Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni says the ‘sweetness’ of Kenyan milk helped him stop his Coca Cola drinking addiction.
While emphasizing the need for integration of the East Africa Community (EAC) during the second sitting of the 1st Session of the Fourth Assembly in the Ugandan capital of Kampala he explained how bumping into a packet of Kenya’s KCC milk, manufactured by the Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC), made him stop drinking Coca Cola.
“In 1965, Kenyans liberated me from Coca-Cola. The beverage was the only decent drink one would find then. One day, I came across packed milk, KCC from Kenya. I stopped drinking Coca-Cola and also began contributing to the prosperity of Kenyan farmers by consuming their milk,” he explained.
He gave this example to illustrate how free movement of goods in the region will enhance integration between the EAC countries.
The 73-year-old President who is also the chairperson of the Summit of EAC Heads of State urged EA countries to go full throttle and unite the markets for the prosperity of their citizens adding that the region stood to gain much more as a unified front.
“We need a situation where all producers in the partner states are able to freely sell their produce,” he said.
“This integration is not about the leaders, but the people who produce wealth. Why do we talk about hunger while in Uganda, for example, we have sufficient maize — about five million tons capable of sufficiently meeting our needs?” Museveni said.
The EA communities are linked by culture, language or history, hence socioeconomic development is key to the region’s integration, he said.
Museveni also cited strategic security as an element key to integration adding that Africa as a continent needs to speak in one voice.
“Africans need to solve their own problems. In this world, you cannot survive if you are weak — and this is of our own making. Why can’t we make Africa strong?” he said.