President Museveni has hit out at specific people who have an intention of destabilising Uganda, maintaining that the country has a very huge capacity at protecting self as well as taking on its enemies.
Museveni was speaking during the commissioning of five factories in Mukono District, Saturday. The president made the statements in assurance to investors of security in Uganda.
“Those who want to destabilise our country do not know our capacity. It is very big. Once we mobilise, you can’t survive,’ he said.
The president opened two factories at Buikwe in Lugazi, five factories at Mbalala and a bus assembly plant at Namanve.
Museveni also yesterday reiterated that; “No one will disturb the peace in Uganda. The ADF are in Congo and the conflict will remain there. Whoever wants to cause conflict in Kasese, will not manage.”
“Those who want to destabilize our country do not know our capacity. It is very big. Once we mobilise, you can’t survive.” President @KagutaMuseveni today in Mukono at commissioning of 5 factories, as he assured investors of security @FrankTumwebazek @newvisionwire @nbstv
— Don Wanyama (@nyamadon) March 9, 2019
His comments come just minutes after Rwanda counterpart Paul Kagame for the first time spoke out about the cause of the recentfrostyrelationship between Kigali and Kampala that led to the closure of Katuna border onFebruary28.
Speaking at the 16th edition of the National Leadership Retreat, which got underway today at Rwanda Defence Force Combat Training Centre in Gabiro, Gatsibo District, Kagame said his country had been provoked to take certain actions.
The retreat, also known as Umwiherero, will run through March 12.
We have been provoked, people have crossed our borders, killed our people and we have not responded. We were able to see someone wanted to drag us into this mess. When they have dragged you into this sort of problem,then you start looking the same.”
“What remains to discuss with our brothers and sisters is the movement of people. We have Rwandans who go to Uganda who have been in prison, in their dozens, some of them are in military prison, others nobody knows where they are.”
He said the standoff between Rwanda and Uganda will be costly.
“All that comes costly, diverts resources, attention, we should be prepared for that. That is the price of stability and continued well being. It means you have to keep doing the best you can, make progress and defend the progress you are making.”
“When I hear somebody say no one can destabilise their country, I agree. No one should actually be destabilising that country but that country should also not be destabilising others, I think it is a fair deal.”
Kagame said almost every week, there are people who are brought and dumped across the border, and when you asked some of them, they say they have been in prison for 2 years.
He said whenever he has asked Uganda about the prisoners, authorities here would say they were illegal immigrants.
“But they were in prison for 2 years, with no charges, until they pack them in a truck and take them across the border.”
Kagame concluded: “I have learned lessons of our struggles, of the hardships of our country. One of them is I am not in control of what somebody else thinks about me or plans to do against me. But I must be in control of something, and that is what happens here.”
Last week, Uganda through the minister of Forieng Affairs, Sam Kutesa, denied charges that it was harbouring elements out to destabilise Rwanda.
Uganda also denied claims of torture and harassment of Rwandans saying whoever is arrested is handled according to the due process of the law.