Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has received Equatorial Guinea’s highest recognition and honour; the Great Collar of Independence Award. Equatorial Guinea President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo ‘bestowed’ the award upon Museveni on Friday evening at the Presidential Palace in Malabo. Museveni was rewarded for his outstanding contribution to the African cause.
The President is in Equatorial Guinea for a four-day state visit on the invitation of Obiang.
Museveni said his presence in Equatorial Guinea is to reaffirm the oneness of African people, who are either linked or similar.
“We should use this connectivity to build strength and prosperity,” Museveni said, adding that the Bantu people of Africa originated from this part of the world, the Cameroon area.
“While watching some of the cultural performers who were entertaining me, I noticed striking similarities with Ugandan performances. The long drums, the rhythms are very similar to those of the Rwenzori Mountains. Being in Equatorial Guinea is therefore linking up with our own brothers,” he added.
He said Africa’s only challenge now is shortage of infrastructure “to link us but the easiest way to start is through air transport and telephones.”
He added that Africa must solve the problem of the railway from the Indian Ocean to the centre of the continent.
“We can have rails from Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Doula to the centre,” he said.
Why Museveni is in Equatorial Guinea
“We are therefore in Equatorial Guinea for two things: looking at how to support prosperity of one another and how to push for our strategic security,” he said.
He thanked Equatorial Guinea for using its oil and gas very well.