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Museveni says he talked to the presidents of Russia and China recently about EAC’s master plans of railways, electricity and roads.
He expresses optimism that the Presidents of these countries would give a helping hand.
Museveni urges EALA members to take their work seriously and also step up sensitization campaigns “because in the meantime EALA doesn’t have all the powers of a parliament.”
He further notes that several countries such India, China, Indonesia, Brazil are strong interested in partnerships with Africa.
“But they say Africa has potential but it is weak and has with internal weaknesses. When Africa is weak, it attempts the greedy. Why should Africa continue to be weak?” he wonders, adding, “Africans should not continue to hide behind the colonialism experience we went through.”
The President relays figures showing Indonesia’s GDP of $1trillion as a single country is almost 3 times that of EAC of $79bn.
He further castigates EALA members for watching “a lot of European football instead of reading history about colonization.”
4:30pm: Museveni speaks out on bottlenecks blocking Africa’s growth, saying as a region, East Africa has decided to develop human resource and integrating regional markets.
“We shall either solve the identified bottlenecks ourselves or with the help of partners,” he adds.
He ridicules civil servants who never think beyond their office, expressing shock that even officials in energy ministries lack knowledge on energy issues.
“We have now identified these bottlenecks and nobody can divert me anymore! It’s like the whole of Africa is sleeping. Ministers see one bulb and think that is electricity,” he notes.
Museveni observes that the only two countries with a sizable amount of electricity in Africa are South Africa and Libya under Gaddafi “before he was killed by Europeans.”
He wonders: How can Belgium which is as big as Karamoja district manage to colonize Congo? The small European countries managed to colonise Africa because they were aggressive, organized, arrogant and greedy.”
4:05pm: Museveni: We have so far tackled 2 bottlenecks – developed human resource and integrated regional market.
I once asked the electricity commissioner, “Are you a commissioner for darkness?
I am happy we’ve identified bottlenecks. A ministry with 1 bulb thought they had electricity
Museveni lists top energy producers in Africa – South Africa and Libya before Europeans killed Gaddafi
He says undeveloped human resource, lack of industrialization and small internal market facilitated colonialism.
How was Africa colonized? Why didn’t ancestors not defeat invaders?
Imagine Belgium which is a small as Karamoja colonising Congo. This is not good history?
Museveni says small but organised European countries which were arrogant and greedy managed to colonized Africa.
3:48pm: Museveni takes to the podium
Kadaga speaking: She says EAC will facilitate movement of capital and enhance political stability.
She also encourages EALA to work towards removal of non tariff barriers for the good of trade in the region.
Kadaga speaking: “We look forward to final integration of EAC which will lead to bigger market for goods and services.”
Uganda Parliament Speaker Kadaga concludes speech by welcoming EALA members to Uganda.
President Yoweri Museveni has Wednesday arrived at Parliament Buildings in Kampala where he is expected to address the East African Legislative Assembly.
Parliament is hosting sittings of the 6th Meeting of the 1st Session of the 3rd East African Legislative Assembly.
The Meeting which commenced last week is chaired by the Speaker of the EALA, Hon. Margaret Nantongo Zziwa. The sittings are being held in the Parliament Chamber.
Hon. Zziwa recently said “EALA appreciates the wise and able leadership of H.E President Yoweri Museveni in steering Uganda to greater heights and for the significant contribution he is making at the EAC both as a Member and as the current Chair of the Summit of EAC Heads of State.”
EALA meets on a rotational basis in the EAC Partner States of Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
In this meeting, the regional assembly is considering and debating Museveni’s address in Kigali, Rwanda on June 5, 2013.
Hon. Zziwa said that after the Sitting, EALA shall convene the 7th Inter-Parliamentary Relations Seminar, commonly referred to as the Nanyuki Series starting June 7 – 9, 2013 under the theme Promoting a People-Centred and Market-Driven East Africa.
Museveni’s full speech will be posted soon