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Museveni silent on Uganda-Rwanda conflict, disturbing-Opposition

Kyanika, one of the border crossings on the Uganda-Rwanda border

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Members of the opposition have said that President Yoweri Museveni’s silence on the ongoing conflict between Uganda and Rwanda is a disturbing development.

They argue that President Museveni’s State of the Nation address, delivered this evening, was inadequate and merely ceremonial because it left out key issues that Ugandans wanted to hear.

Kasese Woman MP Winnifred Kiiza says that the president did not talk confidently about the country’s security and tactfully avoided mentioning the conflict between Uganda and Rwanda, that are bothering Ugandans.

Kiiza also said when it comes to accountability, the president failed to give Ugandans a detail of where we were last year and where we are today.

The Leader of the Opposition, Betty Aol Ochan says they needed to hear about the progress made on the dialogue between Uganda and Rwanda. She argued that omitting the issue and several other lapses, made the address inadequate.

Also concerned about the Rwanda question is Francis Mwijukye, the Buhweju County MP who said that avoiding the matter left Ugandans guessing on the next step after months ignore bickering between the two neighboring countries.

Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak South MP says Museveni did not come out clearly on education, and issues of land rights. He says Government is currently favoring investors compared to locals.

Olanya adds that as long as the president remains silent on his succession plan, he is doing a disservice to the country.

National Resistance Movements Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba however says the President was spot on in the address. She says the capitalization of Uganda Development Bank is a great thing, but also the assurance on security was a good form of update for Ugandans.

Outgoing National Youth Chairperson Lilian Aber says the Presidents state of the nation address was balanced and focused more on income for the locals and the growth of the economy.

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7 comments

  1. Begumisa Cosmus

    Amend the

  2. Saddened Ugandan

    What conflict? There is no conflict. Those suggesting otherwise need to be closely examined on their motives as instigators. Uganda and Rwanda remain brothers and sisters who have seen very many things together, eaten and shared together even in times of lack, wept and sobbed over very many things together, quarelled together as brothers and sisters are known to quarell together, and have risen above very many things together, we have even bled and died together… things of blood are not simple things. Those responsible for this temporary situation will be exposed and things will surely be resolved and we will march forward together with a stronger shared purpose. Those enjoying this current unfortunate situation will be monitored and observed, and their motives will be exposed. Uganda and Rwanda are not neighbours by accident… it is part of God’s plan that we are neighbours, and we can confirm this from historical events. Stop adding fuel to fire for silly selfish short sighted reasons. Africa will unite and Uganda and Rwanda will show the way. We will overcome whatever obstacles those who want us to fail have engineered, we shall turn colonial borders back into the useless insignificant tools of division they have been, and we will draw more respect and envy as driven partners for development in the region. Amen.

  3. I am tired with the people who always never appreciate m7

    I have never even tested any m7’s money but I am not even complaining.

    I am 24 years old not stop in s.6 not doing any work now.

    I tried to join updf but they sent me away because they wanted some money from me but I was not having.

    But what I know is museveni is not the problems but the problems are people under him

  4. I am tired with the people who always never appreciate m7

    I have never even tested any m7’s money but I am not even complaining.

    I am 24 years old not stop in s.6 not doing any work now.

    I tried to join updf but they sent me away because they wanted some money from me but I was not having.

    But what I know is museveni is not the problems but the problems are people under him yes

  5. The onus to open the boarder lies with Rwanda because its the one that closed the boarder, blackmailed Uganda all over the media, while Museveni diplomatically addressed their concerns through a letter. Its up to them to open or leave it closed, after all Uganda has alternatives to trade.

  6. The president of Uganda is genius, so Mr kagame should settle issues and favor the East African federation

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