Furious Museveni hits out at Uganda's foreign donors
In a speech to international investors in this town on shores of Lake Victoria late Wednesday, Museveni demanded that rich nations stop conditioning their assistance on democratic reforms and warned Uganda would foresake such aid if they continued.
"The so-called donor countries must get out of the habit of dictating the management of our countries because this has and will lead to failures," he said.
"I do not accept someone telling me how to run Uganda because I know Uganda better," said Museveni, who has come under mounting criticism for the slow pace of reforms and his intention to amend the constitution to seek a third term.
"This paternalism of running other countries must stop. It is not acceptable and it must stop completely," he told the gathering organized by the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
In April, Britain, Uganda's former colonial master, announced it was withholding some five million pounds (9.5 million dollars, 7.4 million euros) in budget support due to concerns about democratization.
Ireland has said it is considering withholding two million dollars (1.6 million euros) in such aid on which Uganda relies for about 50 percent of its annual budget.
"You must stop dictating affairs of managing our economies," Museveni said. "Part of the problem is interference in the internal affairs of these poor countries.
He said his government was open to discussions with donors on issues of corruption and democracy but would not accept them dictating final decisions on the economic and political development of the country.
"Let people make their mistakes and give them advice but do not go beyond that advice. They tell me 'do this, if you do not do this, we will cut aid.' This is highhanded," he said.
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