A united Africa is best mode of ensuring our prosperity – President Museveni

Thursday 27th November 2014
State House

President Yoweri Museveni has said that a united East Africa and Africa at large is the best mode of ensuring the prosperity of the people of Uganda.

“Integration is the channel to ensure our security. The youth have the task to find out how best to ensure our prosperity and security. If you are young and teaching tribalism, what use are you to society?” he asked. He, therefore, strongly advised the youth of Africa that they must sort the way forward for the future of the continent adding that the youth should use study groups to find solutions to Africa’s challenges.

The President made the remarks last evening at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel as chief guest where, as winner, he also received the Pan Africa Excellence Award at the Africa Leadership Awards 2014 ceremony. A number of individuals and entities were presented with awards in different fields.

The Vice-President, Mr. Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi, presented the award to the President in recognition of Mr. Museveni’s contribution towards the socio-economic transformation of Uganda, Africa and the world. The President’s personal contribution and participation in the liberation of Mozambique, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan and Somalia were also recognized by the Africa Leadership Awards.

President Museveni thanked the organizers for the award. He also commended the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Gender, Mr. Pius Bigirimana, for being a whistle blower against the thieves in the Office of the Prime Minister. Mr. Bigirimana was among the second category of winners. He also paid tribute to another winner, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy Kabagambe Kaliisa who emerged the best Civil Servant of the year 2014 and described him as a person who learns quickly. He noted that Mr. Kabagambe Kaliisa was among the pioneer Ugandans who used the knowledge they gained to discover oil in the country.

Mr. Museveni called on the young people to see the social and economic forces that are operating in Africa saying that there was need to see how best to assist the entrepreneurs to promote their businesses. He tasked the youth to promote business in Africa and noted that when businesses sell a lot, they expand and create more employment opportunities. He, therefore, called on them to work for the promotion of wealth creation through the production sector.

President Museveni said that the youth should work together to develop Africa saying that the continent is the richest area on earth. He appealed to them to become guided missiles in their varied contributions to wealth creation.

Other Award winners included Mioraj Bharot for being a leading entrepreneur. The other Engineer Chris Manyindo, Ambassador Francis Butagyira and General Elly Tumwine were winners in the second category

The award for construction was scooped by ROKO Construction Company; Mr. Andrew Mwenda took one for media while that one for Banking went to Mr. Nicholas Kkwi. The Tourism sector Award was taken by the Big Five Tourism Club while the Foods and Beverages Award went to Riham Group. The late James Mulwana took the Award for the latest legacy.

The Woman Achiever of the year 2014 was Ms. Allen Kagina. Mr. Godfrey Mutabazi received the Award for Communications; Mr. William Byaruhanga won the award for the young entrepreneur. The Health Award went to Case hospital.

The Team leader of Africa Leadership Awards, Mr. Denis Akampurira, saluted the President for his good leadership at both the national and international levels. He observed that Uganda has made tremendous progress in the fight against the HIV/AIDS scourge and Ebola fever. He observed that one of the reasons why Africa had lagged behind in terms of development was because of bad leadership.

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