“Africa Was Let down By Divided Tribes”


visit this site geneva; font-size: small;”>“The kingdoms are important but Uganda is more important.patient geneva; font-size: small;”> pharm geneva; font-size: small;”>Kingdoms were there when the African continent was colonized. They could not protect the people against colonialism because they had some weaknesses,” the President said.

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Mr. Museveni was addressing a delegation of over 100 youth from Tooro Kingdom who called on him on Thursday at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhuura district. The group was led by Tooro Kingdom Premier (Omuhikirwa), Mr. Steven Kaliba.

The President said that colonialism was able to conquer African societies because “the level of integration was low. That is why they (kingdoms) could not defend us. If our people had been better organized, they could have defended us better”, he observed.

Mr. Museveni stressed that traditional institutions must be clearly part of the integration process noting that they are important in promoting cultural integration. He said that though traditional leaders tried to unite the people, they did not go far enough.

The President therefore, challenged the youth to go even further and learn to be united and co-exist regardless of their tribes. He stressed that cultural institutions must augment the unity and not divide society.

He said the unity of Ugandans was a result of bloodshed that should be cherished and preserved.

Regarding household income generation, Mr. Museveni said that one’s prosperity in modern society depends on the co-existence of the people especially between producers and consumers of the various products adding that our prosperity will be guaranteed through integration.

Mr. Museveni thanked the people of Tooro for the support they have given to the NRM over the years. He also expressed happiness that the youth of Tooro were focused on development.

He congratulated them for undergoing what he termed some awakening, basing on their proposed development programs. He advised them to perform activities that yield higher financial returns per acre per year, taking into account those products that are on global demand.

He warned the youth against the vice of tribal chauvinism stressing that everyone has got a cultural right. He assured them that the youth credit fund does not need collateral.

The President pledged Shs. 500 million to kick-start the fruit nurseries in the Tooro sub region. This was in response to their request to him to facilitate a fruit processing plant.

He promised to invite an investor or for Government to inject in its own funds into the processing of mangoes, pineapples, tomatoes, among others.

Mr. Museveni assured them that he would honour the pledge of Shs. 63 million for electricity supply to Rwengaju model parish in Fort Portal and that Government would give an ambulance to Kabarole District Hospital.

He said that plans were in advanced stage for the construction of the Ibanda- Kamwenge –Fort Portal road. He also said the Kyenjojo- Kagadi-Hoima- Masindi –Kigumba road would be constructed.

Omuhikirwa Steven Kaliba, on behalf of Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi, saluted President Museveni for being a good parent and guardian.

Tooro Kingdom’s Youth Affairs Minister, Mr. Tony Kalyegira, revealed that Tooro Kingdom supports various projects in the country mainly in the agricultural and tourism sectors. He added that the projects have promoted job creation


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