World apart: President Museveni and his African counterparts at the 32nd ordinary AU summit

President Museveni receiving his DR Congo counterpart, President Felix Tshisekedi in Addis Ababa at the margins of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the African Union. Photo(Internet)

Like the English idiom suggests, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. In this picture, President Museveni in a rain jacket, was receiving his DR Congo counterpart, President Felix Tshisekedi in Addis Ababa at the margins of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU). This picture portrays President Tshisekedi as a fast learner while his counterpart is stuck in the past or simply shows lack of respect. One may even wonder; was President Museveni putting on a bullet proof inside his own room?

Though in an apparently casual dress code, the new DRC President for his part was clad in ceremonial Ethiopian attire similar to that of the Host, Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy, the outgoing AU Chair, President Paul Kagame and the AUC Chairperson, Mussa Faki Mahamat, as per the picture below.  President Tshisekedi would fit better in this club of progresssive and visionary African Heads of State and Government.

Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy, the outgoing AU Chair, President Paul Kagame and the AUC Chairperson, Mussa Faki Mahamat.Photo(Internet).

This caption above from @KagutaMuseveniTwitter handle shows how he treats his peers differently. Whereas he appears in formal dress while accompanying @UKenyatta ‏ after bilateral discussions, he is in rain jacket while receiving Presidents Farmajo and Tshisekedi. As correctly put by @SaidIsak in his comment, this shows President Museveni’s lack of wisdom and carelessness.

All looking flamboyant, the above pictures captions where Presidents Kagame (who was relaxed and appeared to ease his counterpart), Ramaphosa, and El-Sisi received President Tshisekedi with enthusiasm, hospitality and respect, unlike President Museveni who appeared to demean him and President Farmaajo @M_Farmaajo.

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