President Museveni summoned journalists to his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura District, to hear his thoughts on the current onslaught by European Union Nato and the United States against the tiny African country of Libya.
“Europeans and Americans intervening militarily in Africa is a new
phenomenon. Our immediate reaction was when our African Union Peace and Security Committee, of which Uganda is not a member, met in Addis Ababa before the UN Security Council March resolution was passed on Libya, opposed the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya.
However, African countries (South Africa, Guinea and Nigeria) voted at
the UN in favour of the resolution. When I spoke to President Jacob
Zuma of South Africa, he told me that they voted for the resolution to
put pressure on Gaddafi.
But when the Western countries started bombing Libya instead of
concentrating on protecting civilians, then the Africans got together.
So the present position of African Union is ceasefire in Libya, then
talks. I have had a lot of problems with Gaddafi but when it comes to
foreigners interfering in the affairs of Africa without the permission
of the African Union, I cannot support it. The position of Africa is;
leave Libya to the Libyans to solve.
You saw the embarrassing way in which former Ivory Coast President
Laurent Ggabgo was ousted and picked from his home. What is your
reaction to that? Doesn’t it worry you?
The issue of Ivory Coast is a complicated story because there are
long-standing conflicts between some political groups in the North and
South. I have not been following it myself until when I went to South
Africa, just before the February 18 election, when President Zuma
briefed me because he was on that committee. It was clear that this
was a complicated situation, it wasn’t so simple.
Eventually the AU committee which was involved recognised Alassane
Ouattara as the one who had won the election. They recommended that he leads the formation of a government of national unity. Before that happened then the French came in (and) I have not known how they came in or under whose authority they came.
Foreign troops coming into Africa without the permission of the AU is
not accepted. We are going to deal with it. Because when it happened
in the past, the results were always negative.
Can the European troops go and intervene in Africa? No, they will not.
Because we will not allow it and if they want another Vietnam, they
will get it.
My reaction is it will stop. We defeated colonialism in the past, and
this one also will be defeated. So those traitors who are banking on
that, they would rather get something more useful for themselves to
April 18, 2011