The current president of Uganda, Mr Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been in power since 1986. His recent 2021 win gave him another 5 years in office making him the longest-serving president of Uganda. If you do the math, Mr Museveni will have ruled the county for 40 years by the end of his 6th term. 40 years is quite a long time to be in power if you come to think about it.
What has the president achieved in the last 35 years?
Back in 1986, Uganda had a population of about 13 million people. Fast forward to today the country holds about 47 million people, making an increment of about 33 million since 1986.
There are a number of factors that have led to this increment. Namely fertile soils, great climate, a market-based economy, a booming Tourisim industry, political stability and a number of other factors. I think it’s fair to say that the government has done fairly well to get us to this point.
What’s Ugandas greatest challenge?
The majority of Ugandans are discontent with the presidents desire to remain in power for more than 35 years.
What could eventually happen in the near future?
After being in power for so long we are starting to witness inefficiency in governance, economic performance and security. Many Ugandans see the current government as the face of an out of touch gerontocracy unable to meet the needs of the country’s masses of unemployed. Many believe that if a solution is not found the country is at risk of sliding into a political crisis that could eventually threaten the country’s peace, stability and economic progress.
What’s the best solution possible?
The government should hold a national dialogue with opposition leaders. This explains the rise of Bobi Wine a 38-year-old musician turned politician who set a challenge that has never been seen by opposition leaders of the past. Foreign intervention should encourage reforms to partisan police force, stop postponding local elections and initiate broad constitution on land reforms.
Personal experience and hope for the future.
I woke up today and I was able to reflect on what I have achieved over the past 20 years just like other fellow Ugandans. Its something I had taken for granted until, I turned on the news the other day and heard about what was going on in Gaza.
I couldn’t help but wonder what living in a war-torn county must feel like.
The resistance from Ugandans has clearly shown how unpopular our president has become. Even though some have gained financial freedom and independence, the majority of the population remains vulnerable. Our only hope is that the president draws the right lessons and have the courage to make the right decision for the good of the country.