MOMBASA – President Museveni has arrived in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa for a three-day state visit on the invitation of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“Arrived in Mombasa, Kenya this morning for a three-day state visit on the invitation of His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta,” a tweet from his office noted adding that “Our discussions will focus on how to strengthen our countries’ political, social and economic ties.”
Besides bilateral meetings, President Museveni will also tour Mombasa Port, before traveling to Nairobi for further engagements.
Mr. Museveni has been received by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa where State reception ceremonies have also been conducted.
Kenya remains Uganda’s longest standing regional partner dating back to the colonial era days, and last year, trade between the two countries peaked at $1.1billion,(with a surplus for Uganda for the first time worth $122.7M), making it the biggest trade partner in the region.
Accompanied by his host, Mr. Museveni will Thursday, March 28 tour Kenya Ports Authority to explore how to further ease transit off goods through Mombasa, where Uganda’s cargo traffic grew by 12 percent from 6,346,715 tonnes in 2016, to 7,112,971 tons in 2017.
The President will then attend a state dinner hosted in his honor, and address a Kenya- Uganda business roundtable. Museveni’s visit follows a similar one made by President Kenyatta to Uganda in August 2016, where the two Principals agreed to strengthen bilateral collaboration.
He arrived in Kenya after from South Africa where he attended a two-day Southern African Development Community Saharawi Solidarity conference.