By Watchdog reporter
On Sunday, President Museveni hosted his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi at State House, Entebbe.
The leaders discussed issues ranging from agriculture to trade, security, anti-terrorism fight, use of the Nile, among others.
President El-Sisi also invited President Museveni for a reciprocal visit which the Ugandan leader accepted.
Our sources say there are two main things the two leaders discussed which are of interest to Egypt.
Sisi wants more waters flowing to Egypt from the River Nile. The Nile has historically been a lifeline to Egypt with much of its agriculture, transport, industry and tourism depends.
However, the Nile whose two sources are Uganda and Ethiopia are therefore strategic countries for Egypt’s survival.
Now Ethiopia has built electricity dams and wants to divert water from Blue Nile to its irrigation purposes, in the interest of its public and strategic purposes. The move is upsetting Egypt and actually risks war among the two countries.
The Blue Nile contributes more water that reaches Egypt.
Sisi however knows the absurdity of war with another country with political crisis at home, so, he must fast find a new source of water.
The White Nile which flows from Uganda through South Sudan, Sudan and then Egypt is the second alternative. However, the Ugandan leader has also been mounting several dams to tap into power.
Sisi wants to end that to allow more water flow uninterrupted.
Sisi has promised support to Uganda in exchange to the Nile water and of course, to work with Museveni to stabilize South Sudan where also much of the water from Uganda goes to waste in the Sudd wetland.
South Sudan has been an itching stone in Museveni and Uganda’s shoe and with Sisi on Museveni’s side, some powers that have been destabilizing Uganda’s biggest market, would be put in their place.