Museveni: I’ll wipe out opposition in next 5 years

Besigye, Mbabazi at a TDA meeting

Besigye, Mbabazi at a TDA meeting

President Yoweri Museveni has promised to wipe out opposition completely in the next five years and make his ruling party NRM stronger.

Addressing press in Rwakitura on Sunday, the president said the opposition was not only telling lies but using children for criminal activities.

He cited a case in which opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, was reportedly planning to burn down Kampala city.

“Besigye can’t be allowed to invade our peace. Why can’t a presidential candidate follow the law?” Museveni wondered while speaking about Besigye’s current house arrest.

The president said social media blockage was just a test but government can do even more.

“People who think the state is something to joke with, that is just a test. The state can’t allow anybody to cause chaos using anything including social media. People should know the state can do even more,” Museveni said.

He said for example social media was used to exaggerate Besigye’s support across the country.

“I’m the one with unlevelled playing field, media exaggerated Besigye rallies to portray massive support.”

The president said he was ready to work with both Amama Mbabazi, the former Prime Minister and Besigye if they want to come back and serve in the struggle.

“If Mbabazi and Besigye want to work with me, they are welcome because I’m mission oriented.”

He said talk of individuals merely flabbergasts him.

“We don’t need individuals. They should go to their homes and do other things. We are here for a mission, a mission to make Africa strong.”

“Who is the guarantor of Africa’s freedom, of the Blackman? We must create an African centre of gravity, a powerful African union.”

Asked about a big cabinet, Museveni said he doesn’t see how having one person in a ministry can be a problem.

“Those opposition are not serious.”

He said Uganda is going to be a middle income country in the next five years [2016-2021] since investors are not scared of chaos anymore.

He said investors were earlier sneaking money out thinking Uganda is like any other African country that experience violence.

“Now they [investors] are assured of peace.”

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