President Museveni has warned the western community particularly United States of America against meddling in Uganda’s domestic affairs, saying a new legislation could be drafted to penalize collaborators of foreigners.
“Interfering in the internal affairs of other countries is morally and practically wrong,” said Museveni in a national address on Sunday.
“Morally wrong because the question is: ‘What superior intelligence do you have to think that you can understand the problem in my house better that we the occupants?’” said Museveni.
“If there is a problem in our house, we the occupants will solve it. Keep out. It is also practically wrong because outsiders cannot have enough information about a foreign situation.”
Museveni has faced intense criticism among groups in the western countries for a crackdown on rioters and alleged torture of lawmakers by security forces.
MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine is currently hospitalized in United States where he has since held engagements with the international media.
His lawyer Robert Amsterdam has since rallied the international community to remove President Museveni from power and freeze Ugandan leaders’ assets.
Museveni said it was important that “external players refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of other countries” because “they are most likely to make mistakes.”
He gave the examples of Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya where foreign interference left a trail of death and destruction.
“When foreigners were chased from Vietnam, it is now one of the fastest growing economies in the World. What was the justification for foreigners making so much chaos about something they did not understand? Besides, what is good for the goose is good for the gander,” said Museveni.
He further called out Americans’ hypocrisy on meddling in foreign countries’ internal affairs yet want to impeach President Trump for alleged collusion with Russia in the general elections.
“Why does a section of the USA spend so much time trying to prove that President Trump’s election was, somehow, through the hacking of some computers, aided by external forces and see no problem in openly encouraging indisciplined elements from friendly countries? If there is any problem in Uganda, I, surely, will handle it better than the outsider,” said Museveni.
“I think the accusation against President Trump is that the Russians hacked the computers of somebody to get bad information about Hillary Clinton, the candidate that was competing with him. It is so serious that some of them talk of impeaching President Trump if it turned out to be true: yet, it would be merely giving information by the Russians to the detriment of the candidate they did not prefer. Assistance with information. In Africa, on the other hand, NGOs funded by foreign Governments, actually give money to opposition players, give advice, lie on their behalf etc. These foreigners may think that Africans are weak and foolish. Indeed, that is what Henry Kissinger is reported to have said once in 1973 in the Arab-Israel war.”
Museveni further said, God, sometimes, stands with the weak and Africa may one day surprise those who abuse her.
“In this case, we, the sleeping Ugandans, seeking to operationalise Article (1) of our Constitution which says that all power belongs to the people of Uganda, may have to enact the Sovereignty Act where citizens who helped foreigners to interfere in our politics would attract appropriate legal sanctions,” he cautioned.