His Excellency, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed the President of Somalia will be in Kampala on March 12th and 13th.
This confirmation comes at a time when there is political unrest in the Horn of Africa linked to al-Qaeda’s Islamist group Al-Shabab.
Last evening, suspected al-Shabab militants launched a suicide car bomb attack in Mogadishu, on a busy street lined with hotels, shops and restaurants, leaving 60 people injured and at least seven dead.
Exchanges of gunfire continued throughout the night in the capital and it is believed there are still some armed men inside a building, raising fears that the death toll could rise further.
The US State Department says Al-Shabab retains control over large parts of Somalia and has the ability to carry out high-profile attacks using suicide bombers, explosive devices, mortars and small arms.
Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has in the past month been to Burundi’s capital Bujumbura for a work visit, to Egypt where he attended the EU-Arab League summit and has held talks pertaining the bilateral relations with the Emir of Qatar in Doha.
While at the EU-Arab League summit, he also held bilateral talks with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who advised the Somali government to create a local loyal, voluntary military militia willing to protect and pacify the country, which gradually can grow into an affordable National Army in two years.
Mr. Abdullahi agreed with President Museveni and invited him to visit Somalia to witness the political and security recovery stages his country has undergone since the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) went to Somalia under the African Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) banner to fight Al-Shaabab terrorists.
The two Presidents will be meeting again.
He will be speaking at the inaugural The Africa Now Conference 2019 organised by the Africa Strategic Leadership Centre under the theme; Towards a secure, Integrated and growing Africa. The conference, taking place at the Speke Resort Munyonyo on March 12th and 13th will bring together regional Heads of State, foreign investors, CEOs of African and multinational companies, youth leaders and prominent civil society organization representatives.
It aims to harness the interminable energy of the African youth in forging a secure, integrated and growing Africa. Building effective Youth-Business Alliances is critical for growing economies, generating opportunities to address youth employment, as well as building and sustaining innovation, creating knowledge based economies and building the future of Africa, now!