President Yoweri Museveni has criticized attempts by Western powers to impose their beliefs on people in foreign territories.
The President made the remarks on Thursday while addressing over 33 delegates attending the Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers Conference – CSPOC 2024 at the Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala.
Describing colonialism as “a waste of time”, Museveni pointed out that a lot can still be salvaged instead of the chauvinism of many actors.
Museveni who has been defiant to Western influence further reasoned that there was no need to exploit the 2.4 billion population of the sovereign states of the Commonwealth nations to “expunge chauvinistic ideas.”
The President praised the Commonwealth fraternity as a positive practice that veterans of the resistance against colonialism salvaged, which he said should be employed to widen prosperity among member states.
In May 2023, Museveni signed the anti-LGBTQ laws, that also call for the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality”, drawing Western condemnation and risking sanctions from aid donors.
The 27th CSPOC will run until 6th January 2024. Established in 1969, the CSPOC operates on a bi-annual basis, where Speakers and Presiding Officers of the national parliaments of the independent sovereign states of the Commonwealth converge to understand the various forms of parliamentary diplomacy.