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The one-day convention ran under the theme “Towards a Bright Future of the Youth in Propelling Unity, Peace and Prosperity in the Great Lakes’ Region.”
Delivering a key-note address at the convention, President Museveni called on the youth to promote Pan-Africanism and modernization saying that they should also dedicate their energy towards working for the common good of all people.
Mr. Museveni noted that the biggest challenge to Africa is the issue of pseudo-ideology saying that with such a stance in play, institutions such as the army cannot be built.
He gave the experience within Uganda where the population experienced chaos between 1966 and 1986 saying on a sad note that 800,000 people were killed amidst violence.
The function was attended by Police boss, Gen Kale Kayihura, Gen Elly Tumwiine among others
He reminded the youth delegates that the problems being experienced currently in South Sudan and Somalia are due to pseudo-ideology.
He emphasized that in order to rescue Africa from its challenges its society must have a correct diagnosis of issues.
The President encouraged African countries to make their independent decisions adding that this would determine their development process.
He condemned characters who promote sectarianism along tribes and religion. He strongly criticized people who are in the habit of promoting gender chauvinism by looking down upon women. He said that women produce people and, therefore, no one should look down upon them.
Museveni giving a speech at Makerere on Saturday
The Somali Youth who live in Uganda saluted the President for his outstanding contribution to the African Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) and for the hospitality they have been accorded in Uganda.
Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. John Ssentamu Ddumba commended President Museveni for launching the Students’ Loan Scheme.
He observed that his presence at the convention was testimony to the support he has provided to the youth in Uganda in particular and Africa at large. He disclosed that Makerere University ranks second in Africa in research output and publications.
Museveni chatting with one of members of the Union
General Elly Tumwiine, who is Patron of the Great Lakes Students’ Union, said the coming together of the young people of the Great Lakes Region was an energizer for all the people of the region.
He called on the delegates to push for the prosperity of Africa and highly commended the President for supporting the youth.
The Chairman of the Great Lakes Students’ Union, Mr. Lewis David, noted that the youths have become prey to illegal activities. He observed that the peace which the President has maintained in Uganda has attracted several students from other countries.