Museveni slams West's action on Libya

2011-03-22 11:51

Kampala - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday denounced the West's military action against the regime of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, terming it hypocritical and urged negotiations to end the turmoil.

Museveni accused the West of double standards over imposing a no-fly zone on the north African country while other Arab nations were also being shaken by popular revolts.

"I am totally allergic to foreign, political and military involvement in sovereign countries, especially African countries," Museveni wrote in a statement published in the state-owned New Vision daily.

"The Western countries always use double standards. In Libya, they are very eager to impose a no-fly zone. In Bahrain and other areas where there are pro-Western regimes, they turn a blind eye to the very same conditions or even worse conditions."

"The actions of the Western countries in Iraq and now Libya are emphasising that might is right."

Museveni also wondered why appeals to the United Nations to slap a no-fly zone on Somalia - where he has deployed troops for an African Union mission - had gone unheeded yet it is home to al-Qaeda-linked rebels blamed for regional instability.

"Why? Are there no human beings in Somalia similar to the ones in Benghazi? Or is it because Somalia does not have oil which is not fully controlled by the Western oil companies..."

Opposition accusations

The Ugandan leader is on a five-member AU high-level panel on Libya and called for negotiations between Kadhafi and the rebels to end the unrest.

"Colonel Gaddafi should be ready to sit down with the opposition, through the mediation of the AU, with the opposition...," he said.

Museveni himself has faced opposition accusations of fraud and calls for mass protests after elections in February extended his 25-year-old rule, putting him among Africa's long-serving leaders.

The former guerilla leader seized power in 1986 and had received military assistance from Gaddafi. But Museveni criticised the Libyan opposition for not fighting on on their own without help from the West.

"If the Libyan opposition groups are patriots, they should fight their war by themselves and conduct their affairs by themselves.

"After all, they easily captured so much equipment from the Libyan army, why do they need foreign military support? I only had 27 rifles. To be puppets is not good."

  • Point Blank - 2011-03-22 12:11

    Dude, where is your condemnation of civilian massacres in Libya? Typical, as soon as the West respond it's about oil. If the don't respond then the world ask why not.

      CHARLES MEJAH SAIDI - 2011-03-22 12:36

      yes of coz why not somalia,zimbabwe but libya ? it's all about oil.

      Mundau - 2011-03-22 12:43

      And you think it's better if those people are killed by the West. Surely the bombs they are launching in Libya are taking lives as well. How about a diplomatic solution instead of making innocent people suffer? How about imposing a no-fly zone in Ivory Coast? i'm surprised at the quick reaction in Libya Blank.

      za101 - 2011-03-22 13:39

      Mundau theres no fly zone over ivory coast or somalia because african leaders do not worry about their own poeple. and there has been no evidence of deaths by the west as yetr. They surely will be and that is wrong.But Libya is not showing the casualties or the injured. The Libyan government is saying people are killed, but preventing journalists from going to hospitals, morgues, grave yeards, attend funerals, speak to eyewitnesses, inpsect damage etc This seems starnge becuase gadaffi would ant to show the world the evils of the wets.

      WillowI - 2011-03-22 15:56

      Don't see the problem - this is actually a great development - in the past African leaders all refused that the UN and the West get involved in 'African' problems. Whether it is about 'OIL' I don't care(I fully agree with that part of your statement). However by now we have had the Arab nations ask the UN to get involved and now another African leader is asking for non-selective intervention in other African countries. This is great - the wheel has almost turned full circle. The UN can from now expect Africa to slowly accept that it is part of the globe and therefore stop pointing at those 'Imperialist Western' countries. Much better in my honest opinion.

      john - 2011-03-23 10:53

      Shows you what sick F*(&^% Ghadaffi and his henchmen are......but wait....are they not great friends with the sick F%^&*^% in the South African government?????

  • Naphtaly - 2011-03-22 12:20


  • ludlowdj - 2011-03-22 12:27

    of course you are my friend, but only because it means that the "Colonists" won't stand to one side and keep quiet while you commit genocide on your people. As a Government you are accountable and you will personally pay for the horror you inflict on your citizens. Zimbabwe and South Africa, take note and learn the easy way, your alternative is to be hunted like the animals you are.

      jontheb - 2011-03-22 12:59

      ja boet, but the problem is with their being selective. Why no action in Chad or Darfur? Why no action in Zim? Why the sudden acceleration of military attacks instead of no-fly zones? Why not just put a carrier off their coast, like the states has done to China in the past?

