Ugandan President warns against foreign interference

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As the opposition in Uganda mounts pressure on Western powers to take action on the government’s human rights record, president Yoweri Museveni warned against foreign interference in the country’s politics.

Museveni also accused some unnamed foreign countries of seeking to influence the nation’s politics by funnelling assistance to the opposition through non-governmental organisations.

“It is important that external players refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of other countries,” Museveni told a press conference .

NGOs (non-governmental organisations) funded by foreign governments actually give money to opposition players, give advice, and lie on their behalf.

Last week the U.S. lawyer for opposition lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi, a musician known by his stage name Bobi Wine, called on the United States to stop funding Uganda’s military as a punitive measure against what Kyagulanyi said was torture by authorities in his country.

Kyagulanyi and fellow parliamentarian Francis Zaake said they were tortured by security forces while in detention in August.

The case led to protests against Museveni, while, Kyagulanyi, who has emerged as a formidable threat to the president, was charged with treason over his alleged role in the stoning of Museveni’s convoy during campaigning for a parliamentary seat.

The government in Kampala denies torturing Kyagulanyi.

Hauwa Mustapha