Newly sworn in Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has labelled his critics as “stupid”, telling them to mind their own business.
The president was speaking at after being sworn in as the next leader at Kololo Independence Grounds on Thursday.
“Uganda has been at peace for the first time in 500 years, for many years now,” Museveni pointed out, emphasising, ”Uganda will remain at peace.”
While introducing guests and representatives from Russia and China, Museveni lauded the two superpowers for being his “friends” and not poking their noses in Uganda’s internal affairs.
He said while Russia and China mind their own business, some others [Western countries] have made it a habit to meddle in Uganda’s affairs.
“…those stupid ones who leave their own houses to go to tell another man how to run his house,” he said.
The United States of America has been critical of Museveni’s government especially since the February 18 elections.
US ambassadors Samantha Power and Deborah Malac have been critical of Museveni’s persecution of opposition, clampdown on social media to the extent that they saw him as a security threat to Uganda.
US President Barack Obama has also on several occasions thrown jibes at Museveni for running a military dictatorship which he disguises as a democracy.
Museveni had earlier said he will not take lectures or orders from foreigners on how to lead Uganda.
“How can you tell a man how to run his own house?” Museveni queried at the Kololo event.
At the same event, he lashed at international criminal court, calling it a bunch of useless people.
“We call upon our African brothers and sisters to work together for total peace in Congo, Burundi and Central African Republic.”
Museveni emphasised that no one, however hard they might try, has capacity to disturb this peace.
He said his government will not sleep during this term but will work.
“No one should be a spectator in the efforts of driving Uganda towards middle-income status.”