President Bashir Turns ‘Dumb’ During State Visit


Journalists who camped at State House, Entebbe were on Monday left in disarray having waited for more than 10hours to hear from Sudan president Omar Al Bashir.

Bashir arrived this morning for his two day official state visit where he was received by state minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Oryem at Entebbe International Airport. He was welcomed by a 21 gun salute before inspecting a guard of honour. Bashir then proceeded to hold closed door bilateral talks with his host President Yoweri Museveni that started at about 1pm up to 8pm in the evening.
According to the program that was issued by presidential press secretary, Don Wanyama, the two heads of state were to witness the signing of Memorandum of Understanding before addressing a joint press conference.
However, after signing the MOUs, followed by a joint communiqué between the two heads of state, Museveni declined to hold any interactive press conference.
“For the rumour mongers, the story ends there,” Museveni said as he held Bashir’s hand and led him away for a state banquet.
Journalists some of whom had come with live coverage equipment set to cover Bashir’s press conference were left disappointed after moving out without hearing him [Bashir] say a word or even cough.
This has been very strange considering that it has been a norm for heads of state to address an interactive press conference after state visits.
Among the issues that scribes anxiously wanted to discuss with President Bashir include the International Crime Court (ICC) that issued warrants of arrest to him in 2009 and 2010 for genocide and committing crimes against humanity in his own country.
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