East Africa’s freshest president Samia Suluhu has today during talks and signing of the oil deal with President Museveni vowed to strengthen and elevate Uganda and Tanzania’s bilateral relationship.
During her first visit out of Tanzania since she took on office to discuss issues of national importance with veteran President Museveni, Her Excellence promised to ensure that she keeps the already existing positive relations between the two countries.
“This is my first trip outside Tanzania since I took oath. Uganda and Tanzania are friends by blood. Under my stewardship, I’ll cement and scale to greater heights areas of cooperation between the two countries,” she said.
The prime aim of this visit was to sign the crude oil pipeline construction deal that is meant to run from Uganda’s oil basin in Hoima to one of Tanzania’s sea ports Tanga. This deal is meant to cost approximately three point five billion United States dollars.
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Initially this deal was meant to have been signed last year but the life threatening covid-19 that pushed every country into a pandemic put everything at a standstill. The deal was further delayed by the untimely death of President Magufuli on March 17th, five days before the scheduled signing of the deal on March 22nd.
Although the two countries’ past is a sour thumb especially during the reign of President Idi Amin and President Julius Nyerere in around 1977, it seems the two neighbors buried the old hatchet and are now willing to see eye to eye. We most certainly should look forward to deals of the kind.