President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said the biggest problem of Sudan and Africa at large is emphasizing politics of identity and this is partly to blame for the pockets of instability in many parts of the continent.
The President made the revelation today as met Ambassador Dafallah Al-Haj Ali, the Special Envoy of the Chairman of the Transitional Sovereignty Council in Sudan who called on him at State House- Entebbe to brief him about the ongoing efforts to silence the gun for a smooth peace process in Sudan.
H.E Museveni said when they came to power in 1986, they emphasized politics of interests and not identity, a reason the NRM government has been able to stabilize Uganda after winning the civil war and eventually elections where NRM has always won massively on the first round.
According to the President, politics of identity is the biggest challenge causing instability in Sudan and the existence of Hemeti’s group which he said was a mistake, citing it as an example of this problem.
He noted that since people seem to have learnt, peace should return to Sudan.
“Now it’s time to really stabilize Sudan. This war is of course another mistake,” Gen. Museveni stressed.
He also called for a ceasefire disengagement and to allow peace for people to elect their leaders as owners of the country.
“My recommendation is, the people of Sudan are there- the country does not belong to the Sudan Army, it belongs to the people. The political issues are resolved by the people themselves,” H.E Museveni said.
Gen Museveni was however happy to learn that the two worrying parties; the one led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan’s Army chief and head of the ruling Sovereign Council and the one led by Sudan’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces commander, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo famously known as Hemeti had initially agreed to integrate the Rapid Support Forces into the national army.
“Integration is very simple if you have got the political will. It is determined by the speed at which you can train the irregular into regular,” H.E Museveni further noted, adding that when they defeated Idi Amin in 1979, it took them 3 years to create a new national Army.