President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni has in today’s address juxtaposed his dictatorship to that of former Ugandan ruler, Idi Amin Dada. Museveni gave this verdict after realising that much as his regime has been accused of being too brutal, he has at least managed to conceal most heinous atrocities unlike the Idi Amin regime which overtly killed the people.
Museveni says by killing Archbishop Janan Luwum, it shows that President Idi Amin was insecure and a coward who had no space for tolerance. “Killing people who are not armed is laziness…It means the killer doesn’t have enough confidence that they will win an argument. That is why they want to silence them,” Museveni said.
He adds that at least for him, he doesn’t fear to be criticised because he can counter-argue anybody. He added that even religious leaders are free to criticise him and his government so long as they are balanced in their criticism.
The clergy, he said should not criticise only the security people when they make mistakes, but also the people who want to disturb peace that he and his generation fought for. He said he’s very happy that he avenged the killing of Archbishop Janani Luwum and other people.
The archbishop was killed in 1977 (his murder disguised as a motor accident) for criticising the Amin government over state-inspired kidnaps, murder, obstruction to justice, abductions, nepotism, tribalism – similar accusations that have been levelled against President Yoweri Museveni and his NRA/M government.
He however left the audience puzzled when he asked for the whereabouts of Mama Mary Luwum who passed on a couple of years back and was in fact accorded a state of art burial facilitated and sponsored by himself (Museveni). The audience nearly burst into laughter when Museveni inquired about the absence of the deceased wife to the slain Archbishop Luwum.