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Museveni, UK’s Minister for Armed Forces Discuss Security

By Melanie Aanyu,

lPresident Museveni has said the security challenges in Africa are ideological, saying one cannot have an army without a good or bad cause.

The President was meeting Mr James Stephen Heappey, the United Kingdom Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the Armed Forces).

Heappey is responsible for armed forces activity including operations, operational legal matters, force generation, and international defense engagement.

The President, who gave an in-depth background of ancient armies, including the British Imperial army, said the problem with some places is having armies without a cause.
The President said complementarity in trade between groups rather than within groups brings prosperity.

Using his own experience, Mr Museveni said as a cattle keeper who produces milk and beef, his tribemates do not buy from him because they have the same products, but his prosperity is from the people in Kampala who buy his products.

Mr Heappey was happy to visit Uganda and said he looked forward to supporting partners with security challenges in the region.