By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: On Friday The-Pan African Pyramid (PAP) Founding Speaker and Chairman Andrew Irumba Katusabe Ateenyi paid a courtesy visit to Founder/Chairman House of Dawda Group Dr.Hasmukh Dawda in Ntinda, Kampala, where the two discussed untapped opportunities that African youth are yet to hannes exhaustively to spur further development on the continent.
Dawda, a staunch Pan-Africanist, distinguished business entrepreneur, industrialist and philanthropist told the PAP speaker that now with the coming on board of DRC into EAC, regional youth must now focus on what to sale to the over 300m population. “The world has two sides, bad and good and it’s not about to change now. But there’s a lot of abundant goodness amidst us as Africa. Africa and Uganda has the youngest population,that means fresh energies,fresh ideas, fresh insights, that if we focused on that, we can change the world,” lectured Dawda. He added thus; “In the 90s when president Museveni visited Soroti with me, he looked at alot of mangoes being wasted. Most were just falling down trees and rotting. He turned back asked me whether I can add value. I started thinking….and finally that’s how SPLASH was born! So the idea of processing mango fruits into Splash originated from the president”.
In a discussion that took over two hours, Dr.Dawda blasted what he termed ‘African enemies’ who keep mudsliding a rich continent-Africa as the most impoverished, yet it (Africa) it actually presents rare opportunities that other continents only dream of.
”The African continent beats other continents with rare opportunities. Look at the diamond in Tanzania, Gold in DRC, weather, fertile soils, youngest and energetic human resource, among others. We are richly endowed with a variety of mineral resources. So why should we be called a poor continent?” disgusted Dawda wondered.
He added thus; ”But also our media needs a mindset change. I’ve spent almost three years without reading newspapers, because every page you open, it’s negativity after negativity, you mean no good thing about your country? That’s not patriotism neither Pan Africanism. Let’s discuss positivities, not negativities”.
Dawda asked youths to stop running after politics which he says has left many od them unemployed and poor after losing their office seats. ”These youths have been misled, they think politics is the only way of survival, Uganda is a blessed country. It’s actually a hub for opportunities, how I wish our youths can wake up and tap into them, this can surely boost Africa’s development, Irumba we need to spread this kind of gospel,” noted Dawda.
According to statistics, Uganda has the youngest population in the world, with 77 percent of its population under the age of 30. The population of Uganda is currently growing by about one million people per year, and given the force of demographic momentum, Uganda will see high rates of population growth for decades to come.
”Uganda has enough human capital, the only vice we have to collaboratively fight is the mindset, these youths have been now plunged into poli-tricks, it’s not politics. Very busy in political wars, don’t tell them making a change in their communities, country, continent, no! Give them office they will show you all their corruption skills. Our youths are running away from patriotism, nationalism and Pan-Africanism, which kind of Africa shall we have in 30yrs?” wondered PAP Speaker Irumba.
On the other hand, Dawda called upon African leaders to re-establish task forces and give targets to every population in their communities, a mechanism he believes can kick laziness out of Africans thus continent’s development.
Also, Dawda asked the government to ban imports of products that can be manufactured locally, arguing that this doesn’t only discourage local manufacturers, but also creates a mindset that genuine products are those imported from abroad.
”As Uganda for example which raw material don’t we have? What can’t we produce if well supported by our leaders?Nothing…unfortunately our Governments are not concerned, why do they allow the importation of what is produced here?” asked Dawda adding, ”Uganda has moringa, ginger, coconuts, very tasty and pure quality pineapples, if we can have processing plants for all these, then we can create a special global market here in Uganda.”
Dr.Dawda didn’t spare those trading segregation saying colour means nothing to Pan-Africanists. ”Irumba, you know I and my mother were born from Kenya where Raila Odinga is born, but I have run businesses that transcend my birth place Kenya. I also love living in Uganda here because of the weather. So is it a concern about which color,race or tribe consumes my products? We’re human beings, that’s enough. Never create boundaries between people on the basis of their color and race. If one Muyindi misbehaves, does it mean it was suctioned by the entire community? I feel sad seeing human beings segregating each other over colour. That’s actually a sin even before God who created us in his image,”he said.
Speaker Irumba picked interest in the above and complemented that people who helped him to establish the Pan-African pyramid dream are not even not of his color, mentioning Dr. Hasmukh Dawda and his son Vinay Dawda Managing Director Charms (U) Ltd, Aneeze Jaffer (late) and now his son, Mr Azhar Jaffer Managing Director Fairway Hotel & Spa, Dr.Sudhir Ruparelia, Rajiv Ruparelia among others.
”Contrary to what most people think about skin, Pan-Africanism isn’t about colour. Pan-Africanism transcends colour, race, tribe, religion, sex and geographical location. Eight years ago, people who helped me realize my dream of the Pan-African Pyramid look different from my skin,” said Irumba adding, ”These fellow Ugandans here were just looking on, some were actually criticizing their very own Irumba!. Today, I host these Pan-African Pyramid debates at Fairway Hotel, they gave me space but Ugandans owning most of these Kampala hotels were just interested in how much I will pay”.
But What Is This Pan African Pyramid Irumba Is Talking About?
Pan-African Pyramid (PAP) is a non-governmental organization that was founded in 2014 with a vision to articulate 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 African people based on its principles as an intellectual, non-partisan discussion forum, built on the Pillars of PAN AFRICANISM PATRIOTISM and NATIONALISM.
The PAP Ideology/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. The organization was founded by the current PAP Speaker and Chairman Andrew Irumba Katusabe.
So, What Is Pan Africanism?
Pan-Africanism is an ideology and movement that encourages the solidarity of Africans worldwide. It’s 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 Awaking amongst 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.