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Museveni attacks human rights defenders, international media over ‘malicious stories’ on Uganda

President Museveni has lashed out at human rights defenders over being used to achieve imperialists’ interests by reporting ill about Uganda (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – President Yoweri Museveni has attacked international media and human rights defenders saying most of them are being used to achieve imperialists’ interests by reporting that Uganda is in bad light maintaining such are intended to slow down or even reverse the gains of the country.

In an August 31 letter to Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, Mr Musveni argued what he labelled as idlers to stop wasting time adding that “it is clear that these so-called human rights defenders are enjoying our good roads and staying in nice and brand new hotels in Arua and Gulu built during the NRM government filing malicious stories against Uganda using our first class internet backbone.”

“As for the cacophony of the so-called human rights defenders, in reality agents of imperialists’ interests and their local lackeys, I would advise them to stop wasting their time in Uganda which has got capable systems and institutions beginning with a competent and professional army that can decisively handle whatever problem or shortcoming that we may encounter,” the agree Museveni said.

Museveni said the aims of such people will not be achieved as those who fought for Uganda and successive younger generations that are patriotic, working with peace-loving forces in the world, are rapidly building Uganda.

“Rt Hon Speaker, as you may be aware, only this week, I commissioned two tea factories in Bushenyi District, a cement factory in Tororo and an electronic appliances factory in Ntinda. Uganda is on a rapidly developing curve and the NRM government shall not be sidetracked by idlers spreading false stories about Uganda.”

Mr Museveni, who was responding to the Speaker’s request to have the Special Forces Command soldiers prosecuted over torturing the MPs, also insisted that he pleased with the actions of the Security Forces in dealing with the indiscipline groups and minimizing the loss of life and property.

Two of the MPs – Bobi Wine and Francis Zaake are currently receiving specialized treatment out of the country as a result of the alleged torture they suffered on arrest.

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