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Other included President Eduardo dos Santos of Angola, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, the late John Garang of the Republic of South Sudan, President Salva Kiir of South Sudan, the late President Laurent Kabila of the DRC, Nelson Mandela and the late Oliver Tambo.
Museveni was speaking during the opening ceremony of the 4th International Conference on the Great Lakes’ Region Ordinary Summit at Common Wealth Resort, Munyonyo in Kampala.
For the first time in recent years, Museveni revealed his role in regional wars that have swept a good number of dictators out of power.
“The genocide in Rwanda was stopped by the people of Rwanda themselves assisted by those in East Africa. Peace in Sudan was the work of the people of Sudan and the region. Uganda was helped by the region to get rid of Idi Amin in 1979,” he said.
The President gave a rare insight into the historic linkages of the people of the Great Lakes’ region, pointing out that leaders fought together under the umbrella of Pan African Fighters for East, Central and Southern Africa.
He said the liberators met in Mwanza, Tanzania in 1958 and later in Addis Ababa in 1964.
Museveni noted African countries liberated themselves after independence in 1961 and 1964 citing Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Angola and South Africa.
He paid a special tribute to Nyerere as a special leader who actively joined in the struggle to liberate Uganda.
The President said that when the independence of the DRC was disrupted by the schemes of imperialists, the East African countries and Congo Brazzaville, took the correct stand by resisting those negative plans.
Museveni said Africa assisted the people of the DRC to get rid of the puppet regime of Mobutu.
He further noted apart from the political liberation, the region is faced with the challenge of democratization, free market policy and integration, which would be a good value addition to the independence of the countries in the region.
He appealed to member states to legislate against sexual-based gender violence and also discipline the army, police and other related agencies in order to curb the vice.
Presidents attending the session include Kenya’s Mwai Kibaki, of Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania), Pierre Nkurunzinza (Burundi) and the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, Dr. Al Haj Adam Yousuf. Among those in attendance are the First Ladies of Uganda and Zambia.
The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is represented by a delegation led by the Minister of Defence and Veterans Charles Mwamdo Simba. Others at the summit include the Chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission, Jean Ping.
The Summit is being held under the theme “United to Prevent, End Impunity and Provide Assistance to Victims of Sexual Gender Based Violence.”
The International Conference on the Great Lakes’ Region was formed in December 2006, mainly to ensure security, peace and stability in the region.
Museveni, now the new Chairman of the organization for the next 2 years, told the conference participants that in Uganda, the government disciplined the forces by ensuring zero tolerance to sexual violence, rape and murder by invoking the court martial, trying and summarily executing the offenders at the scene.
He, therefore, called on member states of the ICGLR to legislate against the vice as well as discipline the Army, Police and all related agencies.
He also cited the infrastructure, especially the transport sector involving mainly roads, railways and water transport, which should be woven around the countries of the Great Lakes’ Region.
He also urged member countries to work together in the form of inter-state co-operation to overcome some of the challenges and also to improve the per KW capita of electricity for the people of the region.
SATA SPEAKS OUT
The out-going Chairman and also the President of Zambia, Mr. Michael Sata, commended all countries that congratulated him and his Patriotic Front Party upon their elections victory recently.
Sata reported that the region has made remarkable progress in peace, stability and democratization. He regretted to note that the presence of some rebel groups in the region, like the LRA and Al Shabaab, who continue to commit atrocities such as defilement, rape and abductions, remain a great concern.
He expressed his optimism that the Great Lakes’ Region countries, will overcome these challenges as these nations strive to bring about peace, security and prosperity in the region.
Sata was confident that Museveni, will steer the organization to greater heights.
Addressing the conference, the AU Commission Chairperson, Mr. Jean Ping, said the AU is aware of the sexual gender based violence but assured the meeting that the Commission has worked hard to ensure that this is eliminated in areas where the AU forces are on the ground.
He added that the Commission, together with the Committee of Security of the AU has developed a manual for AU peace keepers.
The Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Dr. Asha Rose Migiro, assured the meeting that the line UN Agencies are working to help member States of the GLR to address the sexual gender based violence.
US STEPS IN
Ambassador Barrie Walkley, who the American Special Advisor on the Great Lakes’ Region, speaking on behalf of the United States of America and US Secretary of State Mrs. Hilary Clinton, announced that her government is in the course of next week launching the US National Action Plan on Women and Peace which is going to accelerate support for women as agents of peace and stability in countries affected by conflict.
The outgoing Executive Secretary of ICGLR, Ambassador Mulamula, reported that several milestones have been achieved during her tenure of office.
On his part, Acting Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Okello Oryem, expressed the need to wipe out and eliminate all activities committed by gangs like Kony and other groups in the region.