The minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem says that “Uganda is watching Sudan very closely.” The minister has been appearing before the House committee on Foreign Affairs to defend the sector’s budget for the next financial year.
This is the first official public statement of the authorities in Kampala about developments in Khartoum, since Sudan’s longest serving president Omar all Bashir was deposed by joint pressure of civilian and military forces last week.
Oryem says that Uganda takes the Sudan as an immediate neighbour, and that since the transition is very volatile the govt in Sudan should respect the will of the people.
The minister also says that they have urged the players in Khartoum to ensure that Sudan should remain intact and that Whatever happens no one should have aspiration or desire for Sudan to break.
He has further emphasized that the government in Uganda is concerned, and does not under estimate that what happens to Sudan has an effect on Uganda.