In a wide-ranging interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni spoke about recent election-related violence following the arrest of opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine, the insurrection at the US Capitol, and whether he would accept the results of Uganda’s upcoming election.
“If I lost a fair election I will accept the results, of course, because Uganda is not my house,” Museveni said. “If the people of Uganda don’t want me to help them with their issues, I go and deal with my personal issues very happily.”
When asked about his reaction to the storming of the Capitol in Washington, DC, Museveni said “insurrection is an insurrection, whether in the US or Africa” and that any “extra-constitutional action is illegal and treasonable.”
Amanpour also pressed Museveni on human rights abuses in his country, especially against LGBT people who are fearful to vote in this week’s election due to a risk of being targeted at the polling stations.
Dismissing those claims, Museveni said “We think they’re deviants. They are not killed. They are not harangued. They are not persecuted. But we don’t promote them. We don’t promote and flaunt homosexuality as if it is an alternative way of life.”