By SEAN DOUGLAS Friday, August 3 2007
PRIME MINISTER Patrick Manning yesterday vowed that this country will help “relieve suffering and poverty on the African continent.” He told reporters this at Piarco International Airport moments after the departure of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni following a three-day State visit.
“We will assist Uganda in energy development. They discovered oil and gas last year,” Manning said.
He explained that Uganda’s energy sector is in “a different stage of its developmental paradigm.” He also said a Ugandan delegation would soon visit this country to talk to businessmen interested in investing in Uganda, following Museveni’s invitation on Wednesday for local businesses to take advantage of Uganda’s preferential trade access to US, European, Chinese and Japanese markets for certain items without taxes or quotas.
Reporters asked Manning about the value of such links in energy and trade between TT and Uganda and he said it was not a matter to be measured in dollars and cents but rather in terms of “the contribution of Trinidad and Tobago to relieving suffering and poverty on the African continent.”
He brushed off concern about unrest in Uganda, saying unrest had occurred even in the United States and in this country in 1990. “We intervene in the development of people,” he said.
He added that he supported cultural links between the two countries, saying a Ugandan troupe of artistes could perform at next year’s Emancipation Day celebrations. “It was a short but very successful visit,” Manning said.
Reports are that Uganda’s combined energy reserves of about 26,000 barrels per day (bpd) exceeds its own current requirements of 12,000 bpd and that it is expected to be a supplier to its East African neighbours.
Same fockin thing I thought. I know this visit did boil dong to dem African mudder cont despots coming to fockin beg. Like all niggas is vagrants or wa ?
Why the fock Manning want to take up the resouces of T&T and fockin give it away like that and worse for nutten in return. All dem fockin nigga leaders on the African continent livin like Kings and Queens while dey fockin people starving. Driving about 40 fockin Benz, private aircraft and ah setta fockin useless mudder cont around dem..
Hear the big cont Manning, this is not a matter that you measure in dollars and sense. What wanton fockery. Which fockin Trinidadian businessman goin to invest in fockin Uganda cont? Yuh think businessmen dotish to invest and den 2 weeks after yuh hear dey have some coup, another nigga want to be Don Raja and take away everything that people wok for. Like he fockin bredda Idi do?
Boy Idi Ot Manning, go and raise fockin ole people pension so dey could live comfortable nah. Give the fockin farmers some money to plant some food cont. Remove vat from all food nah cont. Give people in rural areas some fockin water on a regular basis nah cont. Fix the fockin roads nah cont.
So much to do wid we money and you want to give it to some maniac African mudder cont? Fock off Mannning