Protests that are taking another step in Uganda continue to push those who say President Museveni’s regime is nearing completion, as has been the case in other African countries in recent years.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni took office on January 26, 1986, after overthrowing Milton Obote after a five-year-old forest battle between the National Resistance Army and the Ugandan army.
From then until now the NRA forces have formed a strong party that holds many positions in the Ugandan government; The National Resistance Movement (NRM). The party’s mission is Peace, Unity and Transformation for Prosperity for the Ugandans in the Big Tent.
Some of the reasons for the NRM’s frustration may lead to its conclusion as the ruling party.
Separation from former speakers leads to this party
Amama Mbabazi, said that based on his relationship with his longtime friend Museveni, he had to agree to leave the NRM and continue politics elsewhere.
On October 16, 2015, Amama John Patrick Mbabazi, one of the founders of the NRM, and one of its leading speakers since 1986, announced his resignation from the NRM. He immediately formed his own party, Go Forward, which helped him run for president in the 2016 presidential election, which ended with President Museveni’s victory. He was in the Ugandan parliament since 1996,on May 24, 2011, he was appointed as 9th Ugandan Prime Minister.
The Muhoozi Project was discovered early!
Since 2010, non-Ugandan dissidents, including Rtd Col. Kiiza Besigye has unveiled a plot to point his eldest son, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba for the post of President. It was a project that was renamed the Muhoozi Project. However, it is not totally known if the project really stopped. At this time it is a wonder of what Museveni will do after leaving the post. General Muhoozi is in charge of Military operations as before was Special Force Commander.
Coordinating the strength of the opposition parties
Since Museveni revised the constitution in 2017, removing clauses that could have prevented him from running for another term, the Ugandan opposition parties that have been in power in Uganda have re-awakened, joining forces to eliminate the NRM’s immunity. Among the existing parties such as the FDC and other parties such as Go Forward and the People’s Power Party founded by Robert Kyagulanyi came to power in collaboration with other opposition parties in the so-called coup to oust Museveni.
It was not until July 22, 2020 that the National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party merged with Bobi Wine’s PPP to form a party called the National Unity Platform. The so-called coalition later confirmed its support for Kyagulanyi in the January 16, 2021 presidential election.
Prison break and gun violence in the community
On September 19 this year, 2219 inmates from Moroto Prison escaped from prison with 37 guns, which became the basis for the demonstration of weapons in the Ugandan population. This is underscored by the fact that during these protests, images of some of the armed protesters were displayed.
Examples of countries where population protests have overthrown power
Based on recent examples in African countries that began with civilian protests leading to the overthrow of the regime, we can say that in Zimbabwe in 2017 the protests ended with Robert G. Mugabe, who had been in power for 40 years, overthrowing the country. In 2019 in Sudan the protests began with the rise in the price of bread and ended with Omar Al Bashir being overthrown by the army. The protests in Egypt, which began on January 25, 2011, ended with Hosni Mubarak, the leader of the country, ousted. The same was true of the reign of Col. Mohammar Ghadaffi was overthrown in the same year as the Syrian Revolution. This continued until 2019, when Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who led Algeria, was overthrown by a militant group.
Protests erupted in Uganda on Wednesday , November 18, 2020, killing at least 20 people, looting many shops in the capital, Kampala, and shutting down all business.
Is this the end of Museveni and NRM regime?