Museveni is still in power because of elections
If you analyze the social-political situation of Uganda it is ironic. Dictator Museveni is still in power because of elections. He is still there because he understands greed very well.
By giving the 45.000.000 Ugandans the opportunity to fight over 532 MP positions (who live the lifestyle of the rich & famous) + hundreds of other low-paying LC positions, he gives them the illusion of freedom.
Every 5 years the brightest, most hard-working, best individuals Uganda has to offer fight each other for one of those rare MP positions (for example, Stella Nyanzi vs Shamim Malende, instead of both working together against Museveni). Many must borrow 40.000 to 100.000 dollars to finance their campaigns. It is the only way in Uganda to be able to ‘eat’. To eat means to thrive.
Since 2001 all national elections have been the same. Hopeful period before the elections. Limited targeted violence of the state before, during and after the elections to crack down on those that dared to protest. A lot of misinformation, bribery and trickery to rig the election in favour of Museveni. He has mastered the Dictators Handbook. All of those elections, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016 and now 2021 he fooled Ugandans once again.
But what do Ugandans continue to say for the past 20 years? Maybe next time! Maybe next time we can vote better leaders.
My advise for 2022: boycott ALL elections.
Boycott parliament. Only focus on (peaceful) revolution. Do not fall for the trap of 30% democracy in Uganda.
It is a tool of the 70% dictatorship to keep grasshoppers fighting for scraps.
Museveni is still in power as long as Ugandans keep taking the bait.
His bait? Elections.
Erik van der Zanden
Picture by Glenn Fawcett