BY UGANDA VANGUARD
ENTEBBE – Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has called for the integration of the African for a more vibrant and strong economy sighting China and the United States of America (USA) as prosperous continents. He warned that Africa’s desired economic integration cannot be fully guaranteed unless the continent moves to grapple with challenges attendant to lack of strategic security.
“None of the Africa leaders was happy when Libya was attacked by the West and it could not defend itself,” he said.
The President was delivering a lecture to members of the visiting South African National Defence College who called on him Wednesday November 7th, 2019 at State House, Entebbe. They are on a one-week study tour to appreciate Uganda’s politics and the country’s geo-politics in the region on top of visiting some historical sites under the guidance of Brig. James Kinalwa who is UPDF’s Chief of Training and Recruitment.
He emphasized the crucial need for the Army leadership to understand views of political leaders on Africa.
“When we talk of issues about Africa, we are referring to the continent’s internal weaknesses, that led to colonization by Europeans. This is why the African Army should know that it is there for continental protection,” he stressed.
He reminded the delegation that the most crucial issue is to appreciate the fact that Africa should never be colonised again. He emphasised that the missions of Africa and its people is their survival, regaining their freedom and independence like the ANC did in South Africa led by Nelson Mandela.
Mr. Museveni observed that if the East African Federation were achieved, it would create a centre of gravity for the rest of Africa and serve to warn people that want to threaten Africa.
He stressed that the five crucial historical missions for the African continent and its people is survival in all aspects, total liberation, realization of economic prosperity, strategic security and heritage and fraternity for Africa.
South Africa Army team leader, Maj. Gen. L.K. Mbatha, thanked President Museveni for the educative lecture on a topic of his choice.
“We shall impart the same knowledge to other people for the benefit of Africa’s development,” he said.
Meanwhile in a related eventPresident Museveni has commended the good and strong relationship that exists between France and Uganda adding that the 2 countries can still do a lot more in terms of development.
“Since we came to Government in 1986, Uganda has been having good relationship with France,” he said.
The President was speaking during a meeting with the new French Ambassador to Uganda, Mr. Jules Armand Aniambossou, at State House, Entebbe. State Minister for Investments, Hon. Evelyn Anite, among others, attended the meeting.
Mr. Museveni urged the French Government to contribute more in the fight against terrorism adding that France and Uganda should cooperate in the development of space capacity so that Uganda is enabled to provide surveillance mechanisms around the country’s lakes for purposes of efficiency in the fishing sector.
Others sectors of development that the President and the envoy discussed included water transport, energy and education.
The French Envoy, on his part, reaffirmed the commitment of the French government to strengthen further the cooperation between the 2 countries especially in the economic sector.
He commended President Museveni for his commitment to the sector of investments in Uganda adding that it is very important for Uganda to work for the growth and expansion of the business opportunities in collaboration other key players.