President Yoweri Museveni with on Friday this week receive HE. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea for a two-day official visit.
President Mbasogos visit comes shortly after United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) welcomed Equatorial Guineas accession to the Kampala Convention on internally displaced people (IDPs), becoming the 29th African Union (AU) member state to do so according to the UNHCR.
The Kampala Convention is the worlds first and only regional legally binding instrument for the protection and assistance of IDPs, who often face heightened risks, violations and sexual violence because of their displacement, while they struggle to access their rights and basic protection.
Equatorial Guinea deposited its instrument of ratification of the Kampala Convention at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October this year. With this development, 29 of the AUs 55 member states have now acceded to the Kampala Convention.
The move by Equatorial Guinea is particularly opportune as the Kampala Convention is marking its 10th anniversary this year with activities organized by the AU with support from UNHCR and other partners.
President Mbasogo who is the official AU champion of 2019 on finding solutions to forced displacement in Africa and will represent the AU at the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva will have a tete-a-tete meeting with President Yoweri Museveni before undertaking an upcountry tour.
H.E Mbasogo will tour Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement center, Panyandoli Health Centre 111, Panyandoli vocation school and Kiryandongo Hospital to have a first hand experience on how Uganda has successfully handled the refugee situation.
Over one million refugees have fled to Uganda in the last two and a half years, making the Pearl of Africa the third largest refugee-hosting country in the world after Turkey and Pakistan1 , with 1.36 million refugees by June 2018. Wars, violence and persecution in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes Region were the main drivers of forced displacement into Uganda, led by South Sudans conflict, insecurity and ethnic violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and political instability and human rights violations in Burundi.