Uganda Current Affairs - 2019

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64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference being held in Kampala

The 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference is being held in Kampala, the capital of Uganda from 22 to 29 September. An Indian parliamentary delegation led by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will be attending the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.

Indian Delegation at 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

The conference will also be attended by Indian delegation comprising of presiding officers and secretaries from state legislatures from India who are members of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). Assam Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami and Uttarakhand Speaker Prem Chand Aggarwal will also participate in the conference.

The delegation will also include Lok Sabha Secretary General Snehlata Shrivastava apart from Member of Parliaments including Roopa Ganguly, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, L. Hanumanthaiah and Aparajita Sarangi.

During conference around ten workshops will be held on various subjects, with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla being lead speaker in some of workshops. Indian parliamentary delegation will also interact with Indian diaspora during their stay in Uganda.

During the visit, Lok Sabha Speaker Birla will also be holding bilateral meetings with top leadership of Uganda and his counterparts from other commonwealth countries to discuss matters of mutual interest and parliamentary cooperation.

International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide

International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide was observed on 7th April on 7th April in memory of the victims of the genocide in Rwanda.

1994 Rwanda Genocide

1994 Rwanda Genocide was the genocide against the Tutsi community directed by members of the Hutu majority government during the 100-day period from 7 April to 15 July 1994.

About 85% of Rwandans were Hutus and the Tutsi minority has long dominated the country. In 1959, the Hutus overthrew the Tutsi monarchy and tens of thousands of Tutsis fled to neighbouring countries, including Uganda.

A group of these Tutsi exiles formed a rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). The RPF invaded Rwanda in 1990 and fighting continued until a 1993 peace deal was agreed.

On 6th April, a plane carrying then-President Juvenal Habyarimana, and his counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi both Hutus was shot down which killed everyone on board.

Hutu extremists blamed the RPF and immediately started a well-organised campaign of slaughter whereas the RPF said the plane had been shot down by Hutus to provide an excuse for the genocide.