Today President Yoweri Museveni was nominated to run for an eighth term of office. When he wins this election, it will take him to 40 years as president, a remarkable feat. His efforts to cling to power, in spite of many promises not to, tells us very little about Museveni the man but a lot about power itself: few men find it possible to leave it easily and willingly.
It is a real disaster when the men of the cloth as the salt of the world lose their flavour
Matthew 5: 13
Last week’s Frontline show on NBSTV had Retired Anglican Bishop Zach Niringiye as one of the guests. Whereas the show was captivating as it always is, I was rather taken aback by the extent to which a man spruced up in a religious collar seemed willing to go, to make a [political] case.
Bobi Wine is being presented to us domestically and internationally as the symbol of our struggle for democracy, freedom, liberty and social transformation. Even some of our “intellectuals” are treating him as an alternative to President Yoweri Museveni. This is the pathway to disaster.
The President of Uganda, Yoweri K. Museveni, yesterday, June 4, 2020 delivered his State of the Nation Address to the Parliament of Uganda as is his constitutional obligation, beginning the fiscal year, to paint a general picture on the state of affairs in the country.
It was also the first of its kind as it was, this time, a two-venue event with the President speech being delivered from State House to the Members of Parliament via satellite in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic which requires social distancing — and, of course, being broadcast live on various media platforms to the entire nation.
How economic success has tended to create more political trouble for Museveni than comfort
Very many Ugandans are angry, very angry. They feel the country has lost direction. They argue that our politics is corrupted, our democracy in retreat, and elections are rigged. They say the economy is not growing, poverty is increasing, inequality is widening, and state capacity to deliver public goods and services has been grossly eroded. Yet the opposite is the case on almost all these issues.
In 2005, I wrote to then commissioner general of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Allen Kagina, asking how many motor vehicles they register on average per month. She replied giving me a figure of 2800.
Last year (2016), the average number of motor vehicles being registered was 12,000 per month – an increase of 330%. Meanwhile the population in 2005 was 29m. Now it is 38m, a growth of 33%. Continue reading Gedanken (Thought Experiment)→