You don't own the army, president told
20 January 2015, 20:23
Kampala - The leading opposition party in Uganda, FDC has lashed out at president Yoweri Museveni for referring to Uganda Peoples Defense Force UPDF as his army.
They have also criticized Museveni for calling the opposition in the country wolves.
Over the weekend, while addressing rallies in western Uganda, Museveni said that he can not hand over power to the members of the opposition because they are wolves who are doing nothing toward the development of the country.
He also referred to the highly disciplined army as his, saying that he took over a country which was under a failed state.
FDC spokesman, John Kikonyogo was angered by the statements.
" It is not true that the army belongs to Museveni as he claims. That is why it is called Uganda Peoples Defense Force. It is we Ugandans who pay for whatever the army uses," he said.
He warned Museveni against saying that the army is his because it is unconstitutional. On referring to them as wolves, Kikonyogo said it was unfortunate.
''Museveni is the custodian of morals in the country but it is unfortunate if he starts calling us wolves. He should not tell people that the opposition is not helping him to the develop the country, because he is the leader of the government," he said.
Kikinyogo said that it is Museveni's duty to develop the country and he is even paid to do that. He added on that Museveni has to be the custodian of respecting others and also be an example to the young generation other than abusing opposition leaders.
Museveni's statement reportedly brought uncertainty among the people especially those in the opposition but the ruling party's senior cadre, Luis Odong supported Museveni's utterances.
" Before Museveni came to power, we had a hopeless army which instead of protecting civilians, molested the wananchi. It is Museveni who has built up a modern respected army," he commented.
On referring to the opposition as wolves, Odong said that Museveni is right because members of opposition are selfish and always looking for what to criticize instead of helping to plan for development.
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