The Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has said it is high time African countries reviewed the political and cultural dynamics so as to end conflicts on the continent.
Rugunda made the remarks on Tuesday during the 3rd ministerial meeting of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crisis (ACIRC) at Serena Hotel, Kampala.
“We are aware of the continued insecurity and conflict that plagues our continent and we need to resolve them to forge total peace,” Dr.Rugunda said.
“Conflict is at our doorstep and this is the correct time to review the political and cultural dynamics which lead to various forms of conflict and war in the region.”
The Prime Minister said there is a need to align strategies to emerging conflict situations and scenarios like early warning systems.
Early this month, Uganda lost 12 UPDF soldiers who are part of the AMISOM peace keeping force who fell prey to Al Shabaab terrorists in Lower Shabelle region while on patrol.
Rugunda however reaffirmed Uganda’s commitment to advancing aspirations of the African continent in bringing about total peace and stability.
Smail Chergui, the African Union Commissioner for peace and security applauded President Yoweri Museveni’s efforts in bringing about peace and stability on the African continent.
He urged African countries to work towards finding lasting solutions to the problems facing the continent using internal resources other than seeking help from European countries and the US.
“We would like to send a message to all people that Africa is determined to find internal solutions to its problems and reduce dependency on international support, “Chergui said.
Among the key issues discussed during the 3 day ACIRC meeting in Kampala was the formation of the African standby force to tackle conflicts and problems.
Speaking to journalists separately, the State minister for defence, Col. Charles Engola said discussions and preparations are still on to have the force in place.
“As Africans, we must be prepared to have a mechanism of solving our issues before we ask for support from outside, “Col. Engola said.
“We are calling on all stakeholders to come on board so that the rapid response force can be put in place.”
The African Union currently relies on armies of individual countries for peace keeping missions on the continent.
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) relies mainly on Uganda, Kenya, Burundi and Ethiopia among other countries for troops to bring peace in the Horn of Africa nation.