A call has been made to the international community to start disassociating itself from Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who has been described as perhaps ‘the most dangerous, fraudulent and terrorist leader’ Africa has ever seen.
In an exclusive interview with The London Evening Post early Saturday morning, Sydney-based Ugandan cardiologist-aka-politician, Dr Aggrey Kiyingi said: “I think the international community should start condemning this man. The International community should stop baby-sitting the most fraudulent, dangerous and terrorist leader Africa has had in modern times.” He said the Ugandan leader who has been in power since January 1986 has covered up his crimes for so long and that the country’s opposition has now started exposing him to what he really is. Dr Kiyingi who has declared his intention to return to the country of his birth to stand against Mr Museveni in next year’s general elections, was answering questions put to him during a 50-minute interview conducted over the phone while he was at his Sydney home in Australia this morning. He said by disassociating itself from Mr Museveni, the international community will benefit both through peace and prosperity. “He has covered up for so long. He has fooled people for so long and we are exposing him for what he is and it’s time that the international community should support us in disowning and removing this man who is a cancer to Africa,” he said.
The cardiologist was answering questions regarding his failure this week to receive nomination papers from the Uganda Electoral Commission to stand for the Ugandan presidency. Dr Kiyingi further said the international community could greatly benefit if it assisted the Ugandan opposition to bring to an end Mr Museveni’s nearly 30 years in power. “It is going to benefit the international community if there’s peace, prosperity and it is going to benefit the international community if there’s someone straight forward in Uganda, he further said. He warned that the international community was ‘sitting on a time bomb’ because time was coming when the people of Uganda will not take it anymore. He said his people have sent him videos purporting to show the training of militias in some part of Buganda by a person close to Mr Museveni whose intention is allegedly to make sure Museveni emerges the winner in next year’s polls. Kiyingi said this was a worrying moment for Ugandans as the head of this militia was vowing ‘to demolish’ anyone who stood in the way of Mr Museveni’s winning the next election. “These words are very dangerous,” Dr Kiyingi said. “How are you going to do this? Are you going to start by cutting off their heads? Shoot them? That’s why I am [calling upon] the international community to come and support the Ugandan people.
Kiyingi went on to say that whatever happens, even if Museveni steals the election next year, one of these days he will have to go ‘either by force, revolution or natural means’. Continuing with his appeal to the international community to come to the aid of the Ugandan people, Dr Kiyingi said he has reliable information that at least two million foreigners have been brought into the country by Mr Museveni from neighbouring countries he didn’t want to name at this time, and placed in different areas of the country, especially Rwakitura, Mr Museveni’s hometown and given arms to help the Ugandan leader in his quest to retain power next year. Warning Ugandans to prepare to defend themselves against any provocation by the armed militia, Dr Kiyingi said: “Many of these people have been placed in Kampala and armed to the teeth. This is a precursor to genocide. We know what happened in Rwanda (in 1994). We don’t want this to happen in Uganda but it is within my duty, not only to awaken the international community but Ugandans as well, to let them know that this is happening in Uganda. It is a legitimate call to Ugandans on my behalf. It’s a legitimate call to Ugandans endorsed by natural justice, which also means they should start thinking of self-defence.” He denied he was calling for violence arguing that it was his duty to warn his countrymen that this might happen.
Kiyingi accused the Ugandan authorities of building up a situation where there was complete anarchy and dictatorship where the gagging of everybody, in particular with those with anything to do with him. Explaining the debacle on Thursday where his representatives were denied the opportunity to get nomination forms from the UEC, Dr Kiyingi said his team had checked all legal requirements needed from him to file for nomination papers and are in a position to fulfill all of them. He added that there was no law in Uganda that required him to give his envoys his identity card before he could get the nomination papers. Kiyingi said that as a Ugandan by birth who happens to reside in Australia, there was nothing under the law to stop him from filing for nomination papers to stand for the post of president. While he admitted that his Ugandan passport had expired in 2005, the fact he is yet to renew it does not, under the Ugandan laws, deter him from seeking the country’s highest office. He added that regardless of the risks he faces, he was determined to return to Uganda before next year and had in place, all the requirements he needs to stand for president.
Dr Kiyingi found it amusing that his envoys had been surrounded by heavily armed security forces when they went to seek for his nomination papers in Kampala. He accused President Museveni of creating a state of fear and terrorism amongst the populace where during the last 29 years he has been in power he has made it a taboo for Ugandans to contemplate Museveni being out of power. He added that Museveni has used his time in office to enslave Ugandans and become subservient to his military and powerful police force that he often uses to beat them up and at times kill them, putting them in so-called ‘safe houses’.
He laughed at suggestions that have recently appeared in the government-owned New Vision newspaper that he could not stand for president because he isn’t a registered voter. Dr Kiyingi told The London Evening Post that one didn’t need to show he was on the voter’s register when simply trying to get nomination papers. “This card is needed when you are actually in the process of going to vote, not when you are just seeking nomination papers,” he laughingly explained. In a message to the Ugandan security forces, Dr Kiyingi at first wanted to send messages of condolences to the families and friends of Ugandan soldiers who were killed in Somalia early this week. He then told them that they ought to be aware that history will judge them and ask them what they did when the country was being plundered by Mr Museveni through ordered passed down to them by the present leadership. He warned them that were there to be a revolution in the country, their number which is about a quarter of a million troops would not manage to stand in the way of 20 million Ugandans.