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Museveni lectures Botswana military students on ideology

President Yoweri Museveni has revealed that Uganda is now stable due to the consequence of ideological and philosophical shift in the country.

President Yoweri Museveni addressing the delegation

“The stability you are talking about is a consequence of the Ideological and philosophical shift here in Uganda, with the fact that we rejected the politics of identity and started advising our people about the politics of interest,” President Museveni said.

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The President made the assertion as he delivered a lecture of opportunity to a delegation of 31 military students and 15 staff members of Botswana Defence Command and Staff College at State House- Entebbe.

He explained that before the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government came to power 37 years ago, Uganda was turbulent and it had become a failed state. However due to the right ideology by the current government, the country managed to pick up and it's now peaceful and developing progressively.

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President Museveni appealed to the students to always promote politics of interest, saying that the ideology was very crucial for the prosperity of their country.

Right from Independence, we had a crisis of what is primary? What is important? Is it identity or interest? That's where the departure point was because some people have been saying that what is important in public management politics is identity; that means tribe, religion, race in some cases, even gender to some extent and you find people like in the case of Uganda here, they formed political parties based on identity,” Gen. Museveni disclosed.

The good thing is that some of us were part of those parties from 1960 but by 1965 we had become disillusioned and said no, what are you talking about? Why is identity so important? Because all these groups were talking about religions and tribes yet they have needs, they need food, they need shelter, jobs and wealth. Why don't you talk about their needs? Why do you talk about their identity? Are you not a false prophet? Are you not providing a pseudo ideology?” he wondered.

The head of the Delegation from Botswana Defence Command and Staff College, Col. Dumisani Bakang Ndzinge thanked President Museveni for sparing time to give them an insightful lecture.

He also commended the President for his visionary leadership that has led to the long-lasting stability and economic development in the country. The team was also accompanied by Professor Rebecca Lekoko, the Dean of the College, among others.

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