“I don’t need lectures from anybody on how to organise elections,” President Yoweri Museveni Sunday shot back at the United States that labelled Uganda 2016 elections irregular.
In a statement released by US Department of State Saturday, Washington said it was concerned about pre-ticked ballots, vote buying and intimidation that characterised Ugandan elections describing it as shortfall in the road to democracy.
“I have been doing it since school says at Ntare School,” Museveni told journalists at his country home in Rwakitura.
“The US secretary of state John Kerry also rang me, I told him we are experts at handling our issues,” Museveni said.
Kerry called Museveni on Saturday following the arrest and detention of FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye.
Kerry told Museveni to immediately release Besigye and unblock social media platforms.
The same message has been re-emphasised in the new statement from Washington considering that Besigye is now under house arrest in Kasangati.
“Col Besigye cannot be allowed to disrupt our peace,” Museveni said.
He said the other day Besigye invaded a police facility in Naguru claiming it was a government tallying centre.
He said Besigye also had plans to burn Kampala to the ground.
“Nobody can burn our city. We shall use both soft and hard means to guard our city.”
He said soft means will include talking and dissuading the youth who are being “misguided by some elements”.
The president observed that there was peace in Uganda before and during the elections emphasising that nobody will disrupt peace and security.
“Opposition tells lies of job creation, but do not get to explain how they well create jobs. You can’t talk about jobs without talking about wealth creation. Well unless you are talking about government jobs.”
Asked by journalists about the constitutional age limit to presidency, Museveni said: “I will follow the constitution”.
“I don’t want you to be worried about who is doing [in power] but what and how it is done.”
Museveni recalled that in 1971, he was employed in president’s office but resigned to fight Amin [former president Idi Amin Dada].
“That wasn’t a who but a what question. I thank Ugandans for voting a serious group committed to our people’s prosperity, peace and security.”
The president also assured the nation that prices of commodities won’t go up after elections.
“In 2011, sugar prices went up due to under production and sabotage by opposition.”
He said people in the opposition are not leaders.