The newly elected President Museveni said he has heard of some groups that are intending to entice violence but warned that this will not happen as long as he is still in charge.
With continued fears arising in the country over intended post-election violence, the newly elected President, Yoweri Museveni has assured that Uganda as a nation will remain peaceful and calm.
Museveni made the remarks on Tuesday while officiating at the 35th NRM Day celebrations at State House Entebbe. The President admitted that he has heard of some groups that are intending to entice violence but warned that this will not happen as long as he is still in charge.
“I congratulate the Ugandans on the peaceful elections. Although some groups were trying to bring violence. Remember I told you we would defeat violence, and you saw what happened. Forget about violence, don’t dream about it because it won’t work. Forget about threats, you will get pressure for nothing,” Museveni said.
He noted that the victory of the ruling NRM party in the just concluded elections was based on ideas.
Museveni explained that the country has progressed over the last ten years to the extent that now over 40% of the total population are producing products for sale.
The president highlighted that Uganda’s challenge now is on securing enough market for the citizens’ goods. He assured that this will be one of his main targets in this new term of office.
“Uganda was the 5th in growth world over in the last 10 years, this is without the oil. We are also beginning to get signs of oil in Karamoja. We now have surplus electricity and we shall maintain that,” Museveni explained.
“In this Kisanja, one of the issues is to intensify the East Africa Cooperation. From where we are standing, we are in a good position, the industrial sector is growing but we have to solve the problem of the market.”
He, also, aimed to dig at the current opposition leaders citing that they are practising sectarian politics. The NRM leader said that politics based on tribes, religions and other differences is wrong and dangerous for any country.
Museveni who cited an example of when his NRM party rose against Amin’s regime in 1986 said that tribes only make up about 17% of the total population of the country which is not enough to guarantee any presidential aspirant victory.
“The doctrine of rejecting politics of identity remained, it is wrong, dangerous, and not practical. This sectarianism is rubbish. We were working with the parties but when Amin came, we had to come up by ourselves. We tried to work with UPC against Amin but they couldn’t change their way of thinking,” the president added.
“I didn’t belong to Kabaka Yekka, that one I couldn’t. The others (UPC and DP) I was a member. By 1965, we had seen the dangers of going ahead with that kind of politics. If you go sectarian, you can’t get enough votes to win an election. If you go tribal, no tribe makes up even 17% of the people of Uganda.”