Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni says African leaders must banish the ideology of sectarianism and gender chauvinism for security to be ensured on the continent.
The president made these remarks at the 23rd ordinary session of the African Union in Equatorial Guinea.
“Many of the conflicts are based on the pseudo ideology of sectarianism, impregnated by gender chauvinism,” the President said on Wednesday while chairing the open session of the African Union Peace and Security Council held at Sipopo Conference Centre in Malabo Equatorial Guinea.
The President who was accompanied by the First Lady, Janet Museveni, opened the 10th Anniversary of the African Union Peace and Security Council with a message cautioning Africans against conflicts.
“As we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of setting of the African Union Peace and Security Council, we need to illuminate on the fundamental question; what causes conflicts and why are they so brutally conducted?” he wondered.
He further observed that banishing the ideology of sectarianism and gender chauvinism would act as the policeman of the mind.
“In the last 50 years I have observed conflicts, I have noted failure to distinguish between just and unjust wars. Many of the unjust conflicts are based on the pseudo ideology of sectarianism impregnated by gender chauvinism. We need to banish the ideology of sectarianism and gender chauvinism. This will act as the Policeman of the mind. We need to act on the policeman of tge mind before the policeman of the body,” he emphasized.
At the same assembly, the Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete chaired the meeting of the committee of Heads of State and Government on Climate Change noting that Africa needs a clear position and direction as well as focused approach on climate change.
Relatedly, Ambassador Smail Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, welcomed Egypt to the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC).
Countries contributing resources to ACIRC include among others; Uganda, Angola, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa and Tanzania.
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