East Africa Small, Insecure - Museveni

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President Yoweri Museveni has rallied the East African legislators to fast tract the regional political federation saying the current political structure is not enough to guarantee strategic security.

President Yoweri Museveni has rallied the East African legislators to fast track the regional political federation saying the current political structure is not enough to guarantee strategic security.

While addressing members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in Kampala on Tuesday, Museveni argued that the 2011 attack on Libya happened because Africa is weak and insecure. 
 
"United States came and attacked Libya...Libya was messed up. Of course Gaddafi had his own problems but we had dealt with Gaddafi. I had fought Gaddafi twice, in 1972 and 1979. We fought Gaddafi with Tanzania," Museveni said.
 
Museveni says that the alliance of the region will be critical to strengthen nations against the powerful western countries.
 
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France and the United States armed and supported rebels that waged war against Muamar Gaddafi in February 2011. Gaddafi, then in power for almost 42 years, was toppled in August of the same year and captured and killed two months later on October 20.  
Museveni reminded the legislators that East African nations cannot be secure when they are small, saying that the modern world is a world of giants.
 
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EALA starts its sittings in Kampala today morning with first on its agenda the consideration of the Gender Equality and Development bill, Establishment of the East African Court of Justice, Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation and consideration of a number of reports from various committees.
 
President Museveni in particular commended the legislators for their move to end the cruel practice of female genital mutilation describing it as a criminal act.
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.