President Yoweri Museveni has hit at the foreign powers that he will not accept lectures from anyone about democracy in his new term.
The 76yr-old Uganda’s longest serving leader made remarks on Wednesday after being sworn in as the new president of the republic of Uganda in an inauguration ceremony that took place at Kololo independence grounds.
In his speech, Museveni said Uganda initiated its own democracy that he said is one of the best in the world.
“I doubt there are many comparable pro-democratic structures in the world. It is therefore quite comic and laughable to hear some actors in the world giving us lectures about democracy. You give me lectures about democracy, what are you credentials,” Museveni wondered.
He said none of countries accusing him of undemocratic values has credentials to allow them lecture him about democracy.
Using the National Resistance Army illusions, Museveni said he built democracy in Uganda throughout the 16 years of fighting boasting that its fruits can be seen by everyone.
“We diagnosed this system not from air conditioned rooms but from jungles of our country where we lived with people for more than 16 years of the resistance war. We need no advice from anybody apart from our peers from the African continent.” Museveni boasted.
He added that Uganda will only accept advice from its African peers and from the West mutually.
Museveni who according to the Electoral Commission won the January 14 polls with 58 percent against his challenger Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bibi Wine who garnered 34 percent, was sworn in today for his sixth elective term.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by 12 heads of states on the African continent such as Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Samia Suluhu Hassan (Tanzania), Évariste Ndayishimiye (Burundi), Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, alias Farmaajo, (Somalia), Salva Kiir (South Sudan), Sahle-Work Zewde (Federal Republic of Ethiopia) and Félix Tshisekedi (Democratic Republic of Congo).
Others are Emmerson Mnangagwa (Zimbabwe), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (Ghana), Hage Gottfried Geingob (Namibia) and Alpha Conde (Guinea) among other representatives and dignitaries.