Basidia M Drammeh
The brutal force used by Uganda’s trigger-happy security forces to crack down on unarmed protesters expressly underpins Yoweri Museveni’s desperation to cling on to power by hook or by crook and confirms his intent to nip in the bud any serious challenge to his autocratic and iron-fist rule.
Heavily armed security operatives have descended on the capital, Kampala, firing tear gas and live ammunition against opposition supporters who were protesting the arrest of Bobi Wine, who poses an existential threat to Uganda’s 76-year-old despot, killing and wounding scores of protesters.
Wine has been arrested for flouting Covid regulations, while the incumbent is seen campaigning at large gatherings. Obviously, Covid is just a flimsy excuse to deter opposition supporters.
It’s obvious the people of Uganda are desperately yawning for change, having been ruled by Museveni for more than 30 years.
Museveni has been in power since 1986 and has manipulated the Constitution to ensure that he rules the East African nation for life.
A wind of change is blowing on Africa with people, particularly the youth, intent to uproot dictatorship and one-man-show amid unprecedented awareness and the ease with which they can mobilize, thanks to social media.
The African Union must speak up and speak out against police brutality in Uganda and must ensure a levelled field ahead of the January presidential elections.