The Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has called for a strong East African Federation in order to consolidate the historical ties between Uganda and Tanzania.
Rugunda was meeting the Tanzania Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda who had paid a courtesy call on him.
The meeting took place at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala.
The Tanzanian Premier was in the country to represent President Jakaya Kikwete at the opening of the International Centenary Jamboree at Kazi International Camping and Training Centre.
Uganda and Tanzania enjoy historical and cordial relations.
The bilateral relations have been enhanced further by the regular exchange of high level visits and senior officials to further cooperation in different fields.
Rugunda said that as founding members of the East African Community, Uganda and Tanzania were committed to the integration process of the region and continuously work together to advance the objectives and aspirations of the community, notwithstanding the challenges.
“Uganda is home to many Tanzanians. Let us consolidate the ties that our founding elders built,” he said.
He also hailed the Tanzanian Government for its contribution to Uganda’s liberation war against the Idi Amin regime.
He stressed the importance of strengthening the historical ties between the two countries through a strong East African Federation.
“We value and cherish the friendship existing between the two countries. We are now in an advanced information technology era which must be exploited to enhance mutual cooperation,” the premier stressed.
On his part, the Tanzania Premier Rt. Hon. Mizengo congratulated the Uganda Scouts movement upon celebrating the International Centenary Jamboree.
He informed Dr. Rugunda that Tanzania has over 800,000 scouts. “Government aims at reaching a one million scouts membership in the country,” he said.
He also briefed him about efforts so far taken to ensure that the general elections in Tanzania, due on 25th October 2015 are conducted peacefully.
He also wished good luck to Government and the people of Uganda, as the country prepares for general elections next year.
Others who attended the meeting included the Minister for General Duties Professor Tarsis Kabwegyere, State Minister for Northern Uganda Reconstruction Rebecca Otengo and State Minister for Gender Lukia Nakadama.