The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has scoffed at President Museveni for misunderstanding the United States document that declared sanctions on former police boss Kale Kayihura.
The US Government this month issued travel and economic sanctions against Gen. Kayihura and his immediate family members.
They accused him of gross violation of human rights under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programmes Appropriations Act, according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The US’ move towards Kayihura was welcomed by most of the opposition members.
However, President Museveni on his social media account issued missive document on Sunday, September 22, 2019, expressing his disappointment towrds some members of the opposition.
“Why do they think that going to the USA or, indeed, any non-African country is so important that if you are not allowed there, it will amount to a painful punishment? I know of no country that is more beautiful than Uganda on Earth Planet. It is a sacrifice for me to visit any non-African country on account of bad weather, strange foods etc.
Therefore, to hear leaders of national political parties jubilating that a Ugandan is barred from entering the USA is very good news for the NRM because, as always, it will be very easy for us to show the Ugandans and Africans that “they have left undone what they ought to have done and have done what they ought not to have done and there is no truth in them,” said, Museveni.
But FDC spokesman Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said Museveni found a lot of difficulty in interpreting the document before reacting towards it.
“It’s understandable. Either he didn’t read the document and understand the contents or he had difficulties in understanding what the Americans said, because Americans didn’t issue warrant of arrest that Kayihura must be tried in an American court. But we can understand that at 75 one starts getting tired,” said Ssemujju at a news conference.
Ssemujju cautioned Museveni to go slow in terms of barking at foreign powers because situations may change.
“Museveni has travelled to the US more than 50 times in his three-decade leadership. But now he is saying they are not important,” he queried.
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