President Yoweri Museveni has told the European Union envoys that paid him a visit at State House in Entebbe not to involve themselves in matters they are not well conversant with, adding that Uganda and the EU are not antagonists.
The relationship between the EU and Uganda has since depreciated in the just concluded 2021 elections in which Museveni was declared the winner.
The EU parliament recently advocated for sanctions against individuals and organizations who believed to have involved themselves in violation of human rights during the 2021 presidential elections.
President Museveni has in response told them not to involve themselves in matters that they don’t know and promised to give them a security report about the riots that took place between 16 to 19 November that left 54 people dead.
“By involving yourselves in matters that you don’t understand, even if you do understand, you should not get involved because this kind of misconduct can lead to many serious consequences and suffering of the people like it happened in some African countries,” he said.
On Thursday, the EU delegation was led by Attilio Pacifici,Per Lindgarde of Sweden, William Carlos (Ireland), Rudi Veestraeten (Belgium), Jules Armand Ania Mbossou (France), Nicolaj Itejberg Peterson (Denmark), Massimiliano Mazzanti (Italy), Mathias Schauer (Germany), Karin Boven (Netherlands) and Dr Roswitha Kremser( Austria) paid a courtesy visit to President Museveni in Entebbe and discussed a number of issues.
Speaking to the envoys, Museveni said that both sides are not adversaries and should therefore work for the benefit of their people.
“We don’t see you as enemies, remove all the diversions and concentrate on the shared goals and help one another for the prosperity of our people,”Museveni said.
The president further told the European Union to focus on building good relations with Uganda and asked them to always consult the government in case on any information needed.
President Museveni, also discussed a wide range of issues with his guests covering political, social and economic sectors reminding them the history of Africa and Europe.
Ambassador Per Lindgarde of Sweden expressed their readiness to continue supporting development programmes in Uganda.
The meeting was also attended by the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa and other senior government officials.