Are elections a waste of time? Elections in Africa are always seen as unnecessary expensive formalities, a waste of time. True or false? During campaigns opposition parties garner support from thousands of youth but in most cases the incumbent is reinstated back to power. This is usually orchestrated by rigging of elections and intimidation of opposition supporters. On numerous occasions, imperial forces have propped their support for the incumbent regimes that support their vested economic interests.
As the people of Uganda prepare to go the polls on Thursday one is left to wonder whether Presidential elections have seized to be a legitimate exercise through which power exchanges hands or a ritual that the citizens indulge to simulate their civic duty. In her 54-year history, nine heads of state have occupied the nation’s state house, but never has a sitting president wilfully handed over the keys to another.
According to the EC statistics, over 15 million voters are expected to turn up for the highly anticipated voting exercise but if the intimidation, arrest or threat of arrest, and violence continue to dominate Uganda’s public sphere, voter turnout could go down as in past elections , affecting the outcome of the election. What can we expect? Alex Taremwa from Kampala reports.
At least one person was killed in Kampala on Monday as police and opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) supporters clashed in the city days …
With just three days before the much anticipated presidential election, Uganda’s main opposition leader Kizza Besigye was briefly detained today by police in Kampala Central …
The second Ugandan presidential debate will go down in history for two reasons: the first is the attendance of the incumbent president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who had snubbed the first debate held on January 15 and second, the fact that Museveni shook hands with his friends cum foes; Dr. Kiiza Besigye, his former personal doctor a the former premier Amama Mbabazi, without Papal intervention.
Ugandans go to the polls on February 18, 2016 to decide who will lead the country for the next five years. TIA contributor, Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire, asks whether this year’s poll is any different from previous elections.
It is has become obvious that the discussion on democracy in Africa has become solely about presidential term limits. Going a step further, it seems power grabbing and bad leaders are an African problem. Shall Africa accept this false characterization? What is our responsibility?