FULL STATEMENT: Museveni Reacts To Derogatory Whatsapp Messages

Yesterday, on May 27th 2015,  there was a cabinet meeting. But because the Speaker called parliament on that day, the meeting was called off. When that happened, I stayed at home doing other things, that morning.

In the evening I was heading upcountry to attend to some other businesses, and then I would travel to Gulu, for more meetings the next day.

At around 2pm, Hon Janet returned from Parliament. She told me that some Ugandans have run mad. I asked why, and she gave me a phone, that contained three voices.

One of these, a woman was speaking in Rukiga, while the two others, a man and a woman were speaking in Ankole and West Buganda social dialects.

I use the word social dialect, because these foolish people and in their foolishness, do reveal that they are one people.

They were insulting and derogating groups of Ugandans, using these two different social dialects yet easily communicating to each other, without a translator.

This means that by heritage, God brought them close to each other. What they were speaking was false, stupid, and enemy action.

From long time ago, Ugandans had different occupations, yet they lived symbiotically, even long before the colonial advent.


The famers and animal keepers benefitted each other, exchanging their products though barter trade. It was a wise system according to the science of those days.

To this day, the people in the areas of Nkore, Kigezi, Tooro, Buganda, Karagwe, Bukoba, Rwanda and others still have their traditional food and livestock, for instance millet, sorghum, bananas, indigenous cattle, goats and others.

I don’t eat rice, bread, and other foreign foods. I eat bananas, millet, milk, meat, fruits and vegetables. All these we have inherited from our forefathers.

In other parts of Africa, you find people starving, because rice or wheat is not obtainable. They spend a great deal in foreign currencies to import these foods from abroad.

Here, we eat our food which we have inherited. We have also leant the other foods from abroad as well. Ugandans now grow rice, wheat, and they also rear exotic breeds of cattle, goats, chicken, pigs and others. This they do in addition to their traditional occupations.

People in this region imported clothes from Zanzibar, bark clothes from Kooki, and Buhaya. They got salt from Katwe, copper bracelets, necklaces and Ivory bungles from Congo.

Spears, machetes, spindles, were made by black smiths, while crucibles and other artifacts were made by the potters and artisans in Nkore.

In the old times, the weakness before the imperialists came, was that of the cultural leaders who would confiscate, people’s property, initiate wars amongst our people, disrupt the merchants and hawkers from Congo and Zanzibar asking them for taxes while victimizing people.

Otherwise, the locals in the East and Central Africa Great Lakes region benefitted each other and there was mutual intelligibility like those three fools on Whatsapp showed it.

Sadly, those fools use the gift of communication to insult and downgrade Ugandans instead of construction.

The other mistake made by the cultural leaders was bringing wars between Bunyoro and Buganda, Nkore and Buganda, Rwanda and Nkore, Nkore and Busongora among others; wounding people in useless wars of aggression.

This eased the work of colonialists to seize Africa because the leaders could not unite the tribes to resist colonialism.  Others instead, joined forces with the imperialists to fight against their enemies, for instance those who joined the whites to fight Kabalega.

When the whites took over Africa, they sawed another bad seed; Religious segregation, and this resulted in religious battles, which continued until the NRM came and fought it from 1965 when we were students.

NRM condemns, holds in contempt and stamps out those fools and enemies who divide our people on religious and cultural lines.

The other mistake by the cultural leaders was allowing mutual deprecation between the different tribes, like those fools on Whatsapp were saying.

Even in the days of the imperialists and UPC, the leaders would remain silent to mutual deprecation. The NRM cannot be silent to tribal or occupational deprecation.

When the NRM came, we advised Ugandans to diversify their economic activities, so that they could cultivate, rear animals, carry out aquaculture, and others, hoping that household incomes would be enhanced.

In the past, because of poor science, it was difficult to do this as animals would destroy the crops. But now it is possible because we have barbed wire, and chain linked fences.

Therefore those foolish people I heard on Whatsapp, should be traced and apprehended by police, and be charged in court, for their crimes.

In Africa, everybody was created by God. No one has the right to abuse another African, and what God did, is the basis of NRM’s belief, right from the beginning.

This is our strength; all the development you see; the roads, electricity, the Friesian cattle, the tea and coffee, the oil in Lake Albert, the peace that we have enjoyed for the last 30 years.

In NRM, some of the old words are not used. Words like Bahima, Bairu, slaves, servants, abarasti, ect. We don’t use these words. When I am talking about occupations, I normally use the words, herders or farmers.

But even these, given the NRM’s occupation diversity, will lose meaning, because our people are doing both occupations.

Those in metal fabrication, carpenters potters and others too are no longer confined to one occupation, unlike in the past.

There were also other roles like bark cloth processors, bow and arrow makers, seamen, herbalists, etc.

The advancement of science meant that these occupations have either disappeared or have gotten factories in their stead.

Let me hope that the fools, idiots, and enemies, who use modern technology to speak nonsense, are villagers.

If there is someone encouraging them, I hope that God, and government officials will reveal them and they will reap what they sawed.

Ugandans’ divergent and harmless occupations are our wealth. No one has a right to despise the role of another person. They all benefit Africa.

Those who listened to the disparaging messages on Whatsapp, and kept quite are also in the wrong. We shall trace their sources and those spreading them.

I am the old man Yoweri Museveni, Ssabalwanyi Ssemalungu.

I Thank you very much.










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