"Russia is a very powerful country even after the breakup of USSR. The country developed Russian technology and it can develop more. To think that you can trample on Russia like they have been trampling on other unfortunate peoples is to be very reckless and dangerous on world peace. Why do we not examine the possibility of working with Russia against common threats such as terrorism."
Museveni's latest missive on international relations - Feb 2017.
During the U.S presidential election campaigns, the then Republican candidate Donald Trump pledged to lock Presidents Mugabe and Museveni in prison if he would become the President. He clearly stated: "I want to reiterate here before America's greatest heroes that I will not condone any dictatorial tendencies exhibited by dictators around the world especially the two old men from Zimbabwe and Uganda. Mugabe and Museveni must be put on notice that their days are numbered and that I am going to arrest and lock them in Prison."
Responding to the Trump arrest threat, in January 2016 Museveni told a press conference that he was not bothered by Trump's empty talk. "I have not heard about Trump and what Trump says is none of my business. I think Mr. Trump has got enough work to do in the US. People are dying, being killed by guns. Maybe I could give him some advice on how to have peace in the USA. I didn’t even know what Trump says. He has no credentials to talk about Uganda. He has no authority. He has got enough work to do in the US: in case you are in touch with him, tell him that."
In February 2016 Museveni rigged his way to another five-year term. While at a Catholic Parish in Harare, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe remarked that "......Trump is a fool and he should go and commit suicide if he is not comfortable with President Museveni's victory."
He went ahead to urge Museveni to tell Trump that he (Museveni) was there to stay. As usual, Museveni was not being sincere; instead he had been keenly and closely following the entire Trump presidential campaign. He has now admitted this fact in his latest missive: "During the US campaigns, I noticed President Trump using the words 'convergence' rather than 'divergence' while handling international affairs."
Museveni had not expected Donald Trump to win the US presidency. His preferred candidate had been the democrat, Hillary Clinton. In November 2016, he sent him a congratulatory message: ".......we look forward to working with him as we have been working with other leaders before him,” Around late November 2016, while still recovering from the Trump victory shock, he authored a lengthy missive blaming 'western aggression' in the Middle East and North Africa for the global wave of migrants and a backlash that caused Hilary Clinton to loose the presidential race and BREXIT.
He went ahead to state: "Mr. Trump won the elections in the USA against our long time friend, Hillary Clinton. Although Hillary won the popular vote, Mr. Trump won the electoral college vote. That is their system which we must respect. He went ahead to call upon African countries to develop a mechanism that would guard against 'western encroachment'.
Two months later, he is now authoring another missive targeting Donald Trump’s relations with Russia. It is a clear manifestation of how he is seriously taking the Trump threats to dislodge him from power. Initially he had wrongly believed that Trump would not win the Presidency. Even when he did win, still Museveni thought that the threats were mere campaign rhetoric. However, given Trump's demonstrated resolve to effect his campaign promises, Museveni is justified to panic thus the most recent missive.
In both form and content, the missive portrays Museveni as being desperate, uncertain, bitter, warry, and concerned over the Trump presidency. His only consolation is Trump's alleged closeness to Putin whereby he believes the later can prevail over the former in the event that he opts to fulfil his campaign pledge of 'imprisoning dictators'. But still, given that the no nonsense Donald Trump is uncompromising and unpredictable, Museveni is not taking chances. His latest missive is an attempt to blackmail Donald Trump while at the same time seeking the attention and protection of Russia’s Putin.
Museveni fully switched to Russia around 2012. He acquired from Russia a squadron of Shukoi SU 30 jet fighters at a cost of US $700M. While commissioning this squadron at the Airforce Base in Entebbe, Museveni remarked: "The Russians work with us, they don’t mix up their politics with our politics, they just do what we agree on." Russia has been supporting the army industries at Nakasongola in the production of classified military hardwares. A Russian firm recently won the construction of Uganda's oil refinery at a cost of US $5.4M.
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