Museveni pays pilgrimage to Mao Zedong home

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President Kaguta Museveni has made a pilgrimage to the birth place of Chairman Mao, the founding father of China in Shaoshan, Hunan Province in China.

Mao Zedong, also known by his courtesy name Mao Runzhi and the title Chairman Mao was the Chairman of the Communist Party of China and paramount leader of the People’s Republic of China.

Museveni, a revolutionary himself, was on a four-days working visit to China where he attended the China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo and also held a bilateral meeting with Chinese President, Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Museveni arrived in the Chinese Province of Hunan Thursday and was received by Li Weiwei, the chairperson of the Hunan Provincial Committee of the CPPCC.

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Museveni took time off to celebrate Chairman Mao at Orange Island in Hunan Province.

Museveni was also hosted in Chairman Mao’s’ former residence and office.

He is seen looking at a photo of Chairman Mao’s eldest son Mao Anying who joined the Peoples volunteer army and went to fight in Korea in 1950. He was killed by a landmine a few months later.

“Today, I undertook a historic and revolutionary pilgrimage to the birthplace of China’s Founding Father, Chairman Mao Zedong, in Shaoshan Village of Hunan Province,” Museveni said.

He added: “The pilgrimage began at my residence, the Rongyuan Hotel, which was Chairman Mao’s work station while he was in Hunan.”

In Shaoshan, Museveni visited the Mao Zedong Statute Square, paying his respects before taking a tour of the Mao Zedong Memorial Hall that showcases his life & times.

He also toured the humble home in which Mao was raised and later the Orange Island where a large statute of Chairman Mao as a young man stands majestically in the sky.

“Here are my brief reflections on Chairman Mao’s life and China’s role in Africa’s anti-colonial struggle.”

Before returning home, Museveni thanked President Xi Jinping for the invitation saying he was confident “our relations with our Chinese brothers and sisters can only get stronger, especially economically and socially”.

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