Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

22 November 2012

Tanzania: Outgoing Ugandan Envoy Hails Dar es Salaam Infrastructure

THE outgoing Ugandan Ambassador to Tanzania, Ibrahim Mukiibi, has hailed the government for incredible infrastructure development, saying it's something his country should emulate.

Mr Mukiibi made the remarks during a farewell party in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday night adding that the country keeps changing in terms of infrastructure, and that Thursday's Dar es Salaam is different from that of five years ago.

He also commended historical ties enjoyed between Tanzania and Uganda and that the two countries shed blood together to liberate Uganda from the Idi Amin's regime in the late 1970s. Tanzania went to war after Idi Amin sent troops to invade and annex part of Kagera Region of Tanzania which the former Ugandan leader claimed belonged to Uganda.

The war led to the overthrowing of Amin. Mr Mukiibi said education has also played a key role in strengthening the relations between the two countries largely through student exchange programmes, saying the number of Tanzanian students studying in Uganda has increased.

"After five years, my journey in Tanzania is coming to an end but it is gratifying to note that Uganda and Tanzania keep strengthening the vibrant ties," said the ambassador. He noted that there were a number of joint projects between the two countries including railways to facilitate transport from Tanga Port to Kampala which he said demonstrates strong ties between the two countries.

Mr Justus Baguma, who is the President of the Ugandan Community in Tanzania, said the ambassador has been a major instrument in uniting Ugandans in the county, saying his over five years in the country saw tremendous progress in the community.

He said the number of community members has reached 900 and that the community plays a key role in advocating relations between the two countries, adding that the community provides its members with the platform to assist each other.

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