On the pages of Parliament of Uganda its words are: “Korea-Uganda Parliaments agree to sign friendship pact” (Parliament.go.ug, 31.10.2014) if that isn’t telling the world something. Its sure is a secure sign. The second in command of Foreign affairs in the DPRK says: “The relationship between Uganda and North Korea is more than an ordinary diplomatic relationship. It is a special friendship built over the years by the relationship between the Presidents of the two states” (Parliament.go.ug, 31.10.2014).
Museveni says during a state dinner with North Korean counterparts that their new arrangement is “fighting imperialism” (…)”Not long ago, the world was divided among the colonizers and the colonized. North Korea, China, Sweden among others, were fully involved in the liberation struggle” (O’Carroll, 01.11.2014).
Just recently an agreement was signed by Minister of State for International Affairs Mr. Okello Oryem and the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – North Korea) Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Kung Suk Ung. This new deal settles for a every two years either in Pyongyang or Kampala. Mr. Okello Oryem states: “based on the ideals of independence, peace and friendship and make positive efforts toward the strengthening of cooperation in foreign affairs” (Ashaba, 01.11.2014).
Okello Oryem has stated other places this on the matter: “Uganda has an outstanding army in Africa, so thank you for your contribution towards building the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF)” (Worldbulletin.net, 01.11.2014).
Okelle Oryem has also stated about North Korea this: ““I will also advise him (Museveni) that we should stand by our friends (North Korea). We have always stood by our friends in the region on ICC. Go back with assurance that we shall stand by you” (Wandera, 01.11.2014).
If the free world isn’t listening to this and wondering what this is. Then you can also ask about the old deal that Zimbabwe had trained a special unit for Mister Robert Mugabe in the 90s. If that is still on the table I don’t know, but this deal sure brings money for military expertise. An the regime of North Korea can sure show how to oppress people and Ugandan government see that as a investment worth buying. Also trade information that is relevant for each other can be worth a lot. Considering the ties that Uganda has is well connected USA and also with Russia. Plays big in the AU’s AMISOM and armies in the South Sudan, but by this they are trying to be a bigger power-broker. President Museveni sure knows by now how to play his cards to his advantage. Let see how this plays out.
Ashaba, Anita – ‘Uganda, North Korea To Establish Consultative Committee To Tighten Relationship’ (01.11.2014) Link: http://news.ugo.co.ug/uganda-north-korea-establish-consultative-committee-tighten-relationship/
O’Carroll Chad – ‘Ugandan President hosts state dinner for N. Korean delegation’ (01.11.2014) Link: http://www.nknews.org/2014/11/ugandan-president-hosts-state-dinner-for-n-korean-delegation/
Parliament.go.ug – ‘Korea-Uganda Parliaments agree to sign friendship pact’ (31.10.2014) Link: http://www.parliament.go.ug/new/index.php/about-parliament/parliamentary-news/472-korea-uganda-parliaments-agree-to-sign-friendship-pact
Wandera, Steven- ‘N. Korea requests Uganda to oppose International Criminal Court resolution’ (01.11.2014) Link: http://www.nknews.org/2014/11/n-korea-requests-uganda-to-oppose-international-criminal-court-resolution/
World Bulletin – ‘Uganda, N. Korea ink cooperation deal’ (01.11.2014) Link: http://www.worldbulletin.net/economy/147511/uganda-n-korea-ink-cooperation-deal