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Museveni Warns Salva Kiir, SPLM on Use of Force; Accuses Western Powers of Fuelling DR Congo Violence

Museveni Attacks Western Powers for 'Killing Patrice Lumumba'

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Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni has called on South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) factions to shun the use of force, and blasted European powers for fuelling violence in the DR Congo.

On Thursday, Museveni addressed the SPLM National Liberation Council Meeting at the Freedom Hall in Juba.

SPLM council leaders in the meeting. Courtesy Photo
SPLM council leaders in the meeting. Courtesy Photo

Museveni Warns Kiir, SPLM against Use of Violence, Force

“My appeal to the leaders of SPLM is to drop violence as a means of conflict resolution,” said Museveni.

“Force should be reserved for the enemy. A disagreement among brothers should not be resolved through force.”

Museveni described force as surgery which “should be the last resort to removing a tumour”.

“If you use the knife to cut anyhow, you cease to be a surgeon, you become a butcher.”

Museveni during the meeting
Museveni during the meeting

The president reminded SPLM leaders that “revolutionaries should know that violence is only for enemies”.

“What enmity is there among the people of South Sudan?” wondered Uganda’s three-decade president.

Museveni called for dialogue “whatever the political differences”.

He also revealed that “some people have been coming to Uganda” saying “they want to start a war because Salva Kiir is being controlled by some elders”.

Museveni advised dissatisfied parties to prove their point in elections, not violence.

“If there is mismanagement, work for peace then prepare for elections,” counselled Museveni.

“You then resolve everything through the vote. Use the ballot to punish those who have misbehaved.”

Museveni shakes hands with Kiir
Museveni shakes hands with Kiir

Museveni Accuses Western Powers of Fuelling DR Congo Violence

Museveni called for support of Africa’s “forward-lookin’ parties such as the SPLM, adding that “unlike the Western world, where society is horizontally stratified, in Africa we are dealing with pre-industrialist societies with vertical interests”.

“Some of these parties like SPLM say although society is vertically separated, the future belongs to nationalism and Pan-Africanism,” noted Museveni.

“They have futuristic ideas.”

He then blamed Western Countries of targeting DR Congo’s Patrice Lumumba and causing eternal chaos.

“In Congo in 1960, we had Patrice Lumumba whose party was forward-looking. The Western countries came in and killed Lumumba that he was Communist,” said Museveni.

“They got rid of him because he was not a puppet. They then put a puppet leader. Since then, the UN is in Congo.”

Presidents Yoweri Museveni and Salva Kiir in Juba
Presidents Yoweri Museveni and Salva Kiir in Juba

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