Uganda will be trending again as they busy themselves for the forthcoming elections in 2021. Controversial and flamboyant fiery youthful politician Bobi Wine will be on the ballot, alongside perennial rivals in the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni and Dr. Kizza Besigye. Naturally, when everything is of the opinion that President Museveni should retire from active politics, he on the contrary seems poised to clinch the presidential post again come 2021. At 74, he will be seeking his 6th term at the helm and tally an enviable 40 years in power after securing approval from NRM’s central executive 17 member body to represent the ruling party as the sole candidate.
With the way the country’s constitution is documented, and his multiple hands in all organs that run the republic, it will be a tall order to oust him from power.
Dr. Kizza Besigye:Veteran politician and major antagonist to Museveni rule is Dr. Kizza Besigye. He has been in the opposition as long as we can remember, but seems the incumbent president always finds ways to thwart his efforts and outsmart his every move. The politician, physician and former military officer has tried his hand to beat his old rival in 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016 all in vain as Yoweri always emerged victorious no matter how controversial and ‘cooked’ the final presidential election results. Massive rigging and disenfranchisement has been the song and order of the day, and even the country’s courts could not overrule the corrupt presented results.
He was among the force that fought alongside Yoweri in the bush back in 1981-86 and ousted Milton Obote from power, helped him get take hold power. Relinquishing that power from his firm grip has evaded many ever since, as Museveni iron grip and power play intimidates and brushes off any challenges thrown at him. Dr. Besigye has always come short, and maybe it is time to re-define and rebrand himself as a worthy presidential contender.
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine): Outspoken musician and politician is another contender, who has loudly spoken against President Museveni governance and the suffering of Ugandans under the current regime. A popular musician who began his career back in 1999 to adapt his name Bobi Wine, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has over 70 songs under his belt within the 15 years he has been in the industry.
Among his biggest hits, there is Kyarega, Tuliambala Engule and Freedom. He announced his interest in politics, having branded himself as the King of Ghetto and in 2017, he bid for the parliamentary seat for Kyaddondo East Constituency. He won with a landslide victory over his seasoned contestants: National Resistance Movement’s Sitenda Sebalu and Forum for Democratic Change’s Apollo Kantiti. He has risen in ranks both nationally and international for his style of abrasive politics, innovative political campaigns and scathing attacks against the ruling government. He already has had several run ins with the Ugandan government, culminating in him being arrested and tortured but that has not bogged him down, but rather increased his resolve for better governance. Bobi, 37 is poised for the 2021 presidential elections, and is focused on clinching the top seat against the incumbent President Museveni and other contestants.
The other contestant is Major-General Gregory Mugisha Muntu, 60. He is a former army commander in the Ugandan Forces. In 2018, he broke off from largest opposition party in Uganda (FDC) to form The New Formation Party alongside other like-minded politicians. Mugisha Muntu claimed that FDC was full of dishonesty, mistrust, in-fighting and lack of clear sight. Inside information reveals that he has ideological differences with the present party president, Hon. Hon.Patrick Oboi Amuriat. He was the preferred presidential candidate in 2012-2017 but unsuccessfully failed to beat the incumbent Ugandan president at the polls. Back in 2008, he was floored by Dr. Besigye for the presidential party candidature.
We just hope Uganda’s politics mature and the people’s political will is considered. The brutal force by the forces, rigging, open bias and threats to opposing candidates should be a thing of the past. Bobi Wine has tested the wrath of Museveni, and it will take his goodwill and courage to campaign and beat the incumbent president. Maybe it is time the opposition unite and combine their forces and resources to fight the powerful ruling regime. It has been proved all over Africa that beating a sitting president is always next to impossible. It is about time unified, progressive democracies take power and fight for the rights of their people, rather than personal ambitions and interests. Uganda has tested tyranny, corruption, broken systems and dictatorship for far too long. They deserve a lean, working, people oriented government in place. As Ugandans say: ‘Tuliyambala Engule…!’ It is time for a revolutionary change.