The President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency, Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has encouraged the youth to fight against pseudo ideology as a way of propelling unity, stability, and prosperity in the country. The President emphasized that the spreading of pseudo ideology has not only led to political insecurities among African countries but also resulted to economic backwardness due its negativities of sectarianism in tribe, religion and gender.
“The biggest problem that African countries are now and have been facing is pseudo ideology. Many African countries have relied on false information for their own interests and selfish motives and this has greatly affected Africa’s economy,” said the President.
Addressing the delegates at the Second Convention of the Great Lakes Students’ Union held on Saturday 7th June 2014, at Makerere University Main Hall under the theme: Towards a bright future: the role of the youth in propelling unity, peace and prosperity in the Great Lakes region, His Excellency, the President encouraged the youth to involve themselves in the struggle to cure Africa from the weakness of pseudo ideology as a way of curbing down other problems affecting Africa. President Museveni also advised the youth to engage and invest more in the agricultural sector because it is the major way of alleviating poverty in Uganda.
“Ugandans are agriculturalists, therefore our economic activity is farming. Let us invest in farming because it is the way we are going to gain and develop our nation. We should consider inter connections as a serious issue to create and widen the market for commodities. That is why more efforts have been made to create regional integrations such as the East African Community,” advised President Museveni to the keenly attentive audience. “My advice to you is to keep this integration of the Great Lakes region moving as the way of uplifting the leadership capabilities of the youth,” added the President.
President Museveni thanked the Patron of the Great Lakes Students Union, Gen. Elly Tumwine for helping the youth to take an upper hand in the matters concerning the region and Africa at large. His Excellency further encouraged the youth to consider symbiosis as a great factor in fighting the problem of parasitism.
The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu, Mrs. Elizabeth K. Gabona, Director Higher Education in the Ministry of Education and Sports, Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura among other dignitaries attended the Second Convention. At the same occasion, the Great Lakes Students’ Union (GLSU) presented the Lake Victoria Award to President Museveni, recognizing him for promoting peace, security and economic development in Africa.
The Chairperson of the Great Lakes Students’ Union, Mr. David Lewis thanked President Museveni, who launched the Union on Friday 12th July 2013 for accepting to officiate at the 2nd Convention on Saturday 7th June 2014. The Great Lakes Students’ Union comprises over 5000 past and present Student leaders from the Great Lakes region, and as such, the Second Convention consisted of participants from Universities in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Makerere University, Kyambogo University, Kampala International University, Cavendish University, Islamic University in Uganda, and Kampala University were some of the Uganda institutions that sent delegates to the Second GLSU Convention.