4 July 2012

Africa: Promote Democracy to Fight Terrorism

Buikwe North MP Kakoba onyango has called upon African leaders to promote democracy if they want to fight terrorism. Giving the example of a military coup in Mali, Kakoba said bad governance and democracy have brought about unrest with in most African countries.

He wondered about the use of signing international conventions that relate to democracy when the leaders come back home and act otherwise. "It is not just enough to sign these conventions but come back and behave contrary to what the documents they signed say," he said.

He talked about the need for concerted efforts among African countries if terrorism is to be dealt with because the rebels keep operating from neighbouring countries and that what affects one country or a region affects the continent in general.

"The problem of rebels and terrorism is in the whole continent and that is why we all work together especially with the issue of intelligence," Onyango said.

He also urged the locals to be vigilant saying that security starts with the ordinary person and that everybody needs to take the issue of terrorism seriously and collaborate.

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