President Yoweri Museveni has cautioned Ugandan and African leaders against what he called “ruining their chances” by abusing the little authority they have been entrusted with.
Museveni, while speaking at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast in Kampala ahead of tomorrow’s Independence Day celebrations, said Africa, which endured decades of colonialism and slavery, is now faced with leaders who are untrustworthy.
“Africa is now free and is beginning to move, but that is where the problem is,” he said.
“You are given little trust and you abuse it. How will you get bigger trust from God?”
The President called upon the hundreds of leaders who attended the meeting to resist the temptation of corruption by following his example.
“Don’t be corrupt. Don’t agree to take a bribe. Don’t do it,” He said.
“I have never taken a bribe from anybody. I have never accepted or requested a bribe”
Museveni added that through his career, he had seen many people who failed to defeat the temptation and ended up losing their opportunities.
“I have seen this for the last 60 years, how people have ruined their chances. Don’t be tempted to abuse the trust God gave you. You may think it was people who elected you but its God that us brought you up through the people.”
Museveni also told the gathering that he believed he was reward by God with the presidency, for being faithful in the early days for the armed struggle.
During the struggle, Museveni said he was sent on dangerous spy missions from Tanzania to Uganda by the former Tanzanian leader Julius Nyerere, and that he was faithful to undertake these risks.
“I could have stopped on the way and went back and lied that I did the work, because this was what some other people were doing. There was no oversight at the time,” he said.
“But because I was faithful, I think that’s why God kept pushing me.”