Entebbe – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s bodyguards fought with the security forces of his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on Sunday during an official state visit by Egypt President, leaked footage released on social media shows.
The short clip shows the Special Forces Commandoes who guard Mr. Museveni and his family battling with about 4 Egyptian presidential guards who attempted to enter State House armed, contrary to standard security practice.
Uganda hosted Egyptian President on Sunday at the State House in Entebbe.
Sources told The Ugandan newspaper that the Egyptian agents had showed up with members of the international press team that was accompanying Fattah El-Sisi, and on being frisked they were found with firearms.
“They identified themselves as El-Ssisi’s guards but they were told it was standard practice nobody enters State House with guns.”
A brief standoff between the two presidential guards preceded the calm and collected diplomatic engagement but Museveni’s guards stood their ground and disarmed their Egyptian counterparts.
It is customary for host countries to manage security of a foreign leader and it is unclear why guards of the Egyptian president yesterday felt the pressing need to take care of his security themselves.
In the melee, President Museveni’s guards outsmarted their Egyptian counterparts, blocking entry to those not authorised.
A top State House official who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter said that after the two presidents had entered the meeting room for bilateral talks on trade, river Nile use, agriculture and security and many of the the Egyptian delegates and security agents wanted to follow Gen. Museveni and Field Marshal Fattah El-Sisi inside immediately which the Ugandan officials could not allow.
President Museveni held talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi duding his one-day state visit.