Museveni’s invincible image diminishing-analyst


For President Museveni, this election victory is like Obote II, according to senior journalist and analyst Timothy Kalyegira.

Apollo Milton Obote was Uganda’s first Prime Minister and president.

He was overthrown by Idi Amin in 1971, but regained power after Amin’s 1979 overthrow.

In 1980, Obote organised elections which were won by his Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party.

However, the UPC’s opposition believed that the elections were rigged and this led to a guerrilla war by Yoweri Museveni’s National Resistance Army (NRA) and several other military groups.

Obote’s second period of rule was marred by repression and the deaths of many civilians as a result of a civil war known as the Ugandan Bush War.

“You win an election but many don’t believe in it,” Kalyegira compared 1980 with 2016 elections.

According to the journalist, the issue of the credibility of the election is going to hang around for a while.

President Museveni on Saturday warned foreigners after U.S ambassador publicly blasted government.

The Americans wanted a different government.

On their Twitter account, U.S embassy has been blasting the government. “Diplomacy is out of the window. They are blunt,” Kalyegira noted.

He said the Rwenzori clashes were an unfolding story with the history question at its centre.

Kalyegira says the ‪‎Rwenzori clashes somehow diminish the invincible image President Museveni has built over the years.

“We need to sit down again and reorganise the communities in the Rwenzori region.”

He said if Rwenzori clashes are tribal, what about Kapchorwa. Attempts to attack police stations have been reported in Arua and Luweero districts too.

He revealed that some people have been planning an insurrection and Rwenzori area is a fertile ground.

“Rwenzori is like Golan Heights.”

Ambassador Israel Mayengo on the other hand said the Rwenzururu king should be used in the process of returning peace to the region.

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