Ugandan Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has visited the Giza Pyramids as part of his trip to Egypt where he is scheduled to meet President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.
Gen Kainerugaba and his visiting Ugandan delegation also toured the Great Sphinx of Giza, commonly referred to as the Sphinx of Giza, Great Sphinx or just the Sphinx. The Sphinx is a limestone statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature with the head of a human, and the body of a lion.
The pyramids and the Sphinx are located in Giza, an Egyptian city on the west bank of the Nile, near Cairo. The pyramids have attracted several world leaders including former US president Barrack Obama and France's Nicholas Sarkoszy among others.
On his guided tour, Gen Kainerugaba was in the company of Egyptian Defence Attaché to Uganda Brig Hany Hassanin and the Ugandan Defence Attaché to Egypt, Brig Metland Bitumbika was also present among others.
From the Giza pyramids, Gen Kainerugaba toured the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC), a large museum in the ancient city of Fustat, now part of Cairo, Egypt.
The NMEC presents a range of the richness and diversity of Egyptian civilization throughout the ages, from prehistoric times to the present day.
The museum’s collection includes the royal mummies, which are exhibited in an interactive display using technology to reveal their secrets, in addition to shedding light on the rituals and religious beliefs surrounding mummification in ancient Egypt. Mummification is the process of preserving the body after death by deliberately drying or embalming flesh. This involved removing moisture from a deceased body and using chemicals or natural preservatives, such as resin, to desiccate the flesh and organs.
Gen Kainerugaba who is also the Commander Land Forces of the Uganda People's Defence Forces also checked out the Cairo Tower, a free-standing concrete tower in the Egyptian Capital. At 187 m, it is the tallest structure in Egypt and North Africa. It was the tallest structure in Africa for ten years until 1971, when it was surpassed by Hillbrow Tower in South Africa.
As part of his trip, Gen Kainerugaba is scheduled to meet the Egyptian President, Gen Al-Sisi.