      Ingwe - 2011-03-22 16:36

      Jontheb why does the AU not do anything after all we are talking about African countries. Which part of coast of Zim or Chad are you going to put the carrier off, they are land locked.

  • vandermerwe.martin - 2011-03-22 12:37

    All Africans will slam the UN invasion, every single African is a criminal anyway and will not have his brother reprimanded in any way

      Stan - 2011-03-22 13:35

      this is correct observation. Zimbabwe and Uganda should stop critising the West. It is said that those who rule by the sord die by the sord. History will tell

      za101 - 2011-03-22 13:42

      botswana and mauritius are mpy criminals

  • Gareth - 2011-03-22 12:40

    "Museveni also wondered why appeals to the United Nations to slap a no-fly zone on Somalia - where he has deployed troops for an African Union mission - had gone unheeded yet it is home to al-Qaeda-linked rebels blamed for regional instability" Sorry ho has double standards? "I am totally allergic to foreign, political and military involvement in sovereign countries, especially African countries,"He says he is allergies but then sits in wonder as to the negative response to HIS appeals for western involvement...Or is it just me??? African basket-case (cut,paste and repeat).

  • thea.smit - 2011-03-22 12:54

    Idiot! Must be because you have some dictator blood running through your own veins!

  • Thembisile - 2011-03-22 13:02

    I wonder how long has Museveni been in power, until african leaders hold one another accounatble the status quo will remain unchanged, but then again how does a dictator hold another dictator accountable, they have nothing to offer but wage war againts their own poeple who put them in power, african leaders are drunk with power, corruption, political decay, what is it about them that they overstay their welcome on the presidential sits. It is just old men who have nothing without leadership positions and they are willing to kill this continent to stay in power.

      The-man-who - 2011-03-22 13:12

      Thembisile, don't you honestly see that this is all about oil in Libya? The western countries are the one who are greedy bastards who will stop at nothing to own all oil riched countries in Africa and the middle east.

      WillowI - 2011-03-22 16:12

      @theman - name me one oil rich African country that is 'OWNED' by a Western country (in other words the Western country selects the government and runs the government).And for all the 'OIL Conspiracy theorists' - the world is lessening its demand on oil because of world climate change. There are already entire towns in Germany that run off wind and solar power. All that now needs to be done is to cap the world Population - then the demand for 'OIL' will drastically decrease. But that is an entirely different problem to solve and the crux for most world issues.

      BLACKMAMBA - 2011-03-22 17:35

      @willow, there is some truth in what the man is saying. *patrice lubumba was killed by the CIA so that mobuto could be the president.why?diamonds.fact ,the west is always trying to influence african countries for their benefit,like zimbabwe(tsvangarai). BP messed up in america recently with their offshore drilling(gulf of mexico) and they(BP) did admit influencing the government about megrahi Release. willow ,u are not thinking straight ,how long do you think its gonna take b4 the whole world is running fully on electric car/solar power?we looking at over 50 to 100 years. lastly ,crude oil from libya is low on sulphur and its destined for europe because of less polution.

  • BoneCollectR - 2011-03-22 13:02

    Hola mSeven!!! You are the hypocrite you call evryone else, for saying you are "allergic to" bla bla blah and simultaneously state that you have sought the West to step into the Somalia crisis... What a cookie! @News24, is it Kadhafi, Gaddafi, Ghad...? Sh!t, yu no wut... jes' foggit it!

  • bill - 2011-03-22 13:19

    This shining beacon of democracy should hand back the money gaddafi gave him.

  • PMG - 2011-03-22 13:26

    Who cares if it about oil,so what.One less tin pot African dictator - fantastic news,the west must get rid of them all,including our corrupt ANC government.All African leaders are becoming very nervous - GO USA,GO COALITION.

  • Christiaan - 2011-03-22 13:54

    It is funny how african leaders want "the west" to leave them alone untill they need money for something

  • Carl - 2011-03-22 13:55

    Bomb the bastard...he killing his own people! Stop! now WE killing his own people, he saving bullets!

  • BLACKMAMBA - 2011-03-22 14:31

    as much as museveni is a dictactor,what hes saying is the truth.BP admitted lobbying the British government over a prisoner agreement with Libya. subsequently,megrahi pulled a shabir shaik on us and since then, hes been spotted playing golf in tripoli....... yesterday ,the saudi police shot at protesters and the west is keeping mum

      stephen scott - 2011-03-22 16:27

      I was not happy when i heard they'd let the terrorist out, for money. I hope some of those bombs have "Hello from the people of Lockerbie" on them.

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