The former Vice President of the Republic of Uganda, Dr Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe has joined the people of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in mourning the passing of their beloved President Mohamed Abdelaziz.
President Abdelaziz, aged 68, passed away on May 31, 2016 following illness.
He was buried in Bir Lahlou on June 4, 2016 in the presence of thousands of Sahrawi citizens who gathered along the funeral procession to pay tribute to the memory of their leader.
Upon return from Rwanda where she met President Paul Kagame over her bid for Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Wandira paid a courtesy visit to the Sahrawi Embassy in Kampala where the country’s flag still flies at half-mast.
Dr Wandira, who was accompanied by the Director for Regional Cooperation Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Rosette Nyirinkindi Katungye, paid her respects to the former leader and signed a condolence book.
“President Abdelaziz never lived his life as an individual. He led the struggle for liberation of his homeland. We share in the sorrow of the Sahrawi people and the Polisario Front. It is unfortunate that President Abdelaziz did not live to see the realization of the cause to which he dedicated his life,” Dr Wandira said.
The Sahrawi Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Habib Mahfud Boukhreis, said President Abdelaziz visited Uganda often.
“Every time President Yoweri Museveni invited him for an occasion, President Abdelaziz responded. He missed the inauguration of His Excellency Museveni due to illness. It is very kind of you to present condolences to our people. We are very grateful and I will inform our authorities,” H.E. Boukhreis told H.E. Wandira.