General hussein Kulmie Afrah, one of Somalia's three vice-presidents, has urged Somalis living in Uganda not to mar the two nations's good relations.
General hussein Kulmie Afrah, one of Somalia's three vice-presidents, has urged Somalis living in Uganda not to mar the two nations's good relations. Addressing a gathering of Somalis in Kampla during an official visit to Uganda to join in 'Africa Week' celebration, he urged them to obey local laws and 'share their joys and sorrows with their ugandan brothers and sisters'.
Earlier General Afrah, who is also Somalia's Secretary of Stat for the Interior, pledged that if Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania formed themselves into a federation his country would join it. He was speaking at luncheon in his honour during which Uganda's President Idi Amin called for the three East African states to form a federation. The luncheon was also in honour of visiting Tanzanian Foreign Minister John Melecela.
SYNOPSIS: 'Africa Week' has been celebrated in Uganda, with delegations from many nations attending several days of festivities, speeches and lunches. Among the delegations was a thirteen-strong Somali team, led a thirteen-strong Somali team, led by one of Somalia's three vice-presidents, General Hussein Kulmie Afrah -- who is also Secretary of State for the interior. On Thursday, he called together Somali residents in Uganda to talk to them.
General Afrah, who earlier during his visit held discussions on matters of mutual interest with Ugandan President General Idi Amin, urged the expatriate Somalis not to do anything which would mar the good relations between the two nations. They should obey local laws, he said, and share their joys and sorrows with their Ugandan brothers and sisters.
Earlier, he had pledged Somalia to join any East African federation between Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. He was speaking in response to General Amin's call for such a federation.