Museveni made the remarks during a commemoration service to remember the late Archbishop Janani Luwum who was murdered by Idi Amin for criticising him.
President Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa Monday said that his predecessor Idi Amin was a coward because he killed innocent, unarmed people.
Museveni made the remarks during a commemoration service to remember the late Archbishop Janani Luwum who was murdered by Idi Amin for criticising his actions publicly.
He said that his predecessor was shallow-minded for thinking that violence would help eradicate criticism towards his government.
“Amin was shallow. How did he think killing Janani Luwum or anybody would benefit him? Killing people who are unarmed is cowardice & laziness. Some people don’t have enough discipline by defeating those challenging you by counter logic,” Museveni said.
“By killing Archbishop Janani Luwum, it means the killer doesn’t have enough confidence that they will win an argument. That is why they want to silence them.”
The president, also, said that unlike Archbishop Luwum, Amin also killed many common citizens who tried to challenge him and his government.
Museveni however, noted that him together with other freedom fighters at that time have since avenged the deaths of all those who died during Amin’s regime.
“I was baptised by Archbishop Sabiiti when my parents came from the old religion in 1947. I was about three years old, then later I worked with him. He told me he was already an old person when Europeans came to Ankole,” Museveni added.
“I was the head of the scripture union at Mwiri and I tactically withdrew. I wrote a motion that we must protest the words of Ian Taylor but the rest said we should not concentrate on earthly things. Amin killed the likes of Ben Kiwanuka and Janan Luwum but we the freedom fighters avenged their deaths . I thank all the freedom fighters that avenged their deaths.”
The president further explained that the NRM government is fighting hard to see that no more Ugandans shed blood anyhow like it was during his predecessor’s regime.
Museveni said that despite scares from opposition candidates to try and destabilize the peace they have built over the years, they are still focused on empowering the army.
“Just ignore him or also criticize him. It was really the structure of leadership that we had illiterate people like Idi Amin, what do you expect.”
“We avenged the deaths of those who died during Amin’s regime. We now need to guard it. Some people need to guard it but some want to disturb the peace of Uganda but we have a strong army,” Museveni explained.
He, however, lashed out at his critics including church leaders for remaining silent when those in NRM are hurt but very vibrant when speaking about the opposition.
“I don’t fear anybody if you are wrong I will tell you. If you are confident about your position, there is no reason to kill you. You can criticize the government but how about those who are against the government? Women putting on yellow were undressed recently but I have not heard them say anything.”