M7 Warns West: Stop Spying On Me


capsule geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>“Stop enrolling our young officials in government to act as your agents,” Museveni told a delegation of the European Union to Uganda at State House Entebbe.

The President further named opposition’s top funder and western spy as Filipa from UK’s Conservative party who has been funding various young politicians’ foreign trips in various countries.

The President said private funding of Ugandan citizens is totally unacceptable and punishable.

“Giving Uganda officials cash, not cheque or paying through the bank is money laundering,” he told the delegates led by their boss Dr Roberto Ridolfi.

“We have reports that they invite our young Members of Parliament; give them funds which are not reported either in parliament or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is corruption, if they get money which they don’t declare. If it is to help our country, it should be reported. If it is not reported, it is looked at as some of our partners recruiting agents or spies in our country,” said Museveni.

“We don’t want embassies of our friends to recruit spies from our people. We are not hostile powers to you; neither are we your enemies, why would you recruit? This is a serious form of corruption. If you get money from foreign sources and don’t declare to IGG, Parliament or police, you are not only corrupt, but an agent.”

The meeting is part of their political dialogue with the President as agreed upon in article 8 of the Cotonou ACP-EU agreement.

The meeting is meant to foster a deeper EU-Uganda political understanding and cooperation and focused on issues such as Democracy and Human rights, Peace and Security and Economic Growth and Governance.

Other envoys present in attendance were: Marc Gedopt- Belgium, Nathalia Feinberg- Denmark,Klaus Dieter Duxmann–Gemany , Anne Webster- Ireland and Ambassador Stefano Antonia Dejak of Italy.

Others included Aline Kuster-Menager of France, ambassador of Netherlands Jeroen Verhaul, Urban Andersson of Sweden, the British Deputy High Commissioner Phillip Mani and Austrias’ Simone Knapp.

Responding to Dr. Roberto Ridolfi on the need to change the way the Electoral Commission is composed by either having the Judicial commission or an independent commission submit names from which the President can appoint members of the commission to promote consensus as part of electoral reforms before 2016, the President said while this was something to think about, it is important to know who the reformers are.

He however agreed that the priority is for gradual reform of the institution because it is a technical job whose training takes time unlike the army.

“I can’t just disband the Judiciary or the civil service overnight. If you are interested in reform in Uganda, this is where we should start. We have already dealt with the army and now the police. Before you rush to say judiciary, let us think about it,” he said.

The Dutch Ambassador expressed concern over the quality of political dialogue where most debates are fought on the streets.

The President replied “With the elections, when you win, you run a government, if not you form a coalition. This is about running a country after an election.

I can’t engage in a dialogue because we never had a minority government. The only dialogue is on the way forward on national issues,” he said.

The President said they formed an interparty forum with a rotating chairmanship but some groups refused to come, adding that this would be the best forum for dialogue.

On the UPDF’s presence in Parliament, Museveni said: “The UPDF is in Parliament as a listening post. Why are you worried about them being there? Many people in Parliament were not there when we fought; the UPDF links the past and present by exploring their history to enrich debates.”


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