People financing riots want to damage Uganda's economy - Museveni

Friday August 24, 2018


A day after Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi was freed by the General Court martial and then charged with treason at Gulu Chief Magistrate's court, President Yoweri Museveni has written another letter to Ugandans addressing some of the issues that have been raised.

He says there are people financing riots to damage Uganda's economy which is finally taking off.

Read Museveni's letter

Countrymen, Countrywomen and Bazukulu.

Greetings again. Yesterday while talking about the Security forces and the Bobi Wine group, I made reference to financiers of rioters who hope to damage the economy of Uganda which is, finally, taking off by developing fast.

I referred to the fact that the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Trade of Kenya told me recently, during the visit of the Kenyan Deputy President, that, in recent months, Uganda has been exporting more to Kenya than Kenya has been exporting to Uganda. I asked him to send me the figures and they are here below:

Uganda Kenya
Jan 2018: $186m $96m
Feb 2018: $149m $121m
March 2018: $115m $132m
April 2018: $131m $92m
May 2018: $228m $132m

Except for March, in all the other months, Uganda has been exporting more to Kenya than the other way round.

On the issue of releasing the people on remand, it is only the Courts or the DPP that can cause the freeing of these people. The President can only come after the trial and convictions.

Then, the President can exercise the prerogative of mercy. Before that the President is not empowered to do anything.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni