President Yoweri Museveni has assured Ugandans of continued stability, saying that the attacks on police posts and security personnel in different parts of the country can be resolved.
“There has been some crime, people trying to attack police but many of them have been arrested, some have been killed and some of them when you arrest them, they are somehow influenced by bad messages. That is why I thank people who were praying against people who spread bad messages,” said Museveni.
He was speaking shortly after the National Thanksgiving Service at State House, Entebbe on Friday held under the theme; “Bearing lasting fruit” derived from the biblical teachings of John in verse 15:16. The President said that Uganda’s security structure is very strong and that there is no way those killing people can survive it.
“There is no way you can think that you can go and kill people and survive, you will not survive. And I would like to appeal to those groups who mislead these young people to really stop because those young people will die. There is a character who was killed in Kapeeka, and there is another one called Ssekimpi, he was a National Unity Platform -NUP something in Wakiso and he had been robbing, killing people a number of times but finally, the security forces got him and killed him,” Museveni told the congregation.
He explained that his appeal was on the messaging and the need for people to listen carefully to what he says since he has been in the security forces for the last 60 years. “Even if am very dull, please, listen to my dullness. Actually not 60, 62 because in 1960 I was already active. There is nothing I don’t know about this one here, this one here, no way. So, if I tell you and you think there is another way, you are going to be like the Jews. You know Jesus was born among the Jews but they didn’t believe in Jesus, they said there was another Messiah…up to now they are waiting,” the President said.
He emphasized that Ugandans’ problems like health, economy and security can all be solved but there is a need for people to listen to those who have spent some time on those issues. In his recent address to the country, President Museveni linked the different attacks at police posts to elements of the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), army deserters, active officers, and organized criminal gangs.
But in his statement to parliament early this month, the Minister of State for Internal Affairs, Gen. David Muhoozi linked the attacks to subversive activities facilitated by rogue members of security, and laxity of personnel. Besides security, President Museveni said that Uganda had in the past two years overcome issues like locusts, caterpillars, floods, floating islands, and coronavirus and that the country has also managed Ebola with no cases registered in the last 14 days.
He however said that Ugandans should not imagine a time when there are no problems but rather focus on solving them. Speaking about the current economic hardship, Museveni attributed the petroleum problem to the ongoing war between Russia, and Ukraine but quickly added that this will be solved since they have been quietly advising the parties involved.
Regarding the increasing food prices, Museveni said that this only means that farmers are getting money, and encouraged more people to engage in farming. “I want to encourage people not to be too pessimistic because am a wealth creator, am not an armchair, I am a farmer. I know what is happening in the economy. People come up to the garden to buy. If you don’t see that then you are also at fault,” he said.
The National Thanksgiving Service drew several dignitaries including foreign mission heads, Vice President Jessica Alupo, Speaker of Parliament Anita Among, Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo, Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, Cabinet Ministers, religious leaders, and MPs among others.
During the Service, First Lady Janet Museveni recounted several issues that Uganda is thankful for including the opening of academic institutions and places of worship after the COVID-19 lockdown, achievements by different sportsmen for the country, reopening of the economy and business operations, the launch of Uganda’s first satellite into space among others.
Religious leaders prayed for unity, economy, youth and children, family, and protection against Ebola and COVID-19. In his Sermon, the Rt. Rev. Johnson Twinomujuni, the Bishop of West Ankole Diocese appealed to Ugandans to live impactful lives, add value to others, serve humanity, embrace holistic education, and shun evil.