Will the Ugandan dictator, Museveni relinquish power come 14th January after a long reign?
By Kalu Idika Nwokoro, ElombahNews
As thousands of Ugandans are gearing up for the presidential election slated to hold on the 14th of January 2021, many political observers have continued to ask, will the demo-military government of President Museveni relinquish power if at the end of the day, the opposition flaws him at the polls?. Many have considered it as an impossible decision for President Museveni to make. He is a man who would rather sink everything instead of giving up power
Museveni who was born to a home of cattle farmers attended missionary schools. He is a graduate of political science and economics from the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. He became the chairperson of a leftist student group which was in synergy with African liberation movements. When Idi Amin took over power in Uganda in 1971, Museveni went into exile in Tanzania. There he founded the Front for National Salvation, which removed the regime of president Idi Amin in 1979.
Following the demolition of the regime of Idi Amin, Museveni who was one of the arrow heads of the transitional government in 1980 contested for the presidential seat which he eventually lost to Milton Obote. Though the election was adjudged to be marred with irregularities
Thereafter, Museveni and former president Yusufu Lule established the National Resistance Movement (NRM). He led the NRM’s armed group under the National Resistance Army which finally staged a guerrilla war against Obote’s government.
The resistance movement notwithstanding prevailed, and on January 26, 1986, Museveni declared himself president of Uganda. Since he was elected to the post on May 9, 1996, he has blatantly refused to relinquish power till date.
Despite the dictatorial disposition of his regime, Museveni has helped to revamp the country, providing some level of political stability, a growing economy, and an improved infrastructure. He has initiated a good number of capitalist reforms. Museveni also executed good measures to tackle AIDS. Uganda, in fact, was one of the first African nations to have recorded success combating the virus.
However, millions of Ugandans seems to be tired of the long reign of Museveni whom they have accused of intimidating and suppressing political opposition. Museveni’s growing intolerance with dissenting voices have made many political pundits to wonder if Bobi Wine, a defiant opposition leader will not be illegally booted out of the political game.
Bobi Wine, a right activist, musician and member of the Ugandan Parliament has been a strong force giving the government of president Museveni a run for their money. He has vowed to dethrone Museveni through every democratic means.
Political atmosphere is highly charged in Uganda as government security agencies keep battering and arresting members of Bobi Wine campaign train. There are also reports that live ammunition was used against his supporters in some of the cities they visited.
Indeed, considering the political antecedents of President Museveni, there is no need to hope that he will give up power if the opposition wins on the 14th of January. He would rather sink everything to maintain the political status quo.