KAMPALA – President Yoweri Museveni has called Somalia a country with no state and which lacks “organised authority”
He said Somalia was one example but stopped at naming other countries “for diplomatic reasons”.
The President was speaking at an annual judges’ conference.
In his speech, Mr. Museveni also questioned the effectiveness of the United Nations.
He criticised the UN for having been in Congo “since 1960 but people are dying like flies.”
The president doubted the security brought by the UN troops as he continued:
“You go to Mali, you go to all those places, even Nigeria. Big problems there. Chad. But here we have created a pillar of security.”
“We are not candidates of UN for security. We defeated Joseph Kony and other rebels who tried to challenge us. Look across Africa, in countries like Congo, people are dying like flies,” he said adding that “UN is there supervising chaos and conserving terrorism.”
Crime level in Uganda is moderate though robberies and burglaries have been on the rise. Insecurity has become a political issue.
“Uganda cannot settle down if we do not settle the ideological direction of the country.
“UPDF has been able to provide security of Uganda and some of our brothers in the neighboring countries with a budget of $439m a year.
“If you compare with the defense budget of other countries, ours is too small.