President Museveni has stated that coups are not the answer to Africa’s issues, and that they may exacerbate the situation.
The president stated in a statement on military coups in Africa released on Friday afternoon that while he doesn’t know the ideological positions of the coup-makers, evidence suggests that many of them aren’t part of the freedom fighters.
“The African Union has taken some positive steps toward achieving some of our five strategic objectives. The OAU aided Africa’s decolonization by establishing the Committee of Nine, which coordinated the anti-colonial armed campaign, according to Museveni.
The African Union outlawed coups after accepting and implementing the Continental Free Trade Area as one of the strategic goals of African freedom warriors to assure prosperity, according to the president.
“Who are you, then, to stage a coup against the AU’s decision?” Museveni inquired, “Whose interest are you serving?”
Museveni condemned the coup leaders of being arrogant when giving orders to former officials in the ousted president’s cabinet, speaking directly about the recent coup that resulted to the removal of Guinea President Alpha Conde by the Special forces led by Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya.
“The audacity of these guys astounded and amused me. When inviting former government ministers and others, one of them said that if they do not show up, they will be considered to have declared rebellion!! Really!! Politicians, in particular, have the right, if not the obligation, to say “No” to whatever they don’t agree with. Saying “no” also means declining to attend meetings that have been scheduled. “It is a nonviolent manner of expressing one’s dissatisfaction,” Museveni explained.
“It is the organizer’s responsibility to come see why I did not attend the called meeting and, if possible, to discuss and cure the grievance. Declaring that peacefully boycotting a meeting is rebellion indicates that you may be a fascist.”
This is incorrect.
President Yoweri Museveni has stated that coup leaders do not have the authority to interfere with the continent’s fate by deposing presidents and governments.
“It is commendable that the African Union agreed to the bare minimum of prohibiting coups. The freedom fighters, who have not always gotten along well among themselves but must reject flunkeyism, should have no trouble electing leaders who do not share their views.”
“An election is defined as a one-person, one-vote secret ballot election held at regular intervals. This is the bare minimum that they’ve all agreed on, and it’s a good one. We should accept the leadership of those who do not share our viewpoints if they do not engage in extrajudicial killings, and peacefully oppose their incorrect opinions. The position of one person, one vote, via secret ballot, at regular intervals, is a solid starting point since it addresses the essence of democracy, which is the people’s ongoing and eternal domination. Nobody has the authority to interfere.”
Museveni’s statement came just weeks after Guinea’s leader, Alpha Conde, was overthrown by the military.
It was the fourth coup in West Africa in less than a year. Since August 2020, there have been two military takeovers in Mali and a failed attempt in Niger.
After altering the constitution in March of that year to allow him to run for another term, the 83-year-old president won a disputed third term in October 2020.
Several individuals were killed in conflicts with security forces during protests against Conde’s third term.
Conde was one of the world leaders present during President Museveni’s inauguration earlier this year.