Opondo: Netanyahu wanted private visit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boards a plane

Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo says Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is expected to land at 1PM local time, will attend a small ceremony at Entebbe airport.

Benjamin Netanyahu initially wanted a private visit but President Museveni wrote to him and invited him officially.

“We expect a mini-summit at State House, Entebbe, involving seven African leaders. Focus will be: how do we combat terrorism?,” Opondo said on NBS television Monday morning.

According to Opondo, Netanyahu is arriving with 500 business executives.

“Uganda should be uplifted as an investment destination. All security measures are in place. The Israelis arrived a week ago. All invitations are out. We are ready.”


C130 Herculean plane that was used by Israelites during the hostage rescue mission


Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Zambian President Edgar Lungu and Tanzanian Foreign Minister Augustine Mahiga are expected in Uganda ahead of a summit with Netanyahu.

“Israel intends to return to Africa, just as Africa is returning to Israel,” Netanyahu told the Cabinet on Sunday.

Benjamin Netanyahu jets into Uganda today as he embarks on a five-day Africa tour, the first by an Israeli Prime Minister since 1994.

Upon arrival at Entebbe, he will take part in a ceremony to mark 40 years since the Entebbe raid.



His brother “Yoni” was among those killed when Israeli commandos raided Entebbe to free Israelis who had been taken hostages by Palestinian hijackers.

Unlike the case during previous high-profile visits, Entebbe Road will not be closed.

Mr Netanyahu is also expected to attend a summit with the leaders of seven African countries.

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