By Godfrey Olukya
KAMPALA, Uganda (AA) – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Friday condemned the recent coups in Africa.
In a statement issued by Uganda’s media center in the capital Kampala, Museveni said he has condemned the coup in Guinea and similar condemnation extends to coups in Mali and Madagascar.
“I have condemned the coup in Guinea because that was the latest. The same condemnation extends to the one in Mali and all others like the one that was in Madagascar,” he said.
He added that overthrowing a leader brought to power through the ballot paper is not only “ridiculous” but also “unacceptable”.
Museveni said voting by secret ballot at regular intervals addresses the substance of democracy, which means continuous and perpetual supremacy of the sovereignty of the people.
“Nobody has a right to interfere with it,” he added.
He said that even the African Union has outlawed military coups in Africa.
Museveni however justified taking up arms against some dictators like Iddi Amin Dada of Uganda who came to power through a coup in 1971 and was overthrown in 1979.
“Iddi Amin and his fellow dictators in Africa were almost the agents of anti-African interests,” he said.
Besides Amin, he mentioned Mobutu Ngbendu Wa Za Banga of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo, Akwasi Amankwaa Afrifa of Ghana, Jean-Bedel Bokassa of Central Africa Republic and Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda as reactionaries and puppets of foreign interests.
Questioning those staging coups, he asked them to explain what right they have to interfere in the destiny of the continent?
Praising the ousted leader of Guinea Alpha Conde, the Ugandan president said he belonged to the tradition of African freedom fighters and supported the federation of West Africa.