Museveni launches Great Lakes University fund
20 February 2012, 10:11
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni launched the Great Lakes
University of Kisumu(GLUK) Education Trust fund with a personal contribution to
the fund of Kshs. 8.2 million.
Speaking at GLUK’s main campus in Kisumu, President
Museveni called on African Universities to teach courses that can empower the
African people economically and are relevant to the international job market.
Saying Africa needed technological innovation as well as
political innovation, President Museveni decried the tendency by African
Universities to produce graduates who cannot contribute to the economic growth
of the people.
The Ugandan leader said
it was unfortunate that most
African economies were subsistence
economies that were not sustainable adding it was prudent for African
Universities to develop skills that
would remove African countries from
this economic quagmire.
President Museveni said it was imperative for those
charged with formulating economic policies on the continent to come up with
ideas that resonate with the local people, saying frequent calls for food
security should go together with economic empowerment of the people.
“We should for instance improve the value of our produce
by selling processed goods as value addition.” Museveni reiterated.
Addressing the congregation, Prime Minister Raila Odinga
issued a stern warning to those involved in corrupt practices in the border
towns of Malaba and Busia that they will be dealt with accordingly.
He regretted that due to corruption at the border towns,
long queues of trucks running to nearly 10 kilometres had formed at the border
town of Malaba in Kenya sabotaging the economies of the East and central
African countries that depend on the port of Mombasa.
He said a cabinet committee headed by Internal Security
Minister Prof. George Saitoti that was sent to Malaba town on a fact finding
mission revealed that the underlying reason behind the long queues was the insistence on payment
of borders fees through a system that encouraged corruption.
“Any officer found to be involved in thiscorrupt
practices will face the full force of the law,” he warned.
At the same time, Mr.Odinga paid glowing tribute to
President Museveni for his contribution to the expansion of democracy in this
He disclosed that President Museveni had personally
assisted him escape arrest and possible detention during the peak of the second
liberation in Kenya in the 1980s.
Mr. Odinga said in one incident he escaped through Lake
Victoria to Sigulu Island in Uganda where with permission of President
Museveni, he was issued with Ugandan travelling papers that gave him a new
identity that enabled him to move to Jinja then Kampala where he joined other
UN recognized refugees.
He said, “While on the run in Uganda, the country’s
security caught up with me but President Museveni guaranteed my safe passage to
Europe when I was issued with the travelling papers to escape possible
arrest and detention back home in Kenya.”
And added,“Like me, President Museveni benefitted from the brotherhood in East
Africa when he sought refuge in Kenya when he was fighting dictatorship in
Noting that President Museveni is a firm believer in the
unity of the five countries that make the East African community, Mr. Odinga
pointed out that indeed the Ugandan leader was committed to a political
federation of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania had very close relations
dating to pre-colonial times that was eventually soured by bad politics of the
While emphasizing the need to grow the economy of this
region, Mr. Odinga pointed out that Uganda remained the biggest market for
Kenya which should be nurtured together with other markets in the region.
More than kshs. 31 million was raisedat a funds drive for
the trust with Premier Odinga and friends donating shs.5.4 million. President
Kibaki sent shs. 2 million through Prof. Saitoti.
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