This is the second time in a period of four years that the Ugandan leader has spoken publicly about how he saw his role in the Ugandan guerrilla war that brought him to power. During an interview with the BBC Hardtalk programme in 2012, Mr Museveni told the anchor Steven Sackur that he was in the liberation struggle for himself, his family and grandchildren. There are question galore now as to who pays for his wages and the jet lifestyle that enables him to travel the world in a private jet the purchase of which had first to be voted through by the Ugandan parliament.
In the 39 years this writer has written about Africa, not a single African dictator or other form of politician has ever had the courage to say they were working for themselves and not for the people who voted them into power. Only the late Godfrey Binaisa QC, the fourth Ugandan president, had the guts to say what everyone knows that most African leaders are reluctant to leave power when he said the seat of power is ‘so sweet’. While Museveni came to power in 1986 claiming the problem facing Africa was leaders who overstayed in power, he has since changed that to mean those who overstay in power without being elected.
The comments about not being a servant or an employee of anybody came as he was trying to encourage Ugandans to work more towards being employers, rather than always waiting for someone else to employ them. urging every family to try and run a business on their own land by planting items they can use for consumption while leaving enough space to cultivate others they can offer for sale. He promised that his government would help those families who show signs of starting their own businesses.