Oryem says Uganda ready to give Bashir asylum

Museveni, South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Bashir at Khartoum peace talks last year

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon Henry Okello Oryem has said Uganda is willing to consider asylum for former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir should he apply for it.

Oryem and officials from his ministry were Tuesday appearing before the Committee on Foreign Affairs chaired by Hon. Katuramu Kiribedda Hood, Pwd Representative for Western region.

Oryem said the Government of Uganda is working hard to ensure their bilateral agreements with countries which consume labour from Uganda in order to protect Ugandans abroad.

He said if deposed Bashir seeks Asylum in Uganda, “it is a matter that can be considered by government he was a co-guarantor of the peace agreement of South Sudan and we must give him credit for it”.

Oryem said Uganda was in touch with leaders of the African Union [AU] and is closely monitoring the situation in Sudan.

According to Oryem, what matters now is the transition from military rule to civilian rule or else everything will fall apart.

The Sudanese military on Thursday removed President Omar al-Bashir in a coup following months of popular protests against his three decades of iron-fisted rule.

Since mid-December, protesters have railed against a tripling of bread prices and an economic crisis that has led to a shortage of basic goods.

The military dissolved the regime, parliament and state governments, leaving Defense Minister Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf in control.

He later resigned and named Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan his successor.



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