The NRM chairman and President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni, has renewed his call for a united Africa as a tool to faster economic progress.
Speaking at a scientific celebration of the 35th NRM/A liberation Day at State House in Entebbe, Mr Museveni said that the new generation of leaders are making a mistake by disintergrating countries into small states.
The President who has championed the integration of the East African Community since the early 1990s, said his government will intensify the regional cooperation in this new term of office.
“In this kisanja (this term), one of the ideas is to intensify the East African Cooperation. If we do not do that, there is no way these African countries will be prosperous in a modern way,” Mr Museveni said.
The President said that while countries can rely on internal markets, the purchasing power of goods made in these countries expands when markets are opened up under regional and continental integrations.
He decried leaders that were turning Africa into what he called a Latin America, where small countries were formed with populations of about two million people.
Mr Museveni explained that the reason the US is a super power is because it brought together all the small former British colonies into one country.
He underscored Uganda’s economic growth which he attributed to infrastructural growth. “We are in a very good situation. The industrial sector is growing. But we need to solve the issue of the market,” Mr Museveni told his audience of about 50 government officials, religious leaders, political leaders and diplomats.