By Frank Kamuntu & Denis Turyahebwa
Kampala: Mr. David Mugyenyi, the Commandant Nakivale Refugee Settlement camps in Isingiro district, under the office of the Prime Minister (OPM), on Tuesday afternoon paid an impromptu visit to the Pan-African Pyramid (PAP) offices along Col. Muammar Gaddafi Road, adjacent to LDC, to verify the relief items to be delivered this Friday December 20, 2019 to his area of jurisdiction,Nakivale refugees settlement camps,in Isingiro District.
The Commandant was welcomed by the Pan-African Pyramid founding Speaker and Chairman Andrew Irumba Katusabe, who introduced him to the busy PAP team that was sorting collected items and packing them into sacks, which Mugenyi honoured and thanked Irumba for being an agent of change for youths’ mindsets.
“It is impressive that Pan-African Pyramid consists of the youth and it is unique and rare to find youth involved in the charitable activities that aim at changing the lives of suffering Africans,” Mugenyi said.
He added that “I think if all People were like you, thinking that everyone has something to offer for humanity, the world would be much more habitable.”
He promised PAP Team a strong and healthy relationship during the distribution exercise of relief items to refugees in the camps since sometimes refugees are violent whenever there are donations being handed out to them
“I’m going to mobilize a team that will assist you while giving out these donations since for them they are at least used to these refugees’ behaviours,” Mugenyi said.
He added that; “So far the Settlement hosts a big number of refugees from more than ten countries including Somalia, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia and many others.
Mugenyi further noted that Nakivale Refugee settlement currently hosts over One Hundred Twenty thousand (120, 000) refugees.
However, Mugyenyi called upon Africans to stop waiting for donations from America and Europe but to come out and donate to refugees. He noted that individuals in Europe and Asia, America donate as low as one dollar but once gathered, it becomes enough to solve challenges for refugee. He therefore encouraged them to pick a leaf from what PAP does for the cause of the well-being for our fellow Africans.
Mugyenyi also expressed disappointment in African countries which he said put too much emphasis on guarding geographical boarders, yet this erases the traditional spirit of Unity and socialism amongst Africans. He posed a challenge to other African countries to learn from the hospitality Uganda expresses by welcoming in displaced fellow Africans.
In the same vein, PAP’s Irumba revealed to the Commandant that he is much in touch with youth since Pan-Africanism was initiated by youth in all African revolutions. He noted that if anyone wants to make change , the only group of people with fresh minds to start with are youth because they are energetic and change agents.
“Youth some times are hectic and rigid but once you learn them and capture their minds nothing will fail. Elders in most cases are used for guidance but it’s the youth that will implement,” the PAP Speaker said.
The Pan-African Pyramid organizes annual events including PAP global awards every August, X-MAS with refugees every December basing on its principles as an intellectual, non-partisan discussion forum, built on the Pillars of PAN-AFRICANISM, PATRIOTISM and NATIONALISM, whose Ideal/pre-occupation is to REVIVE intellectual discourse among youth with a bias on re-constructing our lost Pan-Africanism, patriotism and Nationalism Values and spirit.
What Is Pan-Africanism?
Pan-Africanism is an ideology and movement that encourages the solidarity of Africans worldwide. It is based on the belief that unity is vital to economic, social, and political progress and aims to ‘Unify and uplift’ people of African descent.
The ideology asserts that the fate of all African peoples and countries are intertwined. At its core Pan-Africanism is “a belief that African peoples, both on the continent and in the diaspora, share not merely a common history, but a common destiny”
Pan African Pyramid Vision:
To articulate the concerted efforts geared towards promoting the true African Awakening among the BLACK people throughout Africa and in the Diaspora, and galvanize inventions and innovations of the African people.
Pan African Pyramid Mission:
To REVIVE intellectual discourse among the youths with a bias of re-constructing our lost Pan-Africanism, patriotism and Nationalism Values and spirit.