National
Museveni faults foreigners on regional conflicts
Publish Date: Jan 21, 2014
Museveni faults foreigners on regional conflicts
President Museveni addresses the house while EALA Speaker Margaret Zziwa looks on. Photo by Enock Kakande
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Cyprian Musoke and Joyce Namutebi

PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has blamed the conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan on selfish and opportunistic politicians, who take advantage of weak state structures.

He also blamed the problem on meddling by foreigners. 

President Museveni was opening the 4th meeting of the 2nd session of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in Kampala on Tuesday.

Stressing the need for the region to unite and ease trade among its people, Museveni said politicians who fan tribal and religious acrimony are sabotaging their people’s prosperity since the people depend on each other. He said such opportunists must be exposed through ideological orientation.

“Peace and integration are a sine qua non for development. South Sudan had started settling, but now there are challenges, so is Congo, Central African Republic and Somalia. These are fuelled mainly by ideological mistakes,” he said.

He urged the EALA to organise seminars to “dissect this rubbish of so-called conflicts based on tribes and religion”.

“They are based on that ideological mistake. When there was conflict in South Sudan, so many Ugandans, Kenyans, Ethiopians and Eritreans were there. If tribe is important, what were they doing there because their tribes are not there? They were looking for wealth. So, this thing should be exposed ideologically,” he added.

He castigated western diplomats, who interfere by taking sides, thus creating confusion.

“Even these foreigners invite them at their embassies and give them tea. Tell them to go away because they have nothing useful to add,” he said.

Another cause of instability, he said, is indiscipline on part of some of the political actors.

“Even if you are fighting a war, why should you rape women? Whether you are a rebel or in government, raping women, looting, killing noncombatants is wrong. These are crimes against humanity. I am glad that in East Africa we have strong structures. We wish those structures can also extend to Congo, South Sudan and Somalia,” he said.

On the development of infrastructure in the region, Museveni said Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete will be spearheading the drive for infrastructure development for the central corridor and that they had agreed on reducing the cost of doing business between the Port of Dar-esalaam and Lake Victoria.

He outlined the decisions and gains made in the northern corridor, including implementing the non-tariff barriers that have reduced the number of days for moving goods from Mombasa to Kampala from 18 to between three and four and for Kigali from 22 to six days.

He also said the single tourist visa had been implemented and will cost $100 a ticket, to be shared among the region.

Museveni also said plans are underway to start the construction of the standard railway gauge line from Mombasa to Malaba, Malaba to Nimule and from Malaba–Kampala-Kabale to Katuna in Rwanda.

Responding to issues raised by the EALA speaker Margaret Zziwa, the President said civil servants had sabotaged the Soroti Flying School by underpaying instructors. 

He said he had directed that their pay be raised to that of private airlines. He welcomed the idea of the school being taken over by the EAC.

In her remarks, Zziwa acknowledged President Museveni’s contribution towards ensuring that peace and security are maintained at the EAC and the ICGLR regions.

“We fully support all your initiatives to deploy forces to conflict-prone zones to ensure peace is maintained. The recent deployment of UPDF in Juba, South Sudan is timely since this was part of the agreement during the Nairobi IGAD talks, but more fundamentally because Uganda has an obligation to stop the conflict from degenerating any further,” she said.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Tourism 10-year plan for September
The tourism plan, a document that will lay out the industry’s operational blueprint for the next decade, will be launched on September 27....
Museveni, Kenyatta and Kiir meet in Kampala
President Yoweri Museveni and his counterparts Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Salva Kiir of South Sudan have held a consultative meeting at State House, Nakasero....
Liberia
EVERY region of Liberia has now been hit by Ebola as the World Health Organization warned the fight against the worst-ever outbreak of the killer disease would take months...
Cop kills one officer, injures three others
A police officer was killed in Nebbi and three others injured after a Special Police Constable (SPC) opened fire at them before taking his own life...
Mbabazi tips young ICT innovators
PRIME Minister Amama Mbabazi has urged young innovators to embrace intellectual rights protection to keep canny people from bamboozling their ideas...
Museveni, Kiir discuss South Sudan conflict
PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni met and held a consultative meeting with President Salva Kiir of South Sudan at State House Entebbe...
Will strict traffic laws reduce road accidents?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter