By Henry D Gombya
Next year’s general election results in the East African country of Uganda are already known and will not represent the will of the country’s electorate. Ugandans are therefore being urged to mount a massive campaign to stop the elections taking place.
In an exclusive interview with The London Evening Post, Prof Eric Kashambuzi, a New York-based consultant in development issues said it has been recognised by the United Nations that an election is not an answer to people’s need for a democratic representation. “An election must be accompanied by good governance that allows people to decide their future…The way things are running in Ugandan today, I would urge the opposition in the country to come together in order to defeat Museveni.”
He said there are many Ugandans who are fed up with Museveni’s leadership but do not know where else to go. Kashambuzi gave an example of events that took place in Kenya during Daniel arap Moi’s presidency and said had the opposition not come together, it would not have been possible to remove Moi from power. He also mentioned events in Zambia where the opposition got together to unseat Dr Kenneth Kaunda. He said it was only after the opposition in those countries came together that they were able to change the leadership of those that have been in power for so long.
Having come to power saying the problem of Africa was leaders who overstayed in power, Museveni has not only managed that but has gone on to become Uganda’s longest serving leader in the country’s entire history and has already been chosen by his ruling National Resistance Movement party as the sole candidate for next year’s elections. “Even if you look at southern Rhodesia, the only way to defeat Ian Smith was for ZAPU-PF and ZANU-PF coming together. Nkomo and Mugabe coming together. He said both leaders agreed to put their differences aside and came together to enable the country move forward and end Ian Smith’s regime.