President Yoweri Museveni has accused foreign governments like the US and UK of meddling in Uganda’s internal affairs by issuing travel advisories and terror alerts.
His remarks come days after the annual Nyege Nyege festival, which took place in Jinja amid terror alerts from both the US and UK governments over security concerns.
In a November 15th statement posted on his social media platforms, the president hailed the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), the Uganda Police Force, and intelligence organs for successfully patrolling the Nyege Nyege festival and protecting revellers. He says this attests to the strength of the national security network.
“I hear that the panicking Americans and British sent out what they call advisories to their citizens not to come to Uganda. These are mistake makers. If the situation was so bad, it would be us to advise people not to come to Uganda, not the British and the Americans,” the statement reads in part.
“We know what we are doing, always. Even if a mistake occurs, we know how to handle it. These advisories by some of these actors are another form of interference in our internal affairs by these elements,” he added.
However, the president was quick to note that it is true that the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels had sent some infiltrators to disrupt the festival.