President Yoweri Museveni has been nominated for the International Kim II Sung Prize in recognition of his contribution to independent development of African countries, as well as peace and prosperity in Uganda.
The Award was instituted in honor of President Kim’s leadership, devotion to Korea’s prosperity and independence as well as his contributions to the global peace, security and progress .
The nomination by the International Kim II Sung Prize Council was signed by the Council’s Secretary General, Mukesh Sharma.
Prof. Ri Song Chol, the secretary general of Korean Association of Social Scientists revealed this to the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda during a meeting at the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday.
The Prize is normally awarded to prominent figures of political social and academic circles of countries who made tangible contributions in the struggle for independence.
President Museveni is expected to receive the Award in April, 2015. Other leaders who have ever received this award include the founding President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Sam Nujoma in 2008 and the Great King of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk in 2012.
The delegation of Korean Association of Social Scientists (KASS) led by Prof. Chol has been in the country to conduct seminars on the Juche philosophy at Makerere University, Kyambogo University and Makerere University Business School at the invitation of the Uganda Government and Juche Uganda Chapter.
The Juche Philosophy, which was authored by President Kim II Sung of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, means that the masters of the revolution and construction are the masses of the people.
The Juche idea puts emphasis on independence and self-reliance of the people, which Uganda and Africa as a whole could emulate.
Premier Rugunda, while receiving the Korean Social Scientists, said North Korea had made significant development of their country and was a close friend of Uganda and Africa since the liberation struggles.
“We look forward for strong party-to-party relations and country-to-country relations based on equality, mutual benefit and mutual respect,” said Premier Rugunda.
He also thanked the International Kim II Prize Council for recognising President Museveni, adding that Uganda had made significant progress towards the transformation of the country.
Prof. Ri Song hailed Uganda for the political stability and endowment with natural resources which could transform the country.
He said their goal was not to impose the Juche idea on Uganda but to allow Ugandans choose the best lessons from their philosophy which promotes principles of independence, self-reliance and self-defence.
He said Uganda had many young and academically competent people with the potential to contribute to the development of the country if well mobilised.
The meeting was also attended, among others, by the Minister of State for Regional Affairs, Asuman Kiyingi, the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Korea, Myong Kyong Chol, the Commissioner for Patriotism Clubs in President’s Office, Lt Col. Henry Masiko, and officials from the NRM Secretariat.