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AMB. AMUGE OTENGO WAS WARMLY RECEIVED BY THE UGANDAN COMMUNITY IN ETHIOPIA AT A COLORFUL EVENT IN ADDIS ABABA ON SATURDAY, 18 NOVEMBER 2017

Monday, 20th November 2017
Amb. Amuge Otengo Rebecca, (C) in red, Amb. Rossette Nyirikindi (in blue) at a welcome party
Amb. Amuge Otengo Rebecca, who arrived in Addis Ababa in September 2017, was warmly received by the Ugandan Community in Ethiopia at a colorful  event held at her official residence on Saturday, 18 November 2017. The Trinity Event was also constituted a General Assembly of Ugandans in Ethiopia and a belated celebration of Uganda's 55th Independence Anniversary. Amb. Amuge Otengo is Uganda's new Envoy to Ethiopia and Djibouti with residence in Addis Ababa, and Permanente Representative to the African Union (AU), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
Amb. Idule Amoko, the Deputy Head of Mission at the Uganda Embassy in Addis Ababa underscored the good working relationship the Mission has continued to enjoy with the Ugandans in Ethiopia who are almost exclusively professionals working with regional and international organisations. He introduced Amb. Amuge Otengo to the Ugandan Community and wished her as successful tenure in Addis Ababa like her predecessor, Amb. Mull Katende, whom the same Community bid farewell in April 2017.
In her welcome remarks, the outgoing Chairperson of the Association of Ugandans in Ethiopia (AUE), Madam Sandra Adong Oder, said that the Community has been looking forwarding to receiving and working closely with Amb. Amuge Otengo since she was posted to Ethiopia to replace Amb. Mull Katende who worked well with the Community until his transfer to Washington D.C. The Ambassador of Uganda in Addis Ababa is also the Patron of the Ugandan Community in Ethiopia.
Amb. Amuge Otengo expressed her gratitude to meet a solid and cohesive Community of Ugandans in Ethiopia and pledged her commitment to work closely with them for national development through their ideas, innovations and remittances that support diverse social and economic causes at home. She noted that such events should continue to be supported so that through net-working, engagement and exchange of ideas, Uganda's image is promoted, protected and projected as a favourable destination for investments, tourism and trade in the region.
Besides Amb. Amuge Otengo and Amb. Idule Amoko, the event was attended by other Embassy officials, Brig. Sam Kiwanuka- Defence Advisor, Mr. Aryabaha Evans - Cousenellor, Mrs. Mary Namono Kibere - Second Secretary, and Ms. Anne ZZiwa - Administrative Attaché. Community Members come from diverse organisations including the AU, IGAD, UNECA, private sector and Universities where  a sizable number of Ugandans are currently studying especially in the field of Railway Engineering.
The Community of about 250 Ugandans also conducted a General Election to replace the outgoing Executive of the Association whose term of office lasts for one year. Captain Dr. James Kanagwa was elected to the post of Chairman of the Community to be deputized by Professor Sunday Okello Angoma. Captain Dr. James Kanagwa is the Country Representative of Eco Bank in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa, a pilot and an academic while Professor Sunday Okello is a senior lecturer at  Addis Ababa University, Institute for Peace and Security (IPSS).

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