2014-10-27 14:35:00

President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, speaks to Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday met with president of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. After his meeting with the Holy Father, President Museveni spoke to Vatican Radio about the influence Christianity has brought to Uganda, and all of Africa.

Listen to the interview by Vatican Radio’s John Baptist Tumuusime with President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni:

 The Christian faith, and even the Muslim faith, brought a new understanding, that when we die that is not the end of the story, that there is life afterwards,” he said. “That was one very valuable addition to our lives.”

President Museveni then spoke about a change in attitude the faith brought to African culture.

“The Africans believed in revenge…but Christianity taught forgiveness and reconciliation, and then also they taught loving God and loving your neighbor as you love yourself,” he told Vatican Radio. “So really, they added value to the African societies in term of vision of life. On top of that, they also contributed to education, to health, some these Churches provide water and other support to the communities, and we are very grateful for that.”

The Ugandan president also spoke about the goals of the peacekeeping operation in Somalia, which involves Ugandan troops.

“The first is to give peace to the people in the parts of Somalia where we are operating…these places are now peaceful, people are leading a peaceful life,” said President Museveni. “But also to deny these confused Al Sabab groups a base from where to operate from and disturb east Africa.  They disturbing Kenya, and at one time they even came and planted bombs in Uganda, so there is also that angle of self-defense.  But there is also the solidarity to the people of Somalia to help them with peace.”

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