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Africa should not have allowed the western countries to attack Libya - Museveni

By JOSEPH TUMWESIGYE

Wednesday January 22, 2020

President Museveni in the UK for the UK_Africa Summit (PPU Picture) 

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said that Foreign powers attacking Libya was one of the greatest failures of Africa. President Museveni said this to BBC’s Alan Kasujja in a radio interview.

The President mentioned that Africa should have intervened militarily against the foreign powers.

“Africa could have intervened and taught those people (the foreign powers) a lesson,” Museveni said in the interview.

The discussion on Libya between Museveni and Kasujja started after the latter brought up the recently concluded and heavily criticized Berlin Summit on Libya which the former criticized as being a failure. Museveni made it clear that it was not the Western Powers’ place to discuss Libya.

Back in March 2011, NATO-led coalition began what they termed as a military intervention in Libya where, according to the Human Rights Watch over 70 civilians were killed. The actions of NATO were in response to the Libyan Civil War that began in February 2011 between forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and those seeking to oust his government.

When asked why Africa did not fight for Libya, President Museveni said that the attack by the foreign powers was a surprise.

“I did not believe that anybody would be so stupid to attack an African Country like that,” Museveni told BBC’s Kasujja.

President Yoweri Museveni made these remarks on the sidelines of the UK-Africa Investment summit in London where he is holding talks with the UK’s Prime Minister Borris Johnson and other business stakeholders on Business and investment in Uganda.

16 African leaders are attending the Summit including President Sisi of Egypt, President Kenyatta of Kenya, President Buhari of Nigeria, President Akufo-Addo of Ghana and President Kagame of Rwanda, and African business leaders including CEO of Standard Bank Gert Vogel and CEO of Investec Hendrik Du Toit.

President Museveni is also expected to meet prominent UK business leaders including the CEO of Vodafone Nick Read, CEO of BP Bernard Looney, CEO of Standard Life Aberdeen Keith Skeoch, CEO G4S Ashley Martin Almanza, CEO of Associated British Foods George Weston, and CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group David Schwimmer.