In its “World’s Worst Rulers” survey, Forbes, an American business magazine owned by Forbes, Inc. and published biweekly, listed Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, 6th of the World’s 10 Worst Dictators.
The magazine says it put a question to readers on Facebook and Twitter: Who are the world’s worst dictators (still in power)?
According to the findings issued on August 22, 2011, Forbes put Museveni at No.6 of the worst 10 dictators of the 21st century.
World’s 10 Worst Dictators as per 2011 survey:
On top of the list is the President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, a “Freedom fighter” turned tyrant who has served since 31 December 1987.
Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad, who inherited and continued his father’s murderous rule came second on the list.
He has served as President since 2000, when he succeeded his father, Hafez al-Assad, who led Syria for 30 years until his death.
In third place was Kim Jong-il, the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly referred to as North Korea, from 1994 to 2011.
He handed over the dynasty’s nukes to his son, Kim Jong-un, before his death.
The late Libyan leader, Col Muammar Qaddafi, came fourth on the list for leading a 41-year terror rule.
Colonel Gaddafi governed Libya as its primary leader from 1969 to 2011.
Fifth was Burma’s Senior General Than Shwe, a Burmese strongman politician who was chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) from 1992 to 2011.
In 2011, he officially resigned from his position as head of state, in favour of his hand-picked successor, Thein Sein.
Our own Kaguta Museveni, “once thought a reformer in land of Idi Amin”, grabbed the sixth position.
Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, who ruled from 1999 until his death in 2013 came in the seventh position.
Eight was the former Cuban President, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, a politician and revolutionary who served as Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and President from 1976 to 2008.
Dubbed the longest ruler, Castro retired and put his brother Raul Castro in charge.
The former Russian Prime Minister and now President, Vladimir Putin, follows in the ninth position.
He has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012 and is considered “the people’s choice”.
Ten on the list is Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Kha, the second and current Supreme Leader of Iran and a Shia Cleric.
Ali Khamenei succeeded Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the Iranian Revolution, after Khomeini’s death, being elected as the new Supreme Leader by the Assembly of Experts on 4 June 1989.
He had also served as the President of Iran from 1981 to 1989.
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been President of Uganda since 29 January 1986 (close to 30 years now).
Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled Ugandan leaders Idi Amin (1971–79) and Milton Obote (1980–85).
With the notable exception of the north, President Museveni has brought relative stability and economic growth to a country that has endured decades of rebel activity and civil war.
In the mid to late 1990s, Museveni was fêted by the West as part of a new generation of African leaders.
His presidency has been marred, however, by involvement in civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other Great Lakes region conflicts.
Rebellion in the north by the Lord’s Resistance Army had perpetuated a drastic humanitarian emergency.
In December 2014, Museveni defended Zimbabwe’s Mugabe, for pursuing life presidency.
In an interview with CNN’s Christine Amanpour in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates, Museveni said: “Africa’s leadership question is a matter of “what” needs to be done and not “who” does it” clarifying that it was a question of good ideology not overstaying in power.
“Our people still believe in us because we have solved their problems,” said a man who back in 1986 put: “The problem of Africa in general and Uganda in particular is not the people but leaders who want to overstay in power.”
Museveni among top 5 African Presidents who have overstayed in power
According to My Continent Africa website, President Museveni is No.5 of the African Presidents who have overstayed in power having ruled for over 28 years (January 1986-…?)
President Paul Biya of Cameroon has ruled for 29 YEARS (since November 1982).
President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe 31 YEARS (since February 1980).
President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos of Angola 32 YEARS (since September 1979).
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea 32 YEARS (since August 3, 1979).
Appearing on political talk show dubbed “Capital Gang” last year, Museveni revealed that it is not his intention to overstay in power but Ugandans want it so.
“I have been presenting myself to the people every 5 years and they vote for me. When I go to ask them during elections, 5 million people say no to my retirement,” he stated.
“If they didn’t, I would retire,” he clarified.
“But everywhere I go, people sing “Taju kugenda (he won’t leave, he won’t go)”.
He added: “I don’t need power or anything from anybody. I have my home…as long as there is peace in Uganda…”
Even past the constitutional 75 age limit after 2016, Museveni is ready to contest again for five more years and many more…
You can check the link here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/timferguson/2011/08/22/worlds-worst-rulers-scratch-one-now/