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Museveni pledges to support the Afro-Arab Youth Council’s works.


President Yoweri Museveni has pledged support to the Afro-Arab Youth Council to ensure they set up their International Headquarters in Ssisa- Nakawuka.

“As your Patron and chief fundraiser, I will write to member countries for contributions,” the President assured.

President Museveni made the remarks on Sunday while meeting a delegation from the Afro-Arab Youth Council at State Lodge at Nakasero.

The President also appealed to the members of the Afro-Arab Youth Council to promote politics of interest in order to maintain peace and stability among member countries. He added that, unlike politics of interest, the politics of identity which is mostly based on tribes and religions is counterproductive, diversionary, and at most times, it’s the cause of political instability in countries.

“As a powerful youth group, you should strengthen that idea and spread it,” he highlighted.

Museveni further revealed that in 1962, Uganda faced the same problem of identity whereby no political party could get a majority vote in elections because all of them had been formed based on religions and tribes but he noted that he was happy to note that Uganda managed to overcome the wrong Ideology because the country had enough time to debate and discuss on how to balance the right ideas.

“What is important is interest, not identity because Ideology is like medicine. When you look at a patient, you must diagnose his sickness, if you don’t get the correct diagnosis, there’s no way you can get a correct prescription,” he explained.

President Museveni further urged the youth to act as advocates and connect African and Arab countries to cooperate in areas of business.

In his remarks, Dr. Abdul Haddi Lahweeji the Afro-Arab Youth Council president informed President Museveni that as a youth organization, they aim at preserving the peace and Independence of member states as well as improve the lives of people socially and economically.

“This Council is the bridge between the Arab world and African countries, and we want African youth to know that the future of Africa is within their hands,” Dr. Haddi noted.

“Two-thirds of Arabs are in Africa and our major mission is the joint cooperation of the Afro-Arab people through you Your Excellency, we want to participate in the Arab-Africa summit that is going to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. As the Patron of the council, you are the voice of these youth in the Arab world and Africa and yesterday your message was very clear to the youth, it was about Education, skills development, Ideology, and good behavior,” he added.

Dr. Haddi further informed the President that they were designing a number of developmental programs with the Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development to support the youth and girl child in Uganda.

“We are also organizing a caravan where we are going to come and provide scholastic materials to the children because primary education is very important for the development of the country. We are coordinating businesspeople to provide about 50,000 school bags for school children in Uganda. In that caravan, we also plan to mobilize specialized doctors from different countries to carry out a medical camp.” He asserted.

The meeting was also attended by Dr Abbas Agaba, the Afro-Arab Youth Council Secretary General, Hon. Amina Hilmi, the Deputy Secretary General, Hon. Ebenezer Oyetakin, Chairperson of Audit and Advisory Committee, Hon.

Alfred Muzawake, Coordinator Southern Africa, Hon. Lisper Machoka, Coordinator Eastern Africa, Dr. Ibrahim Ssali, Moroccan Consulate in Uganda, Ms. Priscilla Manganyi, among other delegates.

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