OCTOBER 20, 2010: Museveni Lauds Kinshasa on Combatting Rebels

Museveni Lauds Kinshasa on Combatting Rebels

SOURCE: New Vision

President Yoweri Museveni has commended the role played by the Democratic Republic of Congo in wiping out Kony rebels from Garamba and ensuring that peace returns to the region.

He also hailed the prevailing good relations between Uganda and Congo. The President was speaking on Tuesday during celebrations to mark the 43rd coronation anniversary of the Omusinga of Rwenzururu, Iremangoma Charles Wesley Mumbere, at the Kasese Golf Course in Kasese town.

The function attracted over 200 Congolese delegates led by the country's ambassador to Uganda, Crispin Muyet. On the issue of regional integration, the President said the Government is promoting the East African Community because of the big market for Uganda's products.

He called on leaders to support the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa in order to fully exploit opportunities available for the people of the region. Museveni disclosed that the construction of Kasese Airport would start next year, adding that 90% of the people affected by the project had been compensated.

This followed several demands by district leaders that the Government expedites the upgrading of the airport to boost the district's economy and create employment opportunities.

He also disclosed that he would convene a conference for all the cultural leaders in the country to harmonise their operations with those of the Government.

The President observed that since the restoration of kingdoms in Uganda, such a conference had never been held which, he said, is important for the development of the nation.

"Cultural leaders should, in the meantime, focus on reviving their cultures by encouraging people to love their languages that were destroyed by colonialism," the President said.

Museveni commended the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu for strengthening the relationship between Uganda and eastern Congo.

He urged the leaders to emphasise the importance of integration, saying the future of regional integration was vital for the socio-economic progress of Africa.

He promised to promote dialogue between the kingdom and the tourism ministry to see how they can access their cultural site in the Rwenzori. This followed demands by the kingdom prime minister that residents had been denied access to the site.

However, Museveni added that it was necessary to gazette national parks in order to protect them. Museveni commended the Congolese for maintaining good relations with the people of the Rwenzori region.

Mumbere thanked Museveni for honouring the promises he made last year of giving the kingdom two vehicles and 25 scholarships.

He said he will appoint a language board comprising of Congolese and Ugandans to draft dictionaries in Lukonzo and Lwamba.

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