President Yoweri Museveni has called on the leaders of Kasese district to take the message of peace to the people and the region and to advise them to ignore anybody giving them negative and false hopes of the creation of the so-called Yiira Republic.
He said that it is not only impossible to annex any part of Uganda but it is also false and not practical.
“I want to state categorically, that Uganda will not lose even a piece of her land to the creation of the so-called Yiira republic and whoever wants that republic should create it outside Uganda’s territory.”
The president said even opposition leader Kizza Besigye who promised it, if he became President and made that mistake, he would not sleep in State House that day.
“This country has some people who fought for it to be what it is and no one should even dream about taking part of its territory to form a new republic,” he emphasized.
President Museveni said that it was false for anyone behind the creation of the so-called Yiira republic to base it on the allegation that their people are marginalized, especially in Uganda.
He added that NRM has a track record of fighting for the rights of the weak, the minority and for self-determination of humanity, adding that based on that, the Movement government couldn’t have left any Ugandan under any form of suppression.
“We know how to fight for the oppressed and marginalized in society. We have done it and we have some certificates of recognition on that as opposed to those who pretend to fight for the marginalized. We fought apartheid in South Africa, Arab chauvinism in South Sudan and, locally, sectarianism in the recruitment into the armed forces and so, we can’t fail to stand with any marginalized group especially in Uganda,” he added.
The President urged the people of the Rwenzori Region to ignore the false prophets who are propagating the creation of the so-called Yiira Republic that they say would be curved out of the Ugandan territory.
He noted that those hatching such an idea are lost people, daydreamers, enemies of peace who don’t love the Rwenzori Region and Uganda as a whole.