Museveni calls for african unity as uganda marks 57
President Museveni calls for unity among African countries to fight European bullies. Photo/Agency

As Uganda marks the 57 anniversary of its independence restoration on Wednesday, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni called for African unity in the wake of fighting European bullies

Speaking during Uganda’s 57 years of Independence celebrations under the theme: “Consolidation of Unity, Security, Freedom and Prosperity”, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni called for African unity saying, we (Africa) can fight off European and United States of America (USA) Bullies if African countries unite and forms a consolidated voice.

Every 9th of October, Uganda celebrates its Independence Day, and this year’s celebrations that happened yesterday Wednesday were held in Sironko District, according to president Museveni European countries and America take so much advantage of Africa, because most African countries are not independent.

Museveni noted that with African unity, the issue of being bullied by western countries will be ended.

“European countries have been putting sanctions on Zimbabwe because Zimbabwe is a small man, but when the US did it to China, China also put sanctions on them. When you have a problem where someone slaps you and can’t hit back, it is a big problem and that is what Zimbabwe has been facing,” said Museveni.

President Museveni adds that “When the US tried to put sanctions on China, they (China) did the same by putting counter-sanctions on the US and they have decided to negotiate.”

In his further communique, president Museveni asked African countries to unite and form a Continental Free Trade Area that will permit Africa to negotiate for fair prices for their good with other continents.

“You can’t sustainably produce if nobody is buying what you are producing. The Continental Free Trade Area will allow us to negotiate with USA, India, Asia countries and Russia for good prices. For small African countries that can’t stand on their own, the continental free trade area is our salvation,” Museveni said.

For Uganda to enhance economic development, according to Museveni, the country has to join the East African Political Federation to form a bigger market for the goods produced in the country.

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President Museveni awards Zimbabwe’s president, Emerson Mnangagwa as Uganda marks 57

And in the movement to end poverty in Uganda and achieve the middle-income status, Museveni advised Ugandans to stop subsistence production and instead adopt commercial production, both for home consumption and sale.

Zimbabwe’s president, Emerson Mnangagwa awarded as Uganda marks 57 years of Independence

Emerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe president yesterday was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa medal, during Uganda’s Independence Day celebrations that happened in Sironko District.

The medal Mnangagwa was honoured with, is a high-level civilian award given to heads of State and State leaders in Uganda.

The chairperson of the awards committee, Gen Ivan Koreta said Mnangagwa made tremendous contributions towards Zimbabwe’s independence and Africa in particular. He, however, considered him to be a peacemaker and a pacifier on the African Continent who deserved recognition.

Gen Koreta then ushered in President Museveni to decorate Mnangagwa with the medal.

Shortly after his decoration, Mnangagwa said that the medal is not for him as a person, but for Zimbabwe.

He adds that the medal represents the good relationship Uganda and Zimbabwe has.

“Your Excellency Gen. Yoweri Museveni, on behalf of my delegation and the people of Zimbabwe, I feel extremely humbled by the honour you have bestowed not on me, but my country.”

The Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa medal was instituted in 2005. It’s the rarest medal award given out with only seven individuals holding it.

These include; Dr Abiy Ahamed of Ethiopia, Aga Khan IV, Paul Kagame, Julius Nyerere, Jakaya Kikwete, Amando Guebuza of Mozambique and Theodore Obiang Guema.   

Mnangagwa also said that after Uganda gained its Independence from the colonialist, it inspired Zimbabwe to fight for their too.

“I am here to cement relations with Uganda because your Independence inspired us that it was possible to remove colonial powers from our country. We admire the progress and focus you are enjoying in unity and love, Mnangagwa said.

Mnangagwa adds that Zimbabwe would like to achieve what Uganda has achieved, since independence.

He, however, said they are working hard for Zimbabwe since the country is still transforming ever since the sanctions imposed 20 years ago, and always their survival since then is because of countries like Uganda which has always been there to help them when the need arises.

“We aspire to follow and achieve like you. Zimbabwe is a country in transition after sanctions for 20 years, but because of the support from our sister countries like Uganda, we are still surviving,” Mnangagwa added.