President Yoweri Museveni has sent a strong warning to Uganda’s enemies saying that they will not be spared.
Speaking at the commissioning the CCTV National Command and Control Centre in Kampala on Thursday, the President said he considers all Ugandans and Africans part of his family and will even put his life on the line for them.
“Some people feel that family members are those from the same woman. But to me, all Ugandans, all Africans are my family; that is why I will cause you a lot of problems. If you are near me and you kill, mistreat or rape an African woman, who is my muzukulu (grandchild), ofudde (you are dead). I can’t spare you,” Museveni warned.
The President’s remarks have since caused mixed reactions among observers who are wondering whether he was referring to the current high crime rate in Uganda or sending a message to external threats most probably Rwanda.
The tensions between Uganda and Rwanda over trade and political matters became visibly known this year. These escalated in February when Paul Kagame’s government started blocking Ugandan trucks from entering Rwanda through the Katuna border, one of the busiest border posts between the two countries.
Behind all this is Kagame’s core accusation that Museveni is backing dissidents and militias intent on overthrowing his government.
Since then, media rumours having been making rounds that Kagame was planning an attack on Uganda.
Early this month, Kagame spoke in Rwanda sending veiled barbs to the country’s supposed enemies saying they were “going to raise the cost on the part of anybody who wants to destabilize our security. The cost is going to be very high”.
“For those who are involved, you’ll have to come clean. You can’t be here benefiting from the peace and security that we have paid for in blood and then do things that cause us problems. We will put you where you belong,” he said.
In October this year, Uganda’s First Son also Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Operations Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba also warned the country’s enemies that they will get a bad day in case they try to mess with the Pearl of Africa.
“I can assure whoever even thinks of messing with Uganda will get a very bad day. Long live UPDF! Long live Ugandan Special Forces!” Gen Muhoozi tweeted.
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