Africa’s problem is leadership, Museveni tells envoys

STATE HOUSE, ENTEBBE: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has this afternoon (Monday) received credentials of six new Ambassadors and High Commissioners from Netherlands, Egypt, United States of America (USA), Japan, Saud Arabia and United Kingdom at a ceremony held at State House Entebbe.

The new Ambassador of Netherlands, H.E Mrs. Karin Boven conveyed personal greetings to the President from the King of Netherlands Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand.

President Museveni told the Ambassador of Netherlands that her country is rich country inspite of its size and the big population.

Netherlands is the biggest producer of milk in the whole world, producing 10 billion litters per year.

The two leaders pledged to work towards growing and expanding Ugandas’ milk production.

While receiving the credentials of the new Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, H.E Ashraf Mohamed Nabhan Swelam, President Museveni and the new envoy discussed the issue of the Nile water.

The Problem of Africa, the President said is not water or anything else but rather leadership.

He pointed out the danger is primitive Agriculture, which can easily endanger water bodies.

“Too many people in Agriculture is dangerous to the environment. Only 2% of people in US are in Agriculture but here its 70%. It’s a dangerous structure for environment,” he said.

The President has been encouraging people to promote industrialization.

The President called on the new envoy to invite Egyptian investors in Agriculture, e.g. in Fruit processing, Textile, electronic and machinery to invest in Uganda.

Ambassador Ashraf Mohamed Nabhan Swelam, conveyed regards to the President from President Al-Sisi of Egypt and said that President Al-Sisi trust his leadership.

“He wished you a safe and peaceful elections. Our President trusts your leadership,” Ambassador Mohamed Nabhan said.

Later, President Yoweri Museveni received credentials of the new Ambassador of United States of America (USA) to Uganda H.E Mrs. Natalie E. Brown.

The President assured the new ambassador that African countries are looking for freedom, mutual interest and cooperation between countries, adding that they don’t have opportunistic relationships.

He used the occasion to market Uganda’s fire fighting vehicle called “African Fire hitter” that was designed and made by the army using indigenous technology.

“We manufactured a vehicle which can fight fire. Its using our indigenous technology. I have been watching fires in California and Australia. I want to sell you this vehicle. It also fights locusts. Its land based, it can go in any terrain. Its unique,” he said.

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