Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
4Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
H E THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH FOR EALA IN RWANDA.doc

H E THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH FOR EALA IN RWANDA.doc

Ratings: (0)|Views: 2,932|Likes:
Published by The New Vision
UGANDA PRESIDENT YOWERI MUSEVENI SPEECH AT EALA IN RWANDA
UGANDA PRESIDENT YOWERI MUSEVENI SPEECH AT EALA IN RWANDA

More info:

Categories:Types, Speeches
Published by: The New Vision on Apr 24, 2013
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as DOC, PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

04/24/2013

pdf

text

original

 
Right Honourable Speaker, EALA,Honourable Ministers of East Africa,Honourable EALA Members,Ladies and Gentlemen.I always like to start the issues of Africa in 1900. OurBanyankole people say:
“Kamara matsiko nka icumu ryaahanda” 
. This translates as: “When a spear thrust by theenemy injures your internal organs, then you know thatyour hope for survival is very limited”. In other words,injuring the internal organs of a person is a decisive blow,different from injuring the leg, arm, etc. I call 1900
Kamara matsiko
(the extinguisher of hope) because bythat year the whole of Africa had been colonized exceptfor Ethiopia. Why couldn’t Africa defend itself? Mainlybecause of internal weaknesses. The Africans are favoured by God and nature. They livein a land area which is 11.7 million square miles in size ─ bigger than USA, China, Brazil and Western Europecombined. This land is very well watered by powerfulRivers ─ the Nile, the Congo, the Zambezi, the Limpopoand the Niger. It contains vast Lakes: Nalubaale (L.
1
 
Victoria), Rutshuru – Butumbi (L. Edward), Masyooro (L.George), Kivu, Tanganyika, Nyasa, Turkana, etc. Africa’s1 billion people are divided into just four linguistic groups:the Niger-Congo (including the Bantu and the Kwagroups), the Nilo-Saharan (including the Nilotic and Nilo-Hamitic dialects), the Afro-Asiatic (Arabic and Amharic)and the Khoisan (so called bush men). Yet thereactionaries talk as if the African peoples are so dividedthat they cannot live together. Moreover, even the fourlinguistic groups mentioned above, are linked among oneanother. The Somalis, for instance, call a cow:
“Saa”.
 The Banyankore, Banyarwanda, Baganda, etc. use thatword
“saa” 
for cow-dung (
busa, amasha
, etc). Our Niloticpeople call water
“Pii”.
The Somalis call water
“Biyo”.
While the African peoples, therefore, are either similar orlinked, the pre-colonial chiefs preferred to keep themdivided into small tribal kingdoms, chiefdoms orsegmentary societies and those divisions are still beingpromoted by the reactionaries today. This was definitelyone of the causes for the colonization of Africa. Somepeople try to say that technology was the main cause forour colonization. I do not believe this. China and Japan
2
 
were backward technologically at that very time. TheEuropeans tried to colonize them but failed. EvenEthiopia could not be conquered by the Europeans. Why? They were not easy to swallow because of a higherdegree of political integration. Anyway, I always say thatthe defeat of the whole of Africa by 1900 was theultimate vote of no confidence in the pre-colonial feudalsystems of Africa.Africa regained her freedom. Why? It was because of three factors: the resistance of the African peoples, theemergence of the Socialist Bloc (Soviet Union and China)in 1917 and 1949 respectively and the two inter-imperialist wars of 1914-18 and 1939-45 that weakenedthe imperialist countries to our advantage. We had alsosurvived colonialism (unlike the Red-Indians, the Incasand the Aztecs of the Americas) because of our strongcivilization that had involved quite advanced agriculture. That is how we were able to survive the diseases broughtby the Europeans and Arabs ─ smallpox, jiggers, etc. Ourcattle, sheep, goats, chicken, etc. had inoculated usagainst those diseases that are called zoonotic diseases ─ diseases between man and animals. Therefore, the
3

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->