KIGALI - President Yoweri Museveni has said development of infrastructure that includes roads, electricity and railway in any country is of importance as it attracts investments and creates jobs for the youths.
He said this while closing a two-day Pan African Youth Conference at Serena International Hotel Conference in Kigali Rwanda Thursday.
Held under the theme “Beyond Liberation Movement Sharing Our future”, the conference attracted over a thousand youths from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Cameroon, Tunisia, Egypt and Zimbabwe, among others.
While addressing the group, Museveni said that currently the East African countries are working together to solve the problem of infrastructure and that once it is solved, it will create employment opportunities for the regional locals.
He added that improved infrastructure will as well create access to markets for locally-made produce.
‘The young must work with the old’
In order for any society to develop, Museveni said, it must undergo a process like in the biology of insects [metamorphosis] where they develop from egg to larvae and then to butterfly.
“’In the same way if the society is to remain healthy and developed it has to follow the same [metamorphosis].”
The Ugandan leader urged the youths in Africa to cooperate with the old (seniors) for the development of the continent.
“’The old must cooperate with the young and the young must cooperate with the old. You may be young physically but old [mature] psychologically if you have right ideas.’’
President Museveni told youth to cooperate with the old. PHOTO/PPU
On the wars and terrorist activities on the African continent, Museveni was categorical, talking of the existence of three main wars;
- a just war whose cause is always supported by the people
- a criminal war always started from within but with no reason, and
- a war of aggression using superior technology.
The president blamed the colonial rulers on what he described as colonial wars that were eventually defeated by the Africans.
“’If they wanted natural resources for trade they should have come to our traditional chiefs and do business rather than grabbing our resources.”
Museveni identified some of the bottlenecks that hindered African development as lack of human resource development where, according to him, Africans were not much educated during colonial times.
“Another strategic bottleneck is human resource development where our people were not educated during colonial times. But now Africans have taken education seriously in the area of scientific, technical and managerial skills and the skills of understanding society.”
On the African economy, President Museveni said that without markets to sell what is produced, the economy and business will not grow, adding that African leaders have formed COMESA and ECOWAS purposely to solve that.
The coordinator for the Pan African Youth Conference, Anne Mazimpaka, while giving the overview of the youth conference, hailed the African leaders for their consideration of youths in their national development programmes.