Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has revealed that the years of animosity between him and Sudanese president Omar Al Bashir belong to the past.
The President made the remarks on Monday while opening Rubaare mosque in Rubaare Town Council, Rushenyi County in Ntungamo district.
“We had disagreements with President Bashir in the past but we are now friends,” President Museveni said as he thanked Mr. Galal Wahby a Sudanese national and Country Director of the Uganda office of Munazzamat Al-Dawa Al-Islamiyta for contributing to the construction of the Mosque.
Uganda and Sudan have had tense relations in the past with accusations and counter accusations from both sides.
Uganda on one hand accuses the Khartoum regime of supporting elusive rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony. Kony who is also ironically wanted by the ICC is responsible for the death and suffering of many Ugandans in the north and east of the country resulting from his 20 year rebellion.
However, meetings between the leaders of both countries in the recent past have given many confidence that relations could normalize, a fact that has now been confirmed by president Museveni.
The president also used the occasion to castigate leaders who, in the past, promoted religious sectarianism and used it as a basis for dividing Ugandans.
He described such leaders as ignorant and non-enlightened who could not understand that no matter their divergent religious beliefs, all Ugandans can live together harmoniously, support and complement each other.
Mr. Museveni described elements in society who divide Ugandans on sectarian premises as committing acts of shortsightedness adding that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) believes and promotes freedom of worship and can never be party to sectarianism.