Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (International Affairs) Hon. Henry Okello Oryem said Tuesday that Uganda was willing to consider giving asylum to deposed Sudan leader Gen Omar al-Bashir
Okello Oryem, told journalists at Parliament that “If Omar al-Bashir applies for asylum in Uganda that is a matter that can be considered by the President of Uganda.”
“If President Omar el Bashir applies for asylum in Uganda, it is a matter that can be considered by the President of Uganda. President Bashir was a core guarantor for the peace agreement in South Sudan. He played a very big role for which we have to give him credit for,”
Mr Oryem talked to journalists after he appeared before the Foreign Affairs committee to present the ministry budget proposals for the Financial Year 2019/20.
Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee Chairperson Hon. Hood Katuramu, said that it was imperative for Uganda to ensure that peace prevails in Sudan. He said Sudan is one of Uganda’s key partners and as such should not be abandoned.
Sudan imports 20% of Uganda coffee and is the single biggest export market for the product from which about $100m is earned annually.
Bashir was overthrown by the army last Thursday following several months of a civil strife that was occasioned by deplorable economic conditions, ending his 30- year- reign.
Bashir has been on ICC’s wanted list for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide in Darfur since 2005. However, President Museveni in 2016 blasted ICC as a bunch of useless people”.