Mutenza said that the most crucial point is the change of mid-set of Ugandans living in the UK. The preoccupation with tribe and politics is becoming a thing of the past. We are now seeing more forums dedicated to trade and investments instead.”
He pointed out that Ugandan Asians came to this country with literally nothing and after 30 years, some of them became the wealthiest people in this country. I asked my millionaire friend who is sitting in the audience, what is the secret of their success. His response was ‘work together as a community and identify and share those opportunities.’ This is a call to you especially, Ugandans, to start thinking in “we” rather than in “me” terms, as the only way to achieve a critical mass in this dream land. Uniting and working together, we can achieve more.
I cannot finish without thanking Hon. Wafula Oguttu, the opposition leader in Uganda’s parliament who realised that developmental projects like the convention need to be supported by thinking beyond politics. He is here to present a paper not on politics, but on rural development.