KAMPALA — President Yoweri Museveni has said former Uganda leaders including Idi Amin showed cowardice, laziness, lack of self-confidence and insecurity by killing their opponents when they criticised their governments over several atrocities.
Speaking on Saturday night, Museveni said, unlike Amin, for him, he doesn’t fear criticism because he can counter-argue his critics.
“Killing people who are not armed is laziness…It means the killer doesn’t have enough confidence that they will win an argument. That is why they want to silence them,” said Museveni.
Museveni said that his party, NRM does not believe in assassinations of opponents.
“The NRM doesn’t believe in revenge,” said Museveni in during a Saturday night address, which he claimed that NRM’s human rights record is incomparable to any other in the world.
“We don’t believe in assassinations of opponents. Why should I kill them? By killing him, it means his argument is so powerful, and I have no option but to do away with him,” he said.
He said for long, the NRM has only fought and defeated the opponents politically.
“We even didn’t want to kill Amin or Obote; at one time, I saved Tito Okello from being killed here at the Nile Mansions,” he said.
Museveni strongly warned security forces against acts of torturing and manhandling Ugandans
“Torture can cause someone to admit to committing a crime because of fear even though he didn’t do it,” he said.
This, he said, will cause the real criminals to continue their crimes because the security forces chose the wrong target.
“Do not damage our legitimacy, history and achievements,” he added.