At the inauguration ceremony held yesterday at Kololo independence grounds, Gen. Yoweri Museveni who was taking oath for a sixth term used the podium to scoff at western leaders who were part of his auidence tasking them not to ever dare teach him how to govern Uganda.
“No one can lecture me about democracy. We designed the good democratic system when we were still in the jungles as we dismantled the junta regimes of Amin and Obote. The foreigners who are trying to interfere with our systems are unwelcome. We can interact but not lecturing me on democracy where am the architect,” Museveni said.
Edith Ssempala, a former Ugandan envoy to the US says it’s not right for Museveni to keep scoffing at western powers yet he knows the country relies on their aid to foster infrastructure development.
“In diplomacy, confrontation is not good because it takes away room for dialogue,” she says. “Museveni just has to sit and mend relations with western powers. They are very vital for our development,” she adds.
Former Ugandan envoy to Japan,Wasswa Birigwa holds a view not divergent from Ambassador Edith.
“He has his own agenda. He can speak whatever he wishes but he should know that his audience had all donors. It can backfire since those countries will sit and assess these statements,” former Ambassador to Japan, Birigwa says
However, state Minister for foreign affairs Okello Oryem maintains that government does not regret the assertions made by Gen. Museveni.
“Every state has to respect the integrity, sovereignty of other countries and therefore must be free from scrutiny. Nobody should meddle in our internal affairs,” Okello Oryem says. “We cannot he lectured on democracy. We are a sovereign state that does as it wills,” he adds.