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Museveni holds talks with Zuma, to address Pan African Parliament

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President Museveni and host Jacob Zuma, at State House in Pretoria on Monday. PHOTO CREDIT: SARAH KAGINGO 

By TABU BUTAGIRA

Posted  Tuesday, March 18   2014 at  12:30
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KAMPALA.

President Museveni is due to give a landmark speech at the 10th anniversary of the Pan-African parliament (PAP). He flew to Pretoria on Monday.

Mr Museveni has held a meeting with his South African counterpart and host, President Jacob Zuma, according to State House aides. The details of the discussions, however, were not immediately available.

Stakeholders are using 2014 to evaluate the continental Parliament’s performance under the theme, “Ten years of existence of the Pan African Parliament: Reflections on its role”.

PAP was founded in March 2004 under the African Union Constitutive Act as one of the continental bloc’s nine organs and its members drawn from national parliaments have the mandate, among others, to implement AU policies and promote good governance and democracy.

President Museveni who is in South Africa on PAP’s invitation, was on arrival at Lanseria International Airport received by the South Africa’s Transport minister Ben Martins, PAP’s two Vice presidents; Loida Kasingo and Dr Gayo Ashebir and Uganda’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Julius Moto.

Ugandan MP Onyango Kakooba is taking over as head of the Ugandan representatives to the continental Parliament while Elijah Okupa replaces Cecilia Ogwal as the Opposition’s choice.

Other new members include Ngora Woman MP Jacqueline Amongin as the first vice president of the Youth Caucus; Kiruhura’s Beatrice Barumba Rusaniya as the Rapporteur of the committee on Trade; and, Sam Otada serving on the Transport committee.

Legislators Iddi Isabirye and Ruth Achenyi are accompanying President Museveni on the South Africa trip, according to deputy presidential Spokesperson Lindah Nabusayi.