Saturday, 28 July 2007

Museveni 'Abndons' Trip Back to Uganda at Mutukula

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Kironde

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni undertook a long trek recently to visit both Kenya and Tanzania by road. This is a bit unusual since most Presidents make such trips by air.

Nevertheless, it would appear that the trip did not go as planned. This is reported in the East African Weekly tabloid of July 16-22, 2007 (p. 3) in an article entitled: “Impassable roads cut short Museveni's EA trip”.

According to presidential spokesperson Tamale Birundi (who in the article is also referred to as Mirundi), “under the original itinerary, President Museveni was expected to drive back to Uganda from northern Tanzania through the Mutukula border post, where the 1979 liberation forces entered Uganda, but was forced to 'abndon' the plan by the poor state of the roads”.

“The road from Mutukula to Uganda was impassable”, said Mr Mirundi (Birundi?). “Nor could 'and' the president travel through Bukoba port on Lake Victoria because the ferry …. was considered unreliable”.

We could excuse the typographical error, where one 'a' is missing from the word 'abandon'. Also we note that the typesetter forgot to remove the redundant 'and' in the above sentence. But to say that the road from Mutukula to Uganda was impassable is intriguing. A quick reference to the atlas shows that Mutukula is a border town (indeed the article says so).

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