Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has attacked the western world for imposing on homosexuality on Africans saying that this is an act of intolerance and lack of respect.
“Tolerance is something I find missing in the Middle East and even in Europe and it causes a lot of problems. On every issue, somebody wants to impose his views on other people. You come to the issue of homosexuality, they want to impose it on you,” said Museveni.
Museveni was on Thursday addressing the Global Peace Leadership Conference at Commonwealth Resort, Munyonyo. He said that the mishandling of identity is a big mistake saying that every body’s identity should be respected.
In attendance was the First Vice President of South Sudan Taban Deng Gai, First Vice President for Burundi Gaston Sindimwo, former President of Zanzibar Dr Abeid Amani Karume and others.
The conference has attracted delegates from includes like Canada, United State of America, India, Korea, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Cameroon, and South Sudan among others under the theme, “Moral and innovative leadership: new models for sustainable peace and development.” It is organized by US-based interfaith NGO, the Global Peace Foundation.
Museveni noted four reasons which cause lack of peace such as intolerance and lack of respect of other people’s identities.
The other reasons cited are conflict between man and man, conflict between man and nature and weakness.
He said that most people do not want to want to live by honest labor but at the expense of others which deters peace to prevail.
“Some use knowledge of science to disadvantage others. Some people like to kill and these are cowards and selfish people. These are bad elements to human,” Museveni noted.
He gave an example of conflicts between Libya and Iraq having been caused by the Americans describing them as greedy.
He also said that the unending conflicts in Congo are caused by greed.
Museveni further advised Africans to avoid weakness saying it is another cause of conflict since it tempts greedy people to invade them.
In his statement read out by the Tanzania Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, President John Pombe Magufuli said that peace is an essential prerequisite for development.
He said that there cannot be peace where human rights are violated, discrimination and intolerance, injustice, marginalization, favouritism, poverty and hunger.
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa represented President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Conference noted that political disputes should not be allowed to define national agendas.