President Magufuli congratulates President Museveni over election win as the two leaders discuss EAC trade, oil pipeline

Wednesday 2nd March 2016

President Yoweri Museveni has held a bilateral meeting with his host President John Pombe Magufuli at the Arusha State lodge in Tanzania at the sidelines of the ongoing 17th Ordinary Summint of the EAC Heads of State.
President Museveni thanked President Magufuli for his high speed in service delivery to the people of Tanzania and said he was happy to be in Tanzania which he considers as home.

The host President Magufuli thanked President Museveni and congratulated him for winning the just concluded Presidential elections in Uganda. He observed that Museveni is among the three Presidents who signed the treaty to revive the East African Community, others having been Arap Moi of Kenya and Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania.
President Magufuli was pleased to note that Museveni is still in office to enable the continuity of EAC and boost the activities of the community.

The two countries are planning to build an oil pipeline between Tanga and Uganda covering a distance of 1120km. Magufuli said this is projected to employ 15000 people. He thanked President Museveni for reciprocating the Tanzanian gesture of having facilitated the liberation of Uganda by supporting the project.
President Magufuli said that during this summit South Sudan will be admitted as the six member of the EAC. He said this measure will enable the EAC block to have a market of over 150 million people.

The meeting was attended by the Tanzania Minister of Foreign Affairs Agustino Mahiga, That of Uganda Sam Kutesa and the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs of Tanzania Harrison Mwakembe.

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