Prof Kashambuzi writes:
Because some Ugandans focused solely on removing Obote from power, they never thought about the character of who would replace him. For them any leader was definitely better than Obote. Museveni got this message and after the 1980 controversial elections which Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) under the leadership of Obote won, he offered his military services to topple Obote. Museveni was warmly received in parts of Uganda against wise counsel. He launched a five-year Luwero Triangle guerrilla war, during which half the population in this area lost their lives, to topple Obote and hand over power to Paul Ssemogerere or another leader of the Democratic Party (DP) that is believed to have been robbed of victory by UPC.
When the National Resistance Army (NRA) captured power in 1986, the expectation of installing a Democratic Party leader as president of Uganda was dashed when Museveni was sworn in as the next President until the end of 1990. Promises were made that after 1990, the next president would be a Catholic and leader of DP. That has yet to happen. Since 1996, Museveni has renewed his presidential mandate in externally imposed regular elections conducted at gun point and embarked on programmes that went against national interests like land grabbing by foreigners and the awarding of fellowships to non-Uganda students. Ugandans have now begun to wonder who Museveni really is, focusing on three mysteries: his place of birth, education background and content of his agenda.
Museveni’s place of birth has remained mysterious. Some believe strongly that he was born in Rwanda, others that he was born along the border between Uganda and Rwanda. Yet others that he was born in Uganda but disagree where exactly in Uganda. Some say he was born in Ntungamo; others in Mbarara. Those who are benefitting from his government don’t see the purpose of pursuing this matter. On the other hand, those who see the Tutsi/Banyarwanda benefitting disproportionately, think that this is happening because Museveni himself is a Tutsi from Rwanda.
The second mystery is Museveni’s university education. It is true that Museveni was admitted at the Dar es Salaam campus of the University of East Africa. But what he studied there and graduated in or not, have remained mysterious. He is variously reported to have studied economics and political science, graduating either in economics by some commentators or in political science by others or in economics and political science by yet others. Museveni himself has stated that he studied political economy (Yoweri K. Museveni 1990, Africa Forum Volume I. No. 2. 1991, Uganda Yearly Review 1993).