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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has urged Speakers of Commonwealth countries to emphasize politics of interest for prosperity.  

Speaking at a luncheon he organized for Speakers and Presiding Officers of Commonwealth countries at Speke Resort Munyonyo yesterday, the President said the huge population of Africa has for a long time been mismanaged by what he termed as false ideology of imperialists who fronted politics of identity rather than interests.

The dignitaries are in Uganda for the 27th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the National Parliaments of Independent Sovereign States of the Commonwealth.  

Museveni said the country he leads was among the victims of pseudo ideologies until 1965 when their students’ movement decided to fight those who fronted politics of identity which had kept the continent backward.

He gave an example of his tribe, who are cattle keepers and farmers, who in the modern economy produce beef, milk and bananas noting that they wouldn’t have been prosperous if they had fronted their identity.

Museveni further noted that when Ugandans woke up and started producing, they later realized that the internal market of Uganda is not enough given the huge agricultural and industrial supplies hence the need for the entire market of East Africa and the whole of Africa.

On her part, Annet Anita Among said that part of their focus will be about matters ranging from the way parliaments will be influential in ensuring that people in their respective countries are well represented.

At least 33 Speakers and Presiding Officers are in Kampala.

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