The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has said his country is going to build a heritage center in Uganda at the source of the Nile in Jinja city and it will be in named after Mahatma Gandhi the Indian’s nationalist who struggled for the nation’s independence from britain.
The Premier, accompanied by President Yoweri Museveni, told the Members of Parliament that India and Uganda have a lot in common that need to be consolidated including the sacred site of Gandhi in Jinja where some of the ashes of his remains were splashed.
“The most sacred site at Jinja, at the source of River Nile where portions of ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were splashed unites India and Uganda. We will build a Gandhi Heritage Center. There can be no better image than a center to remind us of his mission that inspired Africa to freedom, justice and timeless values of life,” he said.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga who chaired the house implored the Indian community to pay homage to the site.
Modi outlined ten areas in which India that is among the top 10 world’s biggest economies is going to cooperate with Uganda.
“Yesterday I announced two lines of credit for Uganda (200m). As in the past, we shall continue to support the aspirations of Uganda in education and training, health, agriculture, infrastructure, capacity building and government, defense and security.”
Modi hailed his host, Museveni for what he termed as visionary leadership that has created conducive environment characterized with women empowerment and peace in Uganda and the region.
Museveni welcomed the building of hospital noting that it will reduce on the number of Ugandans going to India for specialized medical attention.
President Museveni further appealed to the Indian businessmen to continue investing in Uganda because of the country’s high purchasing power. He also noted that their investments would also attract other markets like the East African, African markets and third party markets which bring in profits.
Primier Modi, is the first Indian Head of State to address British Parliament in November 2015, and became the first Indian head of state to address Ugandan Parliament; of course Uganda had the first Speaker from an Indian origin in 1963.