President Rupiah Banda has returned home after attending a two-day African Union (AU) Special Summit on Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on the Continent.
The Presidential Plane which carried Mr Banda and his entourage took off at Entebbe Airport at about 17 : 45 hours local time.
The President was seen off at the airport by Uganda Minister of State For Foreign Affairs and International Affairs Oryem Henry Okello. Zambia’s Deputy Ambassador to Tanzania Patrick Ngoma and other senior Government officials saw off the President after attending the land mark Summit.
Earlier, during today, President Banda in a vote of thanks addressed the official closing of the AU Summit held at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala where he described the meeting as a distinct success as evidenced by the signing of the Kampala Convention and Declaration for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons. The document is the first ever international instrument to cater for humanitarian needs of affected people. The President during the same meeting together with 16 other Heads of State and representatives of Government signed the convention. Yesterday, President Banda attended the official opening of the landmark Summit under the theme: ” African Union Addressing the Challenges Of Forced Internal Displacement.” On the same day, he also participated in closed door deliberations during which a number of issues relating to internal displacement were discussed. The President was accompanied to Uganda by Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Fashion Phiri and other senior Government officials. The Summit was preceded by a two-day extraordinary special session of Executive Council comprising Government Ministers who drafted the Kampala Convention and Declaration for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced people in Africa. The session officially opened on Monday and closed the following day.Rb