The President arrived at the N’Djamena International airport this afternoon and was received by H.E. President Idriss Deby Itno
President Yoweri Museveni has arrived in the Chadian capital N'Djamena on a two-day official visit during which he will also attend the swearing-in ceremony of President Idriss Deby to his fifth term in office.
The President arrived at the N’Djamena International airport this afternoon and was received by H.E. President Idriss Deby Itno and other Chadian Government officials.
The President arrived to a colorful welcoming ceremony during which officers and men of the Chadian army played the African Union Anthem before the President inspected a guard of honour mounted.
Over 15 Heads of State are expected to attend tomorrows inauguration ceremony including Benin’s' President Patrice Talon, Burkina Faso's Rock Mark Kabore, Ethiopia’s’ Hailemariam Desalegn, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and that of Equatorial Guinea Theodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogoamong others.
Later, as other Presidents were arriving and settling in, President Museveni, accompanied by Chads Minister for Petroleum, Mines and Energy, Hon. Djérassem Le Bémadjiel was flown by chopper to visit Chads Djarmaya Oil Refinery for a tour of the facilities.
He was accompanied by Uganda’s engineers; Irene Batebe the Principal Petroleum Engineer in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (Petroleum Directorate) and Refinery Engineer Benjamin Ariho. Chad became an oil-producing nation in 2003 with the completion of a $4bn (£2.6bn) pipeline linking its oilfields to terminals on the Atlantic coast.
President Debby and his party the Patriotic Movement of Salvation won a 5th term in elections held in April 2016.
He was re-elected in a first round vote in April with 61.5 percent of ballots cast against 12.8 percent for his nearest rival Saleh Kebzabo, according to official results.
Chad is seen as a relatively stable country in a volatile region with its troops involved in peacekeeping missions in the region.