President Museveni has called for the integration of the African continent as one of the ways to ensure a more vibrant and strong economic base and prosperity like China and the United States of America have been able to do.
He, however, stressed that Africa’s desired economic integration cannot be fully guaranteed unless the continent moves to grapple with challenges attendant to lack of strategic security.
“None of the Africa leaders was happy when Libya was attacked by the West and it could not defend itself,” Museveni said during a lecture to officers from the South African National Defence College at State House in Entebbe.
The group is on a one-week study tour to appreciate Uganda’s politics and the country’s geopolitics in the region on top of visiting some historical sites under the guidance of Brig. James Kinalwa, the UPDF Chief of Training and Recruitment.
Museveni emphasized the crucial need for the army leadership to understand views of political leaders on Africa.
“When we talk of issues about Africa, we are referring to the continent’s internal weaknesses that led to colonization by Europeans. This is why the African army should know that it is there for continental protection,” he stressed.
He reminded the delegation that the most crucial issue is to appreciate that Africa should never be colonised again.
The President emphasised that the missions of Africa and its people is their survival, regaining their freedom and independence like the ANC did in South Africa led by Nelson Mandela.
He observed that if the East African Federation were achieved, it would create a centre of gravity for the rest of Africa and serve to warn people that want to threaten Africa.
The Ugandans President stressed that the five crucial historical missions for the African continent and its people is survival in all aspects, total liberation, realization of economic prosperity, strategic security and heritage and fraternity for Africa.
The South Africa army team leader, Maj. Gen. L.K. Mbatha, applauded Museveni for the educative lecture on a topic of his choice.
“We shall impart the same knowledge to other people for the benefit of Africa’s development,” he said.