LONDON. President Yoweri Museveni is the recipient of the African
Leadership Peace Award in recognition of his efforts in stabilizing and
The award by the African Leadership Magazine, was bestowed on
the President by the publication’s publisher, Dr. Ken Giami, at a
ceremony on Tuesday (21 st January 2020) at the Royal Geographical
Society in Kensington, London.
“This is an award in recognition of President Yoweri Museveni’s
stellar leadership that has enabled Uganda to stabilize and therefore
created an environment for business to thrive,” said Dr. Giami.
“Under him, Uganda has had a tremendous economic recovery. At
the continental level, we need custodians of leadership and
knowledge like him,” said Dr. Giami amidst cheers from the excited
Thanking the Pan-Africanist magazine for the honour, President
Museveni said he was humbled to receive the award, adding that
Uganda’s march to prosperity was unstoppable.
“Our achievements speak for themselves. Even where we have had
some challenges, the benefits have outweighed the weaknesses,” he
Before getting the award, President Museveni delivered a keynote
address on the topic, “Harnessing Africa’s Potential: The Uganda
In the address, the President paid tribute to his colleagues who had
died during the Liberation Struggle and led the audience in observing
a moment of silence in their memory.
“I could not have had any impact if I did not always work with
colleagues, many of them, perishing in the struggle or departing this
world since,” said President Museveni.
“Those who died in the struggle included: Raiti Omongin, Natolo-
Masaba, Martin Mwesiga, Mwesigwa Black, Valerian Rwaheeru,
Kahuunga-Bagira, Joy Mireembe, Mukomboozi, etc.”
The President said whereas Africa had missed out on the earlier
industrial revolutions, its potential to succeed was immense if only the
leaders are able to properly diagnose what ails it and make correct
“Our prescription was to fight the sectarian ideas of identity,
emphasize patriotism (unity within Uganda), pan-Africanism (unity in
Africa), social-economic transformation (sociological leap) to create a
middle class and a skilled working class and to deal with global
players on equal and mutually beneficial terms through trade,
investments and tourism,” said the President.
He added: “It is those four pillars of our social-political diagnosis and
prescription that formed the base of our ideology and strategy. These
are: Patriotism, Pan-Africanism, Social-economic transformation and
Pointing out ten strategic bottlenecks like ideological disorientation,
market integration and infrastructure, the President said once they
are tackled, Africa can be certain to succeed and prosper.