Addressing the country on Thursday at State House Nakasero on Covid-19 and the security situation, Museveni said all those arrested or killed in the recent past were legitimate targets for getting involved in activities that are aimed at destabilizing the country.
President Museveni inspecting parade at Kololo
Museveni has said that security personnel are not deliberately targeting
Muslims in his government’s ongoing war on terror in the country.
the country on Thursday at State House Nakasero on Covid-19 and the security
situation, Museveni said all those arrested or killed in the recent past were
legitimate targets for getting involved in activities that are aimed at
destabilizing the country. Museveni said that the policy of the National
Resistance Movement-NRM party is not to target anybody based on their
political, social or religious beliefs.
“Many of the
Muslims in Ntungamo and Ankole were part of the wealth creators and not part of
the parasites. Don’t involve yourselves in this nonsense of saying the government
is targeting Muslims] leave the wealth creators alone. Among the wealth
creators, the relationship is symbiotic; there is no parasitism,” he said.
response follows critics on social media who said that the security forces were
now back to their properly choreographed script of arresting Muslims whenever
there has been a terror incident in the country.
Less than a
week ago, two bombs went off one at Komamboga in Kampala and another in a Swift
bus travelling to Bushenyi district. Since then, security forces have arrested several
people about the two incidents. However, so far most of those arrested at least
have Muslim names.
incidents where prominent people such as AIGP Andrew Kaweesi, former MP Ibrahim
Abiriga, Sheikh Hassan Kirya, Joan Kagezi among others were shot dead; the majority
of those arrested also had Muslim names. Museveni said he is aware that several
young people have been lured into illegal activities by those he called
parasites in the opposition with monetary support from foreign agents like
homosexuals from the United States of America.
added that recent even the Allied Democratic Forces-ADF has been attracting several
especially Muslim youths to join them and cause instability.
“One of the
boys we are hunting for, for the attempted murder of General Katumba is known
as Ubayida bin Bukenya. Imagine Bukenya of Engabi clan has now become an Arab.
He had been training in the centre of Turabi in Sudan; that group destroyed
Sudan. They emphasized identity. So such people are dangerous. How can
Bukenya of Engabi clan be an Arab? The sheikhs need to address this,” Museveni
that the attack on a pork joint at Komamboga was also religiously driven
because the attackers hated those who eat pork. “I Once told Bashir [the
former President of Sudan] that as a Munyankore my haram list [things not
allowed to be eaten] was bigger... You do different things and respect one
another and corroborate where you have a common interest. This is our land and
we shall protect it from all harmful practices,” Museveni said.
upon the public to continue being vigilant and report to the police anything
suspicious they see in their communities. He said this way, the country will
manage to overcome security challenges posed by those who want to interrupt the
country’s peace he has worked so hard for in the last 36 years.