Notable Pan-African speakers turned up for the “Africa Day” celebrations at Fairway Hotel organised by The Pan-African Pyramid and Levyn Africa.
Among them was John Ken Lukyamuzi, former MP Rubaga south and Conservative party president, who accused President Yoweri Museveni and his ruling NRM party of killing Pan-Africanism in Uganda.
“Museveni has no moral authority to talk about nationalism, Patriotism and Pan-Africanism. He has killed two generations,” Lukyamuzi said.
Miss Uganda 2016/2017, Leah Kagasa, who attended the event moderated by Andrew Irumba, called for girl-child emancipation and women empowerment.
Other speakers were; Goerge Alenyo, Advocate and author of ‘Tonny Blood’; David Kasuti, Administrator at Kyambogo University, South African based Ugandan Levyn African CEO Evelyn Bright among others.
David Mafabi, a senior private secretary to the president, represented the Pan-African movement Uganda chapter Chairman and NRM Vice C/M Eastern region, Capt Mike Mukula.
Speaking on the event, Mafabi saluted the Heroes, Heroines, and Martyrs of the African peoples’ liberation struggle, saying African liberation struggles are very much alive, and very much continually victorious.
“We, the African people are here. We are Egypt. We are Sudan. We are Nubia. We are Kush. We are Ethiopia. There is no book of antiquity in which we are not mentioned. We are the pre-history, history and future of humankind. We are humankind. We are Africa.”
He said Africa gave life to the planet Earth because millions of years ago human life started in Africa-the Nile Valley-hence Africa gave civilisation to the planet Earth.
“It gave humanity the use of fire a million and half to two million years ago. It is the home of the first tools, astronomy, jewelry, fishing, mathematics, crops, art, use of pigments, cutting and other pointed instruments and animal domestication,” he said, citing ancient Egyptian civilization.
Mafabi castigated imperialism, neo-colonialism and contemporary globalisation, mercantilist capital to imperialism, discussed globalisation and the crisis of the post-colonial African state:
In 2000, International Monetary Fund [IMF] identified four basic aspects of globalisation: trade and transactions, capital and investment movements, migration and movement of people, dissemination of knowledge and technology.
Mafabi also tackled regional integration saying it serves mainly three purposes; promoting the development of the integrating states.
“The idea is that the pooling of the human and material resources- with the attendant economies of scale – of integrating states, would accelerate their development.”
Secondly, he cited the building (and related to the immediately foregoing) the competitiveness of the integrating states in the global economy.
He furthered cited building strategic research capabilities, as well as consolidating collective defence and security with formidable militaries, advanced weaponry and delivery systems.
“Imposing good internal democratic behaviour on member states. The Constitutive Act of the African Union, in this connection, imposes certain extra-national and Pan Africanist standards of behaviour, with attendant sanctions,” he said.
The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of 6 Partner States: the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. Somalia should join next.
Mafabi says EAC is home to some 150 million citizens, of which 22% is urban population.
“With a land area of 1.82 million square kilometers and a combined Gross Domestic Product of US$ 150 billion (EAC Statistics for 2015), its realisation bears great strategic and geopolitical significance and prospects for the renewed and reinvigorated EAC.”