Responding to members of the press this afternoon, Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said he doesn’t regret referring to South Sudanese as “blue people” and shouldn’t be questioned over his comments on South Sudan.
Mr. President, your recent remarks on South Sudan has caused an online uproar. Do you regret calling South Sudanese “blue people“?.
“No, I don’t regret it. Who has the audacity to question my comment?,” the Journalists quoted Museveni as saying.
According to reports, Museveni was seen walking away and refused to take further questions from another journalist who wanted to know the ulterior motive behind the derogatory comment.
Museveni made the remarks earlier this week at the 35th NRM Victory Anniversary in Kampala, Uganda.
So far, the reason behind the statement remains obscure.
Since South Sudan descended into conflict in 2013, Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been a staunch ally of President Salva Kiir Mayardit, and the two leaders still maintain their close relationship.
South Sudanese on social media are calling on the 76-year-old Ugandan leader, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, to explicitly clarify the meaning of “blue people” and apologize to the nation for the derogatory remarks.
Responding to the insulting remarks made by the Ugandan head of state, the Press Secretary in the Office of the President, Ateny Wek Ateny, called on Museveni to shed light on his statement.
“President Yoweri Museveni himself knows that there are only the white, the Asian and the black people. We never heard of blue people. President Museveni has to explain to the world,” said Ateny Wek, presidential spokesperson.
This is not the first time the Ugandan leader, Museveni has openly insulted the people of South Sudan.
In the last few weeks, Museveni termed the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, as a laboratory for bad leadership, however, such a remark went unnoticed by the South Sudanese government.