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I love Donald Trump says Ugandan President Museveni

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said he loves the United States President Donald Trump who was recently reported to have referred to Africa countries as “shithole”.

Addressing members of the East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) at its opening in Kampala on Tuesday, Mr Museveni said the US president was frank.

“I love Trump because he tells Africans frankly. I don’t know whether he’s misquoted or whatever. He talks to Africans frankly,” he said.

He said Africans need to solve their own problems through integration.

“You can’t survive if you are weak. It is the Africans’ fault that they are weak… that’s why we need East African integration.

“We are 12 times the size of India, but why are we not strong?” He posed.

The East African Community has six member states — Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan. Somalia is also seeking admission to the bloc.

Apology

Meanwhile, earlier Tuesday, the US ambassador to Uganda Ms Deborah Malac apologised over Mr Trump’s comments terming them insensitive.

“For people like me and many of my colleagues who have spent many years working in Africa, we have many relationships and friendships across the continent, [the comments] are obviously quite disturbing and upsetting…” Ms Malac told Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.

“…I can assure you that we remain engaged and committed to working not just in Uganda but in all the other countries that we work with on the continent and our programmes continue,” she added.

Ms Malac was responding to Ms Kadaga’s query about the comments attributed to Mr Trump.

President Trump, in a meeting with US lawmakers on January 18 is reported to have dismissed Haiti, El Salvador and Africa as “shithole countries” whose inhabitants are not desirable to immigrate to America. But Mr Trump later denied using the derogatory term saying that he only used “tough language”.

His remarks were criticised across the world with many African nations calling for his apology.

Uganda’s neighbour Kenya said it had no problem with Mr Trump’s comments since he did not necessarily direct them at the country.

Eala

The regional assembly began its plenary session in Kampala this week amid division over the election of the Speaker with Burundi refusing to recognise Rwanda’s Martin Ngoga as the new Speaker.

“In a nutshell, integration is about the future of our people,” Mr Museveni told the MPs, adding that “It’s not about positions. When I hear you quarrel about positions, I feel sorry.”

Nelson Wesonga The East African

Museveni Warns West Against Destabilising Africa

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.

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Activities of the governments of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda are illegal, Dixit Tanzania

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The 3 Ks of East Africa: From left: Kaguta of Uganda, Kagame of Rwanda, Kenyatta of Kenya

The Tanzania government on Monday renounced the activities of the governments of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, saying they are illegal. This is in response to growing concerns among the public that the activities being advanced by the three EAC member countries are isolating Tanzania.

In a statement issued by the ministry of East African Cooperation, the government said the ongoing talks between the three countries were against the EAC protocol. According to the government, the projects under deliberation by the new coalition, and which have received the blessing of presidents Uhuru Kenyatta, Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame, should have been endorsed first by all the EAC member countries.

The statement was issued by the ministry’s head of communication, Mr Vedastina Justinian. He said Tanzania’s official stand regarding the willingness of other countries to enter bi-lateral or tri-lateral arrangements needed consensus before implementation. “This is notwithstanding the fact that the coalition of the three countries in exclusion of Tanzania and Burundi is being run under their respective foreign affairs dockets and not through the EAC secretariat,” the official said.

Mr Justinian said the Kenyan, Rwandan and Ugandan leaders were in contravention of Article 7(1) (e) of the EAC protocol. “Even though this Article allows member countries to enter bi-lateral or tri-lateral agreements, it is a must that issues under consideration for implementation are fully agreed upon by all member countries,” read the statement. He reiterated that Tanzania would wait for a response from the EAC council of ministers over the activities of the three member countries following a protest it sent in August 31.

Chaste Gahunde

Source: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/World/Tanzania-government-protests–isolation–by-EA-nations/-/688340/2043104/-/14f8rjqz/-/index.html