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Speaking at the victory celebration of his re-election on Saturday Museveni says he is a Ugandan and knows what Ugandans want not for any foreigner to come and tell him what Ugandans want.

President Yoweri Musveni has blasted foreign countries over their attempt to tell him how to rule Uganda saying they must shut up.

Speaking at the victory celebration of his re-election on Saturday Museveni said he is a Ugandan and knows what Ugandans want not for any foreigner to come and tell him what Ugandans want.

He says many foreign countries say the February 18th election didn't fulfill international or regional standards and yet observer teams from some of the countries critical of the outcome of the results credited Uganda for elections.

The President's remarks followed statements made by US Ambassador to Uganda,  Deborah Malac last week that called on Government not to sacrifice the rights of its citizens in the name of maintaining stability in the country.

While speaking during a post-election symposium on youth, Democracy, and Governance Ambassador noted that although United States understands, Government's need to provide security because of its known share of threats both from within and outside the country, government has the responsibility to protect and preserve the basic freedoms of citizens.

She observed that in a healthy and democratic society, the citizens, press and the opposition are not the enemy, adding that an open political process and citizen participation in government strengthens a country.

Following her remarks government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo reacted angrily saying foreign countries like US and EU including diplomats accredited to Uganda, funded and are still funding opposition elements to cause regime change outside the constitutional framework.

He said Uganda's democracy is progressing well and that citizens are satisfied with both the pace and achievements registered so far unlike countries such as US which use raw power to project its influence and interests around the world, adding they should be the least competent to ask other nations for democratic accountability.

However during the victory celebrations, President Museveni reiterated the government position saying foreigners who think they know how to manage democracy more than him should go and rule their countries.

In the February 18the presidential election, President Yoweri Museveni was re-elected with 60.7 percent of the votes cast followed by FDC presidential candidate Kizza Besigye who obtained 36 percent.


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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.