TRIBALISM, regionalism and other forms of sectarianism portray a backward pre-industrial society, the President has said.
Addressing a Somali civil society organisation meeting at the Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe on Wednesday, Museveni said: â€œSectarianism can never achieve political causes, as the vice is used by opportunists for selfish goals.â€
According to a State House statement, Museveni said if tribalism or regionalism was a basis for unity, Somalis, who profess the same religion and speak the same language, would not have had the decade-long political crisis.
The President said the main challenge to Africa was underdevelopment. He told the delegates that development involved appreciation of each personâ€™s goals and services.
Museveni expressed concern about the suffering the Somalis had gone through and said leaders should work to bring about lasting peace.
â€œAll the people of Somalia should sit together and draw a roadmap for peace after the transitional period.â€
He assured them of Ugandaâ€™s support. â€œUganda does not regard its African brothers as refugees.â€
The chairperson of the Somali civil society organisations, Jabril Ibrah, thanked Uganda for contributing to a peace-keeping force in the war-torn country.
â€œWe have a long way to ensure that peace returns to Somalia but this first ever national meeting will help us foster this goal.â€
The three day meeting that started on Monday sought to unite Somalis to build consensus on how to contribute to the peace-making process in Somalia.
â€˜Tribalism is backwardâ€™ - Museveni