“Am Not You Servant” – Museveni to Ugandans

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President Gen Yoweri Museveni has declared that he is not a servant or an employee of anybody but a person who fights for himself and his beliefs.

“I am not an employee. I hear some people saying that I am their servant; I am not a servant of anybody. I am a freedom fighter; that is why I do what I do. I don’t do it because I am your servant; I am not your servant. I am just a freedom fighter; I am fighting for myself, for my belief; that’s how I come in. If anybody thinks you gave me a job, he is deceiving himself. I am just a freedom fighter whom you thought could help you also,” he said.

The President made the remarks in Masindi Town yesterday while presiding over NRA/M Day celebrations to mark his 31 years in power.

Dr Kizza Besigye, a four-time presidential contestant, has repeatedly said Mr Museveni, by the virtue of being president, is a servant of the people. Such views are misplaced, Mr Museveni said, backpedaling from his 1986 inaugural speech in which he said the government must be a servant of citizens.

Many of the people in the audience including government official’s  and the liberation war heroes  a were seen shaking their heads in utter embarrassment as a visibly resolute Museveni went on to qualify his point that he was a fighter of his own values and not a servant of the citizens, a predisposition which had been associated with him for very many years.

During the earlier years of his reign, president Museveni had managed to conceal his arrogance by insisting that leaders were servants of the people and not the other way round.

He had also managed to exude all-round humility by emphasizing frugality (which he demonstrated practically by buying a cheap bed at Kawempe and taking tea in a locally made Tumpeco (plastic) cup

Museveni’s Quotes

“I am just a freedom fighter; I am fighting for myself, my beliefs,..If anybody thinks you gave me a job, he is deceiving himself”.

January 26, 2017

“The sovereign power in the land must be the population, not the government. The government should not be the master, but the servant of the people.”

January 29, 1986

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