President Kaguta Museveni and the Prime Minister of India Hon. Narendra Modi Wednesday morning addressed Members of Parliament in a special sitting chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.
The Speaker has informed the House that this is the first time a serving foreign Prime Minister is addressing the Parliament of Uganda.
“India is one of the largest destinations for medical tourism due to the high number of specialist doctors,” she said.
She added: “We have a caucus of India-Uganda in this House and we are just waiting for a signing of a memorandum of understanding with Lok Saab to have this operationalised.”
She encouraged the people in India to come and visit the source of the River Nile where the ashes of the late Mahatma Ghandi were splashed.
“We ask the government of India to build a convention centre and hotel at the site.”
Addressing the house, Museveni started by giving the history of Uganda emphasising that Uganda shares with India as a country and Indians in Uganda.
Museveni says Africa is so confusing to people outside it. “It looks so rich that people outside keep wondering why we are poor. The problem is Africa is facing a lot of problems.”
Turning to Modi, he said: “Your last colonisers, Britain, ruled the Indian sub-continent as one unit. This was an advantage to the Indian people. The portion that remained as India after independence was big enough to guarantee safety, prosperity and development.”
He wondered: “How can such a rich continent also be so poor? The issue is that these Africans had to battle so many problems. Fortunately, we started a movement called the NRM- our friends in the world should know that Africa’s marginalisation is over.”
Museveni assured Modi that India has a partner in the rising new Africa.