Museveni: Sectarianism Fueling Political Violence In Africa


capsule geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>“Many of the conflicts are based on the pseudo ideology of sectarianism, site impregnated by gender chauvinism, ” the President reiterated on Wednesday while chairing the open session of the African Union Peace and Security Council held at Sipopo Conference Centre in Malabo Equatorial Guinea.

The President who was accompanied by the First Lady, Janet Museveni, opened the 10th Anniversary of the African Union Peace and Security Council with a message cautioning Africans against conflicts.

“As we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of setting of the African Union Peace and Security Council, we need to illuminate on the fundamental question; what causes conflicts and why are they so brutally conducted?” he wondered.

He further observed that banishing the ideology of sectarianism and gender chauvinism would act as the policeman of the mind.

“In the last 50 years I have observed conflicts; I have noted failure to distinguish between just and unjust wars,” warned Museveni as African leaders listened attentively.

Museveni, who led the NRA rebel group movement in a five-year struggle, was able to seize power in 1986 after toppling the governments of Milton Obote and the Okello Junta.

He also defeated the LRA and other rebel groups that copped up after the NRA took charge of Kampala.

However, Museveni had participated in several guerrilla movements in Mozambique, Angola and Tanzania.

Shortly after capturing power, Museveni backed the RPF rebel group which captured power in Rwanda in 1994 thus stopping the genocide.

He also provided logistical support to South Sudan in the war of independence that saw the black southern part of the country secede from the North under Dictator Omar Bashir.

Museveni also fought in the DRC war that overthrew Presidents Mobutu and Laurent Kabila. Still under Museveni, the Ugandan forces have fought the Al Shabaab in Somalia and LRA in the Central African Republic.

Boasting this experience, Museveni told the Summit of African leaders that, “Many of the unjust conflicts are based on the pseudo ideology of sectarianism impregnated by gender chauvinism.”

He emphasised that Africa must banish the ideology of sectarianism and gender chauvinism.

“This will act as the Policeman of the mind. We need to act on the policeman of tge mind before the policeman of the body,” he emphasized, according to the President’s Special Communications Assistant, Sarah Kagingo.

Some of the wars in Africa including Central African Republic, Somalia, DRC and Libya are mainly driven by sectarian motives.

At the same assembly, the Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete chaired the meeting of the committee of Heads of State and Government on Climate Change noting that Africa needs a clear position and direction as well as focused approach on climate change.

Ambassador Smail Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, welcomed Egypt to the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC).

Countries contributing resources to ACIRC include among others; Uganda, Angola, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa and Tanzania.


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