Friday, April 1, 2011

Uganda denies that Gadhafi could seek asylum in the country

Uganda's government denied having stated that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, to take refuge in Ugandan territory and said that reports to the contrary "are completely false." Said the head of International Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem, "has not kept any cabinet meeting during which it was discussed that issue." "Our position has been and remains that any request for asylum is considered in accordance with our guidelines, so if you ask Gadhafi will be considered like everyone else," said Oryem.

Published reports claimed that Uganda had offered asylum to Gadhafi, who is facing a rebel offensive, with the support of the international coalition aviation. Also, the international community is making repeated appeals to Libyan leader to leave power. Gadhafi supported President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, in the war that took place in the central African country between 1981 and 1986 and brought to power current Ugandan president.

The Libyan leader has also funded several projects in Uganda, as the renewal of Tooro King's Palace and the main mosque in Kampala. Moreover, Libya has invested in a Ugandan companies $ 370 million, including a telephone company in textile companies, hotels and oil.

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