Why Museveni’s reelection is not only destructive to Uganda’s development, but the rest of Africa

Saturday 20th February 2016, Electoral Commission declared Uganda’s next president for 2016-2021; Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. 

Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya took to Twitter to congratulate Museveni on his “win” and stated: 

Leave alone the falsity of the first sentence. Let us focus our eyes on the word in the second: “choice”. The word choice, suggests freedom. The word choice, suggests expression. The word choice suggests being in control. 

Now. Tell me Kenyatta, does rigging elections again and again, to stay in power for over 30 years, suggest any sense of choice to you? 

While I appreciate that politics is not always black and white, and people are entitled to their political preference. With regards to #UgandaDecides, it does not get any more clear cut.

Here stands a man, swearing in, in 1986 and currently cheating his way through elections in 2016. I pose this question to Museveni: If the majority of people in Uganda really wanted you as their President, why are you so intimidated to the extent that you must cheat, in order to win? 

Dr. Kizza Besigye, leading opposition, was arrested so many times this week, I lost count. And for what, was he being arrested? Because he is a threat? To what? To whom, moreover? To the Museveni’s Presidency? Is that illegal? 

You do not have to be Ugandan to empathise with the people of Uganda, because political corruption is prevalent throughout Africa. President Kenyatta, through his endorsement of Museveni’s reelection, sends out the message that it is okay to be corrupt. It tells citizens of corrupt nations that they are powerless. It reinforces a master-slave complex where your freedom is not just infringed upon, but gone completely. 

How can Africa as a nation, begin to develop economically and socially, when there are countries like Uganda where its presidential elections display a blatant disregard of the fundamental human right to vote? Not only that, but also the removal of freedom of expression through censorship – Internet was blocked for days, with popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter having become inaccessible and Mobile Money for unknown reasons too. It was claimed this was done for security reasons, but after Ugandans soon sought to downloading VPN, the exposure of corruption became evident. Is this what Museveni wanted to protect us from? From images of pre-ticked ballots perhaps, in none other than the incumbent’s favour? 


Uganda is experiencing a dictatorship – a military one, some would say. The election figures did not add up. Places where 400 or so had registered, 700 voted in favour of Museveni. 


It seemed this young man’s “irrational” fears, may not be so irrational after all. Perhaps even the dead voted too? 

While the inaccurate and fraudulent results (fact) have been released and Museveni has been declared President, I for one cannot recognise him as such. 

Had Museveni left at least 10 years ago, many Ugandan’s could have appreciated the peace he retained in Uganda following the violent military regimes of Idi Amin and Obote. I have spoken with many who commended him on having done a great job of creating peace and maintaining it after all that Uganda had been through. But having resorted to corrupt political behaviour, stagnating progress in Uganda in so many aspects and overstaying, Museveni has brought about his own downfall and is the only one to blame for ruining his own reputation. 

Sadly, when he finally leaves (I’m not sure if he’s aware of this, but he cannot rule Uganda forever), he will most likely be remembered for the oppression, corruption and injustice he brought upon the many people of Uganda. 
All I wanted, and I speak for many, was change in Uganda. Museveni has seen to this not happening. What lies ahead is unknown, but we must not lose hope. If the people of Uganda have spoken at all, it is for CHANGE.


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