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STATEMENT BY H.E. YOWERI KAGUTA MUSEVENI PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA ON SOMALIA CONFERENCE

Friday, 12th May 2017
President Yoweri Museveni addresses the London Conference on Somalia at Lancaster House in London as United States Defence Secretary James Mattis (R) looks on.

Excellencies Heads of State and Government;

Distinguished Heads of Delegations;

Ladies and Gentlemen.

Uganda was the pioneer troop contributing country with the leading elements of our first contingent landing in Mogadishu on the 6th of March, 2007.

Many observers were convinced that our effort was hopeless, if not suicidal.  We were, however, confident of the correctness and feasibility of our decision.  This was due to our knowledge of the African peoples, those people that have inhabited this area for the last 4 million years.

Many of the African societies live symbiotically with one another, utilizing their diversity for mutual benefit. Bigotry, which seems to characterize some societies in the world, is not common in African societies. I normally tell my Moslem friends that, according to my culture my list of haram (ebihagaro) is much longer than theirs. It is not only pigs that we regard as haram. Our list includes: fish (ebijongoma) which we regard as snake; chicken (because it is a bird that are always flying) and if you eat it you are likely to be restless and unsettled; mutton; etc., etc.  

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