Ugandan Dictator Yoweri Museveni, like all African Dictators, is allergic to Pro-People Constitutional Order and Democracy.
[By Dr. Vincent Magombe, Secretary Free Uganda Leadership Committee and Press Secretary FU – 09/02/2017]
Ugandan dictator Yoweri Museveni is, without any doubt, a typical African Dictator, in the same league with the likes of Yahya Jammeh, the recently deposed Gambian president, Robert Mugabe, the ailing Zimbabwean ruler who believes that an African presidency must be for life, and Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the unrepentant tyrant who has ruled the West African nation of Equatorial Guinea since 1979, thus becoming Africa’s longest-serving president.
Like all African Dictators, Museveni is allergic to any form of pro-people constitutionalism.
His natural instinct is to rape and manipulate the national constitution to suit his nakedly egotistical interests.
For Museveni, the only admissible constitutional order is one that entrenches a Museveni and Museveni-family rule. No other Ugandan citizen, in his view, has the right to become a Ugandan president. And no Ugandan must enjoy the right to choose those who govern the country’s affairs.
In the over three-decades iron rule in Uganda. Museveni has left no stone unturned in his quest to establish what has become one of Africa’s most notorious and reviled dictatorship, that thrives on extreme political persecution and the denial of constitutional rights and freedoms to the people of Uganda.
During that time Museveni has distinguished himself as a sworn anti-democracy militarist, who enthusiastically oversaw the evolution of an ominous culture of electoral rigging, and the attendant illegalities, such as bribery for votes, savage brutalization of opposition supporters, not to mention the unwarranted arrests and torture of political opponents and pro-democracy activists.
The February 2016 sham elections, which resulted in the popular election of Dr. Kizza Besigye as the ‘Peoples’ president’, followed by a military coup by Mr. Yoweri Museveni, and the incessant detentions and persecution of opposition leaders, such as Dr. Kizza Besigye and General David Sejusa, the Chairman of the Free Uganda pro-democracy platform, are a clear example of Museveni’s anti-people and anti-democratic machinations.
Never in the history of elections in post-independent Africa had a people witnessed such heinous and shameful rigging of the national vote. During the elections, Museveni and his rigging apparatus, headed by the hapless electoral commission chairman Badru Kiggundu, went into over-drive declaring non-existent results, without bothering to count the votes that had been cast by the people.
It was only in the military and police barracks that Museveni was not able to rig the elections, and, incredibly, the majority of the members of the Ugandan army and security personnel were found to have voted for Dr. Kizza Besigye and his opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party.
Unsurprisingly, after the massively rigged elections, Museveni was faced with a tricky situation whereby Dr. Kizza Besigye was widely recognized within and outside Uganda as the genuinely elected Peoples’ President.
Museveni’s response to this unexpected reality was to actualize a military coup against the constitutional order. With the help of some fanatical elements within the Special Forces Group, led by his own son Muhoozi Kaneirugaba, and an array of militia formations commanded by the ruthless police commander, General Kale Kayihura, Museveni decided to use unprecedented violence and intimidation, in an attempt to subdue the People Power Defiance that followed his military coup.
Genocide in the Ugandan countryside, and the misuse and abuse of the country’s judiciary and courts to maintain undemocratic rule:
The horrendous violence and unparalleled terrorization of the Ugandan populace was intensified, as the people’s defiance struggle spread from the capital city Kampala into the countryside.
The countrywide persecution culminated in the barbaric attack on the Western Uganda Rwenzururu Kingdom, whose subjects, like many other communities across the country, had overwhelmingly supported Dr Kizza Besigye during the February 2016 elections.
Apart from committing a genocide that took the lives of a large number of innocent civilians, including children and women, Museveni and his killer squads captured the Rewenzururu King, Wesley Mumbere, and illegally detained him in far-away detention facilities, after slapping fake charges of treason, etc, on the King and hundreds of his subjects.
In a bid to humiliate and dehumanize the Rwenzururu King, Mr Museveni ordered his security operatives to defy court orders, and re-arrest the King as soon as he was released on bail. In the meantime, Museveni sent his agents to the Kasese region where the genocide had taken place, to bury the dead in mass graves and do all they could to hide any incriminating evidence, more so after the International Criminal Court (ICC) and a number of global human rights originations were reported to have begun inquiring into the circumstances surrounding the mass killings in the royal court of Rwenzururu Kingdom.
The persecution of the Rwenzururu King and his subjects is a follow up on of similar genocidal acts committed by the Museveni dictatorship across Uganda and in even in neighbouring countries, such as DRC Congo and South Sudan.
The commission of genocide and mass repression, as tools of sustaining an unwanted dictatorship, have been a norm in the political game plays of the Museveni era. The suffering and pain suffered by the victims of Museveni repression have been immense.
No wonder, an increasing number of the Ugandan People are now engaged in a protracted struggle to free themselves of this Museveni curse and monstrosity. The successful liberation of Gambia from the barbaric regime of Yahya Jammeh, and the fall of other African dictatorships, mainly in the West African region, will, no doubt, inspire and embolden the Ugandan people in their liberation struggles ahead.
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