November 27, 2021

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Uganda gives India land for Mahatma Gandhi centre

Oryem and Shri Muraleedharan at MOFA

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Uganda has given India 20 acres of land to build the Mahatma Gandhi Convention and Cultural Centre.

This was announced Tuesday by Hon. Okello Oyrem, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in Charge of International Cooperation while meeting H.E Shri V. Muraleedharan, the Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs of the Republic of India, at the ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kampala.

Speaking to journalists in Kampala following his meeting with Shri Muraleedharan, Oryem said that 15 acres of land have been identified in Entebbe while five acres have been identified in Jinja.

This is in fulfilment of a promise made to India Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his 2018 visit to Uganda.

“We have given 15 acres of land in Entebbe and India is going to build the Mahatma Gandhi Convention and Conference Centre for Uganda

He said the five acres of land in Jinja will be used to build India centre for culture and traditions.  

Earlier, Oryem thanked India for availing Uganda with Covid19 vaccines at a time other countries were hoarding the vaccines.

He said this was due to the good relationship between the two countries.

He said it was a mistake for President Idi Amin to chase away Indians in 1970s after they had built a railway from Mombasa in Kenya to Uganda.  

Oryem then handed over a drum to Shri Muraleedharan.

In turn, Muraleedharan said the coronavirus pandemic does not recognise borders and that was the reason India had to come to Uganda’s aid.  

He said India supports Uganda’s economic growth.

The main purpose of his visit is to strengthen the excellent and cordial bilateral relations and deepen cooperation between Uganda and of India.

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