President Museveni has said that the invasion on Libya that led to the overthrow of Col Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi, was a total shame on all African states.
Museveni made the statements while presenting a report on political integration to fellow heads of state and governments at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The 12-paged report which he said were a summary of papers on Africa’s Economic and Political integration cast light on a possible united Africa since nothing makes us different from each other.
“The attack by the Western countries against Libya was a shame to Africa. That is why, therefore, for the 55 years, I have been in the footsteps of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere on the issue of the East African Federation (the political integration of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda). These people are specific groupings of the African peoples comprised of the Interlacustrine Bantus (the Bantus of the Lakes) and the Interlacustrine Nilotics, Interlacustrine Nilo-Hamitic and Interlacustrine Cushitic.”
Museveni also said he did not agree with the Late Gadaffi on a continental government but rather is for Nyerere’s strategy of forming strong regional federations.
“Political integration needs more intimacy. The people should either be similar or compatible. That is why I prefer Mwalimu Nyerere’s strategy of Regional Federations where feasible. Mzee Kwame Nkrumah preferred a continental Government, like Muammar Gaddafi,” he said.
“The African population is only divided into four linguistic groups. These are: Niger-Congo (Bantu and Kwa); the Nilo-Saharan (Hamitic, Nilotic and Nilo-Hamitic); the Afro-Asiatic (Arabic, Tigrinya and Amharic); and Khoisan (so called bushmen in Southern Africa). Therefore, the entirety of the African peoples are either similar or linked,” he added.
Museveni urged African leaders and intellectuals to look for way how Africans can immunize ourselves against any and all threats against our survival, our sovereignty, our security and our prosperity in our land.
“That is how we come to the two issues that we regard as crucial for our future. These are: political and economic integration of Africa. Our view is that African integration means three things: prosperity, security, and fraternity. We cannot guarantee our prosperity if we do not solve the issue of market.”