However, Museveni does not say he graduated in political economy, a subject that does not appear to have been offered at Dar at that time. That he may not have graduated can be deduced from the 1995 constitution which makes high school diploma (A Level) the minimum qualification for becoming president of Uganda. Perhaps because of a lack of university education essential as a minimum to understand the complexity of globalization, might explain why Museveni has delegated economic matters to his loyalists in the ministry of finance and the central bank that mistakenly drove Uganda deep into the Washington Consensus paradigm with all the negative outcomes such as high youth unemployment, income inequality and continued exports of raw materials.
The third mystery about Museveni is his transformation agenda. In his speeches and writings, he has stressed the urgent need to metamorphose Uganda which represents a complete change of Uganda and society like turning water into vapour. Many interpreted this philosophy to mean industrializing Uganda, creating a middle class economy and society through eradicating poverty, inequality, sectarianism and corruption. However, as time passed, practice digressed from rhetoric. Uganda has since become de-industrialized, land grabbing including by foreigners has gained momentum despite constant complaints from the natives. Illegal immigrants and refugees into Uganda and their acquisition of properties including land, easy access to fellowships to study in Uganda and abroad and finding jobs while Ugandans are unemployed, has increased at an alarming rate.
To the surprise of everyone at home and abroad, Museveni announced on April 4, 1997 that his mission “is to see that Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and Zaire [now the Democratic Republic of Congo] become federal states under one nation” (EIR Special Report 1997). To realize this mission, Museveni called for fast tracking the East African political federation ahead of economic integration as earlier agreed. He also started emphasizing catering for his children and grandchildren rather than the people of Uganda as a whole.
As Museveni struggles to hang onto power, possibly by amending the constitution and removing the 75-year age limit [he claims to be 71 now, a claim that many dispute and believe he is much older], turning Uganda into a one party state by 2021 as he has promised and forging ahead with turning the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes Region into federal states under one nation. Ugandans are now renewing their efforts to understand who Museveni is and where he is likely to lead Ugandans and our country should he stay in power for life.