The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has called for a review of the political and cultural dynamics which lead to various forms of conflict and war in Africa. He said strategies should be realigned to emerging conflict situations including enhancing early warning systems.
The Premier made the remarks during the opening of the 3rd Ministerial meeting of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crisis (ACIRC), held under the theme “African Solutions to African Problems”. The function took place at Serena Hotel in Kampala.
He observed that conflicts in Africa were a big concern in the region as thousands of civilians continue to die. Dr Rugunda hailed the progress made by the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crisis Volunteer Nations, in the quest for peace, security and stability in Africa. ‘Such efforts will create a conducive environment for the advancement of Africa,’ he said adding, ‘We are all aware of the continued insecurity and conflict in South Sudan and in Somalia. However, despite all this, our resolve as a region to forge peace remains total.”
The Premier noted that the meeting was timely coming at a time when Uganda has just lost its soldiers in a barbaric attack on AMISON peace keepers, which occurred in Somalia on 30th July 2017. He said there is need to salute the gallant soldiers who died on duty trying to bring about peace and security on the continent. “I would like to assure our people and the continent that our gallant soldiers did not die in vain. We reaffirm our commitment to advance aspirations of the African capacity for Immediate Response.’
He urged Africans to support the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crisis Volunteer nations, by granting them the necessary cooperation needed to deal with insecurity on the continent.
The African Union Commissioner for peace and security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, commended President Museveni for his visionary leadership and struggle to maintain peace and security in Africa. He noted that African problems can only be solved by Africans and therefore called upon Africans to mobilize resources to enhance peace and security in the region.
BY DOREEN NASASIRA