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Museveni: Gadaffi’s one Africa dream was wrong

President Museveni at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa last week

President Museveni has told a meeting in the UK why he never supported former Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi’s push for African federation.

“I did not believe in the federation of the whole of Africa that the late Muammar Gaddaffi sought because the whole continent does not have sufficient compatibilities,” Museveni said in a speech read on his behalf by army chief political commissar, Brigadier Henry Masiko.

This was at a summit on Africa hosted at the University of Warwick, Coventry on January 26-28. Gadaffi was a strong advocate of one Africa. At the time of his death, he was mobilising support for the idea amongst African leaders.

Instead, Museveni said, regional federations should be looked at as a more acceptable option.

“Having suffered for 500 years, the African people are entitled to a strong shield to insure their future,” he said.

The president, who at the time of the summit was attending an AU meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, said Uganda regarded groups which advocate identity politics as working against the prosperity of citizens.

“Since the internal market of Uganda is not enough to support our prosperity, we tell our people that our future lies in an integrated East Africa and African markets,”  he said, adding, “Because economic integration creates a bigger market and more opportunities.”

Museveni also said he regarded human resource more important than natural resources.

“It is on account of the fact that human resource is creative, conscious and also consumes goods and services while the natural resources are inert unless they are worked on by the very human resource,” he said.

He said African countries are now even more vulnerable with the Americans talking about “superiority on land, in the air, at sea and in space”.

This leaves Africa nowhere, he said. Museveni wondered how Africans can survive as free people, if we survive at all, only with the permission of others. He said Africa’s elite populations are making the same mistake as the African chiefs who failed to unite people for decades as Europeans took over the whole continent.

amwesigwa@observer.ug

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+4 #1 Odongkara 2018-02-01 15:45
Blabkabla! The head of a sh*tho** country talking garbage!
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+1 #2 Stewart 2018-02-01 17:24
“It is on account of the fact that human resource is creative, conscious and also consumes goods and services while the natural resources are inert unless they are worked on by the very human resource,” he said.

Yes, as creative and conscious like Kittata and Sobi
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+4 #3 Lysol 2018-02-02 02:06
Museveni is being an hypocrite and contradicting himself here as usual.

The rivalry between Gaddafi and Museveni was an open issue regarding the formation of the so called United States of Africa.

Gaddafi who had the money and the resources, wanted it immediately, but Museveni with only. political ambition wanted to be it's first president.

That was why he preferred the gradual integration. The irony is, Gaddafi died with his dreams.

Museveni is playing the same game with the East Africa Community Integration right now. Many East Africans belief that there is an hidden agenda with the current East African integrations push by Museveni.

It looks more like something which was not accomplished through the DRC war and also the South Sudan.

This sends a sinister massage to the rest of the people of the region, that Museveni and his cronies are trying to create some kind of an empire in the region based on his belief. Museveni excels in fooling the world, but for how long?
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+4 #4 kabayekka 2018-02-02 15:10
This seems to be an African political scientist, and a self-styled African leader, who wishes to live on for another 500 years on the African continent!

As he grapples with owning ultimate power the man is dreaming much.
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0 #5 Lakwena 2018-02-02 17:34
Quoting Lysol:
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Museveni is playing the same game with the East Africa Community Integration right now. Many East Africans belief that there is an hidden agenda with the current East African integrations push by Museveni.

It looks more like something which was not accomplished through the DRC war and also the South Sudan.

This sends a sinister massage to the rest of the people of the region, that Museveni and his cronies are trying to create some kind of an empire in the region based on his belief. Museveni excels in fooling the world, but for how long?


But Lysol, the DR Congo agenda as part of M7's conspiracy is not yet over. Hence the Kabila foot-dragging in exiting State House.
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+1 #6 Zaitun 2018-02-03 15:47
Since when can a mad man be taken seriously? This man has psychological problems driving him to be above everyone.

He wants to be seen the big ma of Uganda, of East Africa, of Southern and Eastern Africa and of Africa as far his illogical thinking is concerned.
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0 #7 DR 2018-02-03 21:36
No need to wash clean in the eyes of the west just because of the fear of what was done to Gadaffi when he started pushing for African Unity or one Africa!

When your days become too many meddling in everyone's affairs, you start to anticipate trouble and this guy is already at that point. Just go home more!

The the west will not come after you with the big guns! Remember you now are insulting the west due to your oil drilling deals!!
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