In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni condemned this week’s coup in Guinea, describing it as “a step backward”. The Ugandan president said that coup leaders should face sanctions and “get out.” Museveni also discussed various other security issues related to Africa, as well as the Afghan crisis.
Speaking to Marc Perelman of Jowharin the Ugandan city of Entebbe, President Museveni condemned Sunday’s coup in Guinea, describing it as “a step backward”. The Ugandan president said that coup leaders should face sanctions and “get out.”
When asked about the Afghan crisis, Museveni said his country had agreed to temporarily resettle some 2,000 Afghans on its territory at the behest of the US government, setting aside concerns that they could pose a security threat. He added that he felt the United States had made a mistake in Afghanistan by trying to “fight other people’s wars.”
Returning to Africa, he warned that he could pull Ugandan troops out of Somalia amid infighting among that country’s leaders, something he described as “political AIDS.”
Museveni claimed that a jihadist group that took control of an oil-rich area in northern Mozambique a few months ago was linked to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan Islamist group operating in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. . He announced that he is ready to intervene militarily in that region against the ADF and is awaiting approval from the Democratic Republic of the Congo before proceeding further.
The Ugandan leader blamed Rwandan President Paul Kagame for closing the border between the two countries two years ago and denied Kagame’s claims that he was acting as the master of the region.
He also rejected criticism from international human rights groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, accusing foreign powers of meddling in “internal politics” in Uganda.
Finally, Museveni announced that an investigation into the killings of more than 50 protesters during the last presidential campaign in November 2020 would be made public and promised that those responsible would be prosecuted.
He also denied being scared at the prospect that Bobi Wine, his main rival, could win the election. He added that he was ready to talk with his rival.