By Goodluck Musinguzi

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni flew to Chato in Tanzania to meet President John Pombe Magufuli for the signing ceremony sign of the Host Government Agreement (HGA) for the construction of the Crude Oil Pipeline project.

The 1,445KM Pipeline will transport crude oil from Uganda’s oil fields to the Port of Tanga on the Indian Ocean. However pictures of President Museveni putting on the face mask and social distancing from his counterpart has made people talk about coronavirus.

Acline Ahimbisibwe said she is happy that President Museveni continues to lead by example in this coronavirus pandemic.

Did you see his Presidential Guards putting on masks while their counterparts were not. This professionalism and following SOPs makes Uganda tick”, Ahimbisibwe said

David Okiling said see how leaders lead by example, do as I do… Let’s stay safe from Covid19, always wear your mask.

Sewe Paul asked ,People who praise Magufuli tackling of Covid19 was Kaguta Museveni taking these precautions so as not to contract or to avoid transmitting the virus?

President Magufuli makes it clear he will not have anything to do with Covid19 and masks while Museveni and his security team insist on their masks. Well back to the news, the crude oil pipeline project is on, said Rebecca Tumwebaze

Kenyans and others were on twitter and facebook to ask why President Mugufuli and his security refused to put on a mask.

On twitter MAGUFULI is quoted saying : President Museveni called me yesterday morning, asking we meet to move issues of the pipeline forward. He told me Corona should not be a reason to delay the dev’t of Tanzania & Uganda. ‘I will come with a mask on,’ he said. I told him, you can even come with a blanket!

Away from the face masks and coronavirus a multi-billion dollar project has been signed between the two countries.

Presidents Magufuli and Museveni today in Chato, Tanzania have signed the Host Government Agreement (HGA) for the construction of the Crude Oil Pipeline project. The 1,445KM Pipeline will transport crude oil from Uganda’s oil fields to the Port of Tanga on the Indian Ocean.

In a statement President Museveni said he held a meeting with His Excellency John Pombe Magufuli in Chato, Tanzania, they discussed a number of issues of bilateral interest to both countries.

Importantly, they discussed issues around the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project.

“In principle, we agreed that our governments expedite the harmonization of pending issues in the spirit of the East African Community (EAC), the remaining agreements be fast-tracked including the Tanzanian HGA and we quickly carry out the implementation of EACOP project”, said President Museveni

It was a follow-up meeting after Uganda signed the Host Government Agreement with Total recently.

I thank His Excellency Magufuli and the Tanzanians for the cordial reception to my entourage and myself, President Museveni said.

About Goodluck Musinguzi

Born on 12th March 1979 in Kabale district, South Western Uganda near the Rwanda and Eastern Congo Borders. Started Journalism around 1999, the Kibwetere inferno was a turn around. Entatsi newspaper and Monitor FM were interested in my stories. I covered extensively the Amama Mbabazi-Garuga Musinguzi Parliamentary elections extensively for Monitor Newspaper,Monitor FM, Voice of Kigezi and Entatsi Newspaper. Later I worked with Uganda Radio Network. Newvision gave me opportunity to cover War in Eastern Congo. Did investigation stories. Am now the Chief Executive Officer Kigezi News Agency Limited, we publish for a number of websites in Uganda.

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