“It is important that external players refrain from interfering with the internal affairs of other countries. Interfering with the internal affairs of other countries is morally and practically wrong. Morally wrong, because the question is what kind of intelligence do you have to think that you can understand the problem in my house better than we the occupants. If we have a problem in our house, we, the occupants will solve it.
It is also practically wrong because outsiders cannot have enough information about a foreign situation. They are most likely going to make mistakes. If there is any problem in Uganda, I will surely handle it better than the outsider.” Museveni said.The president also said he would enact the Sovereign Act in the 1995 Constitution, which provides that the independent of organs of state must go with responsibility and accountability. Under Articles 1 and 2 people are sovereign and exercise their sovereignty through the Constitution, which is the supreme law of Uganda and has a binding force on all authorities and persons throughout the country.
Museveni accused CSOs of hiding under the Sovereignty Act to fund citizens against his government. He hailed the Americans for ‘harassing’ their President Donald Trump on his alleged connection with the Russians.
“The people who are fighting with Mr Trump, they say the Russians hacked the computers I don’t know of who and got information about Clinton which they then gave to Trump and Trump used it but they are saying that this was a crime because a foreign power interfered with our politics and I totally agree with them because that would be really interference. But here it is not information, it is actually money, meddling, misinforming.”
Museveni has repeatedly accused NGOs for their alleged involvement in funding demonstrations across the country. He claimed that during the recent demonstrations over the arrest and alleged torture of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, Mityana municipality MP Francis Zaake and other suspects, some youths were paid between Shs 100,000 and Shs 300,000 each to burn down Kampala city but they were stopped by security.The protests drew the attention of the international media and condemnation in various cities across the work. While addressing an international press conference in Washington DC last week, Kyagulanyi’s lawyer, Robert Amsterdam vowed to press the US government for sanctions against targeted government officials their alleged involvement in torture.
“We want the US government to immediately suspend military funding to the Ugandan government and launch an investigation into how the military equipment supplied to the Ugandan army is being used in the war of terror in torture against Ugandan citizens.”
According to Arthur Larok, the federation development director for ActionAid International, a global movement of people working together to further human rights for all and defeat poverty, targeted sanctions against individuals in Museveni’s government are effective.