President Yoweri Museveni is in the Chadian capital N’Djamena on a two-day official visit during which he will also attend the swearing-in ceremony of President Idriss Deby Itno to his fifth term in office.
Over 15 Heads of State are attending the inauguration ceremony including Benin’s’ President Patrice Talon, Burkina Faso’s Rock Mark Kabore, Ethiopia’s’ Hailemariam Desalegn, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and that of Equatorial Guinea Theodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo among others.
President Deby and his party the Patriotic Movement of Salvation won a 5th term in elections held in April 2016, after winning a first round vote with 61.5 percent of ballots cast against 12.8 percent for his nearest rival Saleh Kebzabo, according to official results.
Meanwhile, yesterday, President Museveni, accompanied by Chad’s Minister for Petroleum, Mines and Energy Djérassem Le Bémadjiel was taken on a guided tour of the Djarmaya Oil Refinery . The President was also accompanied by Ugandan engineers Irene Batebe, the Principal Petroleum Engineer in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (Petroleum Directorate) and Refinery Engineer Benjamin Ariho. Chad became an oil-producing nation in 2003 with the completion of a $4bn (£2.6bn) pipeline linking its oilfields to terminals on the Atlantic coast.