“If President Yoweri Museveni wins Thursday’s election, he will be serving sixth term in office after 35 years in power, which in my view is absurd and bad in a country that has a population of 46,494,464 million citizens, which only 18.1 million will be eligible to vote. We cannot deny the fact that most sub-Sahara African leaders have never be prepared for good governance, and have come into power without vision and foresight. We must rethink the consequence of electing leaders who are despotically weak in innovation, creatively handicap, and lacking in rebranding and focusing. It is time for young Africans”
-January 13, 2021, News/Comments
COMMENTARY: Ugandans will troop out amidst covid-19 pandemic on Thursday January 14, 2021 to elect their president for another four years. A country with vast natural resources such as gold, tin, and phosphate, which ordinarily has the capacity of turning the country’s fortune into economic boom. But what do we see; corruption, mismanagement and greed. This has kept the country’s growth at the edge of a knife.
Bobi win and President Museveni
The country has faced major leadership cries and civil war, torture and inhuman act during the time of the most dreadful and cannibalous leader, Idi Amin, whose taste for blood became extreme. His eight years rule was characterized by violence and killings. Mr. Amin, who died at the age of-between 79-80 suffered several multiple organ failures- a hefty, callous, and despotic leader that knew no bound of human lives because he wanted to remain in power. He overthrew the elected government of Milton Obote and declared himself superior military leader in 1971 and later became the third president of Uganda ( 1971-1979).
We cannot undermine the desperation of most African leaders, who have governed badly but wants to remain in power. A bad sinister that has not helped the continent at all. .
Now, the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, 75-year old, who is one of the longest-serving presidents in the continent of Africa under the political party of National Resistance Movement (NRM) grabbed power in 1986 at the end of a five-year civil war that resulted to poverty, and economic retardation . Although, since then, Ugandans have relatively known peace but have not achieved a total political liberation of development and growth. Mr. Museveni on his own has brought about some changes in health sensitization like total decline in spread of HIV, and more recently his harsh policy on lockdown to curtail the deadly Covid-19 – closing down schools, businesses, banned vehicle movement and imposed mandatory public mask use since last year.
Uganda has so far recorded fewer than 40,000 infections and around just 300 deaths from the virus as reported by Johns Hopkins University. It would interest you to know that in the Western part of his country, Museveni is generally admired and loved, and seen as the new face of African generational leader while most of his opponents described him as a leader who is desperately and authoritatively in love with power and can do anything to eliminate any stumbling blocks considered-a threat.
It could be recall that President Museveni have always had it hot with his long time opposition leader Kizza Besigye, who was arrested numerous times and decided not to run again for the presidency in 2021, even as Mr. President enjoys huge supports in local communities, which is a factor in grassroots political victory.
This year’s election will be very significant because 10 candidates will be struggling it out with the incumbent president. Among the ten- the main challenger is a pop musician star, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known by a stage name Bobi Wine, who has been arrested severally by the government of Uganda because of his massive young support across the country. Ssentamu is a 38-year old young man with strength and energy, who gained fame in the early 2000 before he won election into the parliament in 2017.
The East African pop star has remained resolute to his presidential ambition. How he intends to achieve this in less than 48 hours is what the world await. He strongly believes that Mr. President is afraid of the people’s massive support for him while Mr. President has also accused Bobi Wine of being a foreign agent of those “who don’t like the stability and independence of Uganda” and said that opposition figures are misleading young people to get involved in violence on the campaign and further stated that Bobi has called for a revolution” against his government. Confirmed in twitter “WeAreRemovingADictator”.
Meanwhile, one of the recent Radio programmes, challenger Bobi was quoted as saying that soldiers invaded his home while on radio interview and accused the president of using the military to arrest his guards. “I can see soldiers beating my security guard,” BBC news had also reported that the incident comes two days before Ugandans vote in a general election following a campaign marked by violence which has killed dozens of people.
If President Yoweri Museveni wins Thursday’s election, he will be serving sixth term in office after 35 years in power, which in my view is absurd and bad in a country that has a population of 46,494,464 million citizens, which only 18.1 million will be eligible to vote. We cannot deny the fact that most sub-Sahara African leaders have never be prepared for good governance, and have come into power without vision and foresight. We must rethink the consequence of electing leaders who are despotically weak in innovation, creatively handicap, and lacking in rebranding and focusing. It is time for young Africans”. It is time for young Africans to form an alliance of –a blueprint to legally take over power from old fashion of leadership. This can be done by a continuous sensitization of people both in the rural-Urban areas, forming unions, providing aides when needed and providing a free-level zone to brainstorming and execution of branded political ideas and realization.
Mark C.Orgu is public affairs analyst and an author ( send your reactions to email@example.com)
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