Many Sides of Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, has been persistent in continuing his authoritarian reign. Throughout his nearly 40 year presidency, he has shielded Uganda from the pressure to democratize and has enforced laws that persecute the people of Uganda. Museveni is one of the longest termed presidents in Africa. From supporting anti-homosexuality laws to actively placing citizens in jail for expressing any negative opinions about the government, maintaining a tight grip on the citizens of Uganda. The evidence of his manipulation of power is everywhere.
Lately Museveni has pushed for the rewriting of some of the Ugandan constitution, particularly the sections facing presidential age limits while he is about to exceed these age limits, now well into his 70s. The opponents spoke out vociferously. The discussion of this issue even caused the breakout of physical fighting in the country’s parliament. Museveni’s vast supporters quickly spoke up about the possible discrimination against old people and how the long time President is seen as one of the wisest people in all the land and the Ugandan population should not be orphaned from his wisdom.
Museveni’s supporters have little to go on in the sense of what their President has done to improve their country. While Museveni does little to keep from trampling on human rights, he makes the effort to visit the local leaders around his country and fix minor issues facing them. Land fragmentation is a problem that contributes to the overall drought, and dividing land based on heritage limits the possibility of more productive methods. Museveni Traveled to the town of Kityerela to show the farmers there a model farm, as the president called it, that shows the successful methods of farming used to help long term poverty. Museveni does a good job of making his supporters feel as though he is watching over them. The President shows he is aware of the larger issues facing his people and frequently comments on them in the form of suggestions. Museveni’s presence anywhere seems to be the greatest gift he can give.
Although some can argue that Museveni has done positive things for his country, much of the youth under 20 making up nearly 60% of the Ugandan people, say that the President has “done his part”, and it is now time for him to move on. The majority of young people in Uganda are unemployed and have been for a long time with no help from government organizations. The Ugandan government even refused to supply schools with feminine products to help young poverty stricken schoolgirls during menstruation. Anger towards this is what landed a Ugandan schoolteacher in jail and committed to a mental institution for ranting about the President in a post to her social media.
It’s easy to see that most of the strength exhibited by Museveni is towards the goal of keeping himself in power. The chance of a peaceful transfer of power doesn’t even appear possible at this point. A majority of the registered voters in Uganda fail to even show up to vote due to the widespread lack of faith in the electoral system electing their officials. His only opposition this past election dropped out at the last minute because of the suspicion that the election itself was corrupt, urging his own supporters to boycott the election entirely. It is highly possible that President Yoweri Museveni will be able to run for reelection in 2021, continuing his reign of authoritarian control and ensuring economic misery for many.

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