May 21, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — The Ugandan president,who has been in power for 28 years, is not giving up on protecting his people and his country. Museveni vowed to protect the citizens at all costs.
President Museveni, hinted his troubled colleagues in the neighbouring South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and DRC that he would rather step down or hang himself if the Ugandans had to be protected by the United Nations.
“I have never called the United Nations to guard your security. Me, Yoweri Museveni to say that I have failed to protect my people and I call in the UN….I would rather hang myself. We prioritized national security by developing a strong army otherwise our Uganda would be like DRC, South Sudan, Somalia or Nigeria where militias have disappeared with school children. It would be a vote of no confidence to our country and citizens if we can’t guarantee our security, what kind of persons would we be?” Museveni said.
In another statement, Museveni reiterated that he is “here to teach and undo the lies”, adding that he needs to be updated on developments.
“Am here to teach and undo the lies. Some people have turned politics into a game of lies and un seriousness. They don’t sensitize you about development but they play around with your lack of information.” said Museveni.
Kaguta is not only protecting his people, the Ugandans, but also his troubled junior counterparts like Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan and Joseph Kabila of Congo. Museveni has directly or indirectly elevated most of these leaders to power and try to sustain them through different means.
Kabila junior came to power 8 days after his father was assassinated, reportedly by his bodyguard, in 2001. His father, Laurent-Désiré Kabila, came to power after overthrowing Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997 through the help of Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda, in what is commonly known as First Congo War.
Salva Kiir climbed the ladder in 2005 after the unfortunate death of the SPLM/A chairman, Dr. John Garang de Mabior. Dr. Garang died in Museveni’s presidential jet, shortly after meeting him on his private firm. Whether the death was accidental or not is yet to be concluded but silence has been observed except by a few, that include mama Rebecca, the wife of late Dr. John Garang, and also Museveni himself.
Museveni, who did not attend Garang’s burial, is one of the political ally to Salva Kiir. He broke his silence in 2005 hinting the mourners in another town that “some people say accident; it may be an accident, it may be something else.” That something else was only guessed but not well explained.
In 2013, while addressing the 2nd anniversary of South Sudan independent, Museveni dropped controversial proverbs on the South Sudanese saying that someone stronger than you can kill your father and inherit your mother, and twisted it with biblical statements.
“somebody can kill your father and inherit your mother. Our Lord’s prayer puts it in very meaningful perspective: “Thou shall not lead us into temptation but deliver us from evil.” Africans are also to blame. We lead outsiders into temptation by being weak.”
Perhaps Museveni was led into temptations but he kept distance between his facts and what plays on the grounds.
South Sudan return to civil war in December 2013, with the Ugandan army fighting alongside Salva kiir’s forces. Today, the Ugandan army protects the strategic town of Bor and Juba from the South Sudanese anti-government forces, orchestrated by a controversial report of a coup.
The story of a coup collapsed after the government failed to trace the militants behind the purported coup. The government did not have sufficient evidence to proof the case, yet some witnesses refused to testify or entirely denied the allegation.
Among the people who denied the coup allegation include Gen. James Hoth Mai, the then Chief of General Staff. When asked whether it was a coup or not by the SBS dinka radio representative, Mai said unless “there is a civilian coup”. Mai, however, challenged the notion only after he was sacked by his boss Salva Kiir.
The politicians, originally charged with treason, are unconditionally released, however, the military uprising continues and South Sudan continues to be guarded by the UN peacekeepers or Museveni’s men in uniform.
The armed oppositions demands president Salva Kiir must exit or allow reformists to take part in transforming the nation. Museveni has constantly opposed such preconditions, however, Kampala and Nairobi are slowly changing tones.
Museveni and Kenyatta failed to convince Salva Kiir on some of his latest conducts, in Nairobi last week. The two leaders were dissappointed that Salva Kiir insist to single-handedly postpone elections, lead the interim government and disregard some of the principles he signed in Addis Ababa. The two presidents warned Salva Kiir that such attempts would only risk sending the country down the path of self-destruction.
The meeting ends without agreement. While Museveni heads back to his country, Kenyatta is tasked to arrange another meeting to retry their lucks on Salva Kiir, the leader of that country.
Museveni, however, would have hanged himself in earliest 1990s, if not late 1980s. His government has failed to provide adequate security against Joseph Konyi’s Lord Resistance Army. Several Ugandans in the northern part have been maimed, rapped, killed or abducted by the LRA. Today, Konyi is regarded as a regional threat that needs international intervention. The United State and other African countries are hunting Konyi in the forests of Central Africa but with very little luck so far.