President Yoweri Museveni has stated that the Regional Oversight Mechanism of Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework has not been effective in dealing with the mounting security challenges in the Great Lakes region.
The four causes for the heightened security danger, according to Museveni, are the imported bogus ideology of exclusion and the sectarian method of handling security in the region, lack of cooperation, insufficient infrastructure, and lack of social-economic reform.
Museveni also took satisfaction in being one of the most indigenous communities in the Great Lakes region, which he referred to as “ideological bankruptcy,” or the belief that the groups producing instability don’t belong there. He said this when speaking during the 10th Heads of State Summit.
“We have known the people who live in the Great Lakes from time immemorial. Those who dwell in the grasslands, mountains, and forests, but some have been pushing a phony exclusionary worldview. This is what caused major problems in Rwanda, Burundi, and other countries,” remarked Museveni, who is also the Summit’s outgoing chairman.
He went on to say that as a result of this, security issues have been mishandled, resulting in pain and displacement. “We have a lot of refugees.” There are 1.7 million refugees in Uganda. “These refugees are not from the moon, but from the Great Lakes Region, where insecurity and criminal groups have sparked attacks,” Museveni explained.
However, Museveni claims that the insurgent organizations in the region can all be vanquished based on what he has seen over the past 60 years.
“This problem of insecurity in Africa, which is escalating, can be overcome.” Mwalimu Nyerere (Tanzania), Kenneth Kaunda (Zambia), and others overcome larger challenges with the help of allied fighters from Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
In Southern Africa and Namibia, we were able to beat the Whites. How can we possibly fail to beat these apprehensive groups? That suggests something is missing, which our forefathers did and which we are not doing,” Museveni explained.
He went on to say that the African forces currently have greater capacity than Tanzania, Botswana, and Zambia did in 1974, when the Portuguese Army was defeated in Africa. He also praised DRC President Felix Tshisekedi for assisting in the fight against the Allied Democratic Forces – ADF rebels.
“I can assure you that if we work together, there is no security challenge in Africa that we cannot solve.” “I’m telling you this because I’m aware of it,” Museveni stated emphatically.
At the same meeting, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni turned over the leadership of the Mechanism to Tshisekedi, who congratulated Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame on the successful reopening of the Katuna-Gatuna border, which will allow for smoother trade in the region.
President Denis Sassou-Nguesso of the Republic of Congo Brazzaville, Ali Bongo Odimba of Gabon, Jose Eduardos Santos of Angola, Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, and Évariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi were among those in attendance.
Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Gabon, South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Zambia, Tanzania, and Uganda make up the Great Lakes Region.