President Museveni has called upon commonwealth nations to reject what he described as evil imperialism and the West’s continued attempts to impose their agenda on people in foreign territories, leading to global crises.
“A whole century was wasted on account of promoting parasitism instead of symbiosis; stop manipulation and lectures to societies that are different from you; if you think you are right, influence people by your example. The greed is a miscalculation; this is why empires collapse; all of them, without exception, because they are essentially evil,” President Museveni said while addressing the gathering attending the Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC2024) at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort in Kampala.
According to Museveni the ”philosophical, ideological and strategic shallowness” is to blame for the ongoing crisis in the Middle East- marked by a war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip following a bloody October 7 attack on Israel.
“The crisis could be traced back to Roman imperialism when they dispersed the Jews. Up to now, we’re dealing with a mistake of the Romans. What were they doing in the Middle East?” he remarked as he decried “foreign and local actors who miscalculate and seek to monopolize and use knowledge to oppress others.”
Museveni also emphasized that there was need to exploit the 2.4 billion population of commonwealth nations to expunge chauvinistic ideas.
“Interactions between the colonizer and colonized, although negative for most of the times, also had their positive sides that should be built on for mutual benefits.”
“Let us concentrate on utilizing the progress of man in the struggle against the oppression of man by nature rather than using that progress in science and technology for parasitism,” he noted.
Museveni further highlighted need for global powers to value the sovereignty of other states.
“If you try to use knowledge to oppress others, they also strive to acquire knowledge to catch up and defeat you,” he emphasized, before calling on the world to “concentrate on utilizing the progress of man in the struggle against oppression of man by nature, rather than using that progress in science and technology for parasitism.”
Established in 1969, the CSPOC operates on a bi-annual basis, where Speakers and Presiding Officers of the national parliaments of the independent sovereign states of the Commonwealth converge to understand the various forms of parliamentary diplomacy.
The main theme of the CSPOC is to foster and encourage fairness on the part of speakers and presiding officers of the Commonwealth.
The Rt Hon. Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda, Anita Among, in her remarks, welcomed the delegates, and said Commonwealth relations should be anchored on mutual respect.