Friday June 27 2014

Museveni blames Africa’s conflicts on tribalistic armies


Kampala- President Museveni has urged his African counterparts to denounce “pseudo-ideology of sectarianism” to end the spate of “unjust wars” plaguing the continent.

Addressing peers in his capacity as the new chairman of African Union’s Peace and Security Council, during the Council’s 10th anniversary in Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday, Mr Museveni said: “The ideology of sectarianism is a pseudo-ideology that is always pushed by parasites at the expense of the real interests of the people.”

Ordinary citizens, he said, aspire for improved personal security, welfare and safety of their property.

“The majority of these conflicts are conducted by ideologically deficient groups that are very indisciplined; hence, committing war-crimes killings of non-combatants, killing of prisoners of war, raping of women, abductions of civilians, sex slaves…,” the President said.

Mr Museveni’s government has consistently blamed government forces under Milton Obote for masterminding the bloodletting during that insurgency concentrated mainly in the Luwero Triangle.

After seizing power in 1986, the President said he established a “de-tribalised” army that has saved Uganda from relapsing into another bout of carnage, and strengthened the country’s hand to superintend regional security.

“The failure to build effective national armies is partly linked to this ideological mistake...,” he said.

Violence flared up in South Sudan in mid last December, regional neighbours are propping a fragile Somali army to keep a resurgent al Shabaab at bay while self-styled Boko Haram militants continue to undermine Nigeria’s security with grotesque attacks on civilians.

Mr Museveni said defeating insecurity in Africa should start with banishing the ideology of sectarianism and gender chauvinism.