OR Tambo School of Leadership for Uganda

Friday, March 26, 2010

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma will officially open the OR Tambo School of Leadership in Uganda today as he wraps up his state visit.

The school used to be a refugee camp for hundreds of South African dissidents and exiles and hosted a military training camp for the rebel wing of the African National Congress in Kawaweta, Mubende District.

It was then upgraded into a school of leadership for senior police, prisons and military personnel.

Zuma hopes the school will become a living symbol of the deep sense of gratitude of the South African people to the Ugandan nation.

"It must also be a symbol of what President OR Tambo stood for - excellence, peace, harmony and justice all over the world," Zuma said during a state banquet.

Zuma said South African/Uganda political co-operation was exemplified by their work in negotiating peace in Burundi.

Zuma also called for mutual trade and investment among African nations saying it was the route to success.

"African countries need to trade more with one another. We must urge them and support them to ensure that the bonds of political solidarity translate into even stronger economic and trade ties which create decent jobs and improve the lives of our people," he said.