Handshake features prominently at Global Peace Summit as Museveni is awarded peace trophy
SEE ALSO :Firm to assemble phones in UgandaHe said the handshake conveyed Kenya’s resolve that elections should never herald problems for the people. The peace initiatives that had cooled hostilities between communities at the Kenya/Ethiopia border in Moyale and the Kenya/ Uganda/ South Sudan border were hailed as worth emulating for their phenomenal success. The three day conference came to a peak with the presentation of the Global Leadership Award 2018 to Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for being at the forefront of peace efforts in the world. It was observed during the award presentation by Mr. Robert A. Schuller, of the Global Leadership Council flanked by Dr. Amani Abeid Karume, former President of Zanzibar and Chairman of the African Leadership Mission and the Global Peace Foundation founder Dr Hyun Moon Preston Moon that Uganda was chosen to host this year’s conference because of the country’s regional efforts on peace and security, the resettlement of refugees and the successful track record in the fight against the HIV/AIDS scourge. President Museveni said lack of peace was caused by conflict between man and nature, conflict between man and man resulting from scarce resources, group chauvinism and weakness of some societies. He noted that the conflict between man and nature is the oldest conflict.
SEE ALSO :Babu Owino banned from visiting Uganda“The oldest conflict is that between man and nature. Its elements include disease, drought, floods, landslides and earthquakes,” he noted. Mr. Museveni said there was need to develop science to tame nature for the benefit of society. “Development of science is crucial in resolving nature, man conflict. Society is considered civilized when it gains some capacity to tame and harness nature: control disease, floods, and earthquakes and so on. Peace, therefore, is about empowering the human race to gain more knowledge so that the respective societies can tame nature,” said President Museveni. He told the conference that the second element that causes conflict between man and man is driven by greed and parasitism. He explained that people don't want to live by honest labor as they want to live at the expense of others. “For man to commit aggression against each other, they use knowledge or science to their advantage like those who accessed iron tools earlier. It's a form of cowardice. You want to kill and fear to be killed. When Europeans used gunpowder as our chiefs were dancing wearing ostrich feathers, they colonized us. President Museveni further explained the conflict between man and scarce resources calling for better management of the scarce resources. “If resources are scarce, can it be managed in a better way? Did the Europeans have to colonize us in order to get spices? The wars in the Middle East are about oil. It is the same with the DRC. They elected Lumumba, whose death was organized by some people. Congo has never had peace since 1960. The UN is always there,” he observed.