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Museveni refuses to wear skirt at India summit

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African leaders attending the ‎India Business Forum took it upon themselves to dub an Indian cultural wear similar to a Scottish kilt but not Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni.

The kilt is a knee-length non-bifurcated skirt-type garment with pleats at the rear, originating in the traditional dress of men and boys in the Scottish Highlands of the 16th century.

Outside of Western cultures, men’s clothing commonly includes skirts and skirt-like garments which today is seen as typical for women and girls and not men and boys except the cassock and the kilt.

In India’s Sikhism, a faith that originated in the Punjab, there is a traditional dress which is worn by both men and women, called a ‘baana’ or ‘chola’.

This dress has a skirted bottom and is worn over long white undershorts.

It was traditionally worn in battle by Sikh warriors as it allowed free movement and remains a part of the traditional Sikh dress and identity.

The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today received president Museveni at his New Delhi office wearing one [the man skirt also called lungi or mundi].

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Museveni was not part of the African leaders who later dubbed the skirt and posed for pictures.


While addressing the summit this afternoon, President Museveni said whereas Uganda has been supporting the prosperity of India by buying Indian products, India has, over the years not reciprocated in equal measure, thus the trade imbalance between the two countries.

He explained that India’s exports to Uganda are worth US $1.6 billion, but only imports Uganda’s unprocessed coffee worth US $16million only; thus creating unbalanced prosperity through trade.

He invited them to come and invest in the agricultural processing sector to add value to agricultural products for export.

He identified other areas as mineral processing, fresh water products, oil, gas and energy.

President Museveni called for “the elimination of trade barriers so that Uganda’s’ products such as textiles, tea and dairy products can gain access to the Indian market.”

He said, “It was trade not aid that leads to sustainable prosperity.

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He called on Indian entrepreneurs and business executives to come and invest in the Ugandan economy saying it is much easier to do profitable business and become prosperous in Uganda than in India or many other countries.

He said prosperity can be through trade and investment as a strategic goal for India to promote partnerships with Africa.

Addressing the India-Africa Business Forum at the Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi, Museveni identified trade, infrastructural development, tourism and collaboration in scientific cooperation and research as areas that can be exploited to create prosperity sustainably through production.

The President is in India on a four day working visit during which he will also address the 3rd India – Africa Forum Summit currently underway at the Indira Gandi Sports Complex.

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