was happy to hear that the World Bank too was helping Uganda in the said fields.

Butagira also informed the President that peace had returned to northern Uganda and that Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army was no longer a threat ."

Before his posting to Germany, Butagira, 66, has been Uganda's permanent representative to the United Nations since July 2003. He was replaced by former Internal Affairs minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.

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