Something very surprising: Museveni has been in power since 1986 and up to now he wants another term. He was referred to as a darling for the West. He was instrumental in attacking and destabilizing Rwanda in 1990, DR Congo in 1996 up to now. He did all this in the interests of the west against his own people, Africans. Now that he is realizing and condemning the west’s intent, can we say that he seems to have changed or he is being hypocrite as usual? Funny enough, he knows that factors preventing African countries from developing include ideological disorientation by the political elite and lack of democracy!!!
President Yoweri Museveni has advised African governments to be strong to prevent Western countries from intervening in their national and continental affairs.
President Museveni addressing Pan-African Parliament on occasion of the 10th Anniversary of its foundation, 18th March 2014, Midrand, South Africa:
According to the President’s Special Communications Assistant, Ms Sarah Kagingo, Mr Museveni said this on Tuesday during celebrations to mark 10 years of the Pan-African Parliament in Midrand, South Africa.
Mr Museveni said by being weak and under developed, Western powers were returning with a new wave of colonialism.
“You were weak and got colonized. Fortunately we survived and got our freedom again. We did not use our freedom to make ourselves stronger; now they have come back to start from where they stopped,” said a statement from the Pan-African Parliament.
“After independence we did not analyse why we had been colonized so that we quickly rectify the problems. We simply relaxed and enjoyed being in power forgetting that the lion cannot live with the lamb,” he said using the Biblical references on how the lamb would lay with the lion in heaven. The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) was established in March 2004, as one of the nine organs of the African Union.
It is intended to “provide a common platform for African peoples and their grass-roots organizations to be more involved in discussions and decision-making on the problems and challenges facing the continent.”
The Parliament is expected to evolve into an institution with full legislative powers, whose members are elected by universal adult suffrage, which awaits a decision from the African Union Heads of State Summit.
Uganda’s representatives to PAP are Onyango Kakoba (NRM, Buikwe North), Barumba Rusaniya (NRM, Kiruhura district), Amooti Otada (Ind., Kibanda), Jacqueline Amongin (NRM, Ngora district and Elijah Okupa (FDC, Kasilo).
Museveni was unhappy that Western countries had intervened in Libya, which, he said has never recovered, ignoring possible solutions proposed by the African Union (AU).
He said it was contemptuous of NATO to prevent a team of six presidents with the AU mandate to try and resolve the Libyan issue, from travelling to the country.
He said that although he was part of the named AU team, he was not on the fateful flight to Libya.
“African Presidents, on African soil, carrying out an African mission were ordered by NATO to go back (arguing) that they had not allowed them to land. This was contempt,” he said.
“I want to advise African governments, we should not tempt the greedy people, to come and colonise us by being weak. When you are weak, you tempt the greedy,” he said, adding that, “It is your fault to be weak, why would you allow yourself to be weak. Avoid making yourself so vulnerable.”
Museveni identified ten factors preventing African countries from developing including ideological disorientation by the political elite; attacking the private sector; inadequate infrastructure; underdevelopment of human resource, lack of education and health; small markets; lack of industrialisation, underdeveloped services, agriculture and lack of democracy.
The President of Saharawi Mohamed Abdelaziz, the President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and the former President of Ghana Jerry Rawlings also addressed the sitting, advocating for the granting of legislative powers to the Pan African Parliament.