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President Yoweri Museveni is calling on cultural institutions in Uganda to protect cultural values which define ethnic identities of the country.

Speaking in Gulu district on Saturday, the President said instead of interfering in politics of the nations, cultural institutions should concentrate on protecting ethnic identities central to their existence.

He cited protection of language, traditional medicines, marriage and food from adverse influence of modernization.

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Museveni said the secret to his good health is buried in traditional foods which require protection as well.

According to the President, there are many elements of culture which require modifications including the roles of parents in marriage to decide spouses for their children and grandchildren.

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The president was officiating over the inaugural Acholi cultural festival in Gulu district . He launched “Aduku Pa Rwot” (the basket of the Chief) with a donation of 20 Million Shillings.

Citing disagreement between Teso and Jopadhola ethnic groups in Eastern Uganda, President Museveni said culture should not be a source of friction in the country because ethnic groups need each other to thrive and survive.

The president said protection of strong cultural values is the key behind India's impressive growth and development in modern countries. He urged that strong cultural values be integrated with modern practices such as modern religion to drive speedy growth and development.

Cultural practices such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is at the heart of international campaigns for abolition. In Acholi, handing out virgin girls to bereaved families as remedy for murder has been abolished.

Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has embarked in fresh campaign to eliminate corporal punishment superintended by cultural chiefs and leaders among the Acholi and Lango ethnic groups.  

Paramount Chief of Acholi chiefdom, His Highness David Onen Achana II later underscored President Museveni's remarks on culture saying subjects living in diaspora should emphasize language to their children.

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