Monday, September 10, 2018 – Friday, September 14, 2018
Ugandan politician Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine (a pop star turned politician) is still dominating political arena this week. Currently he is in the United States seeking medication for having been tortured and assaulted by the Ugandan military following an altercation with the president Museveni. The incident has negatively harmed Uganda’s image internationally over the army and police’s brutalization of opposition politicians. While many young Ugandans seems to be attracted to Bobi Wine’s brand of politics, the government led by president Museveni is keen to avert his growing popularity among the youths. Ugandan political scientists are agreeing that Bobi Wine is trying to ‘shake up’ politics in an effort to destabilize the status quo. Bobi wine is expected to return to Uganda from the United States anytime soon. It is still too early to write off Bobi Wine however, it is evident that he has shaken up Ugandan political scene.
Ugandan government through the cabinet made a decision on Monday to disband 71 government agencies to avoid wasteful government expenditure. There has been acrimony and panic among employees who feel that they will be thrown into economic doldrums following the cabinet decisions. Apart from wasteful expenditure other reasons are to eliminate functional ambiguities, duplications and overlaps among government institutions. While this decision is purely based on economic motives on the side of the government however, to the employees the move will render them jobless thus hurting them economically.
Ugandans are currently living in fear and panic following continued assassination of prominent figures such as the former police commander Muhammad Kirumira, attacks on journalists and opposition MPs by security agents amidst a general tense mood in the country. An opposition MP is fearing for his life and claiming that he is being trailed by unknown people.
In his state of address on Sunday 9th September 2018, that lasted nearly four hours, President Museveni praised the international relations between Uganda and China. This was more evident and pronounced in the manner in which he praised Chinese president and mentioning China at least seven times, more than any other country during the address. He attacked the nongovernmental organizations, international media and the UN calling it ‘useless’ claiming that it had preserved terrorists in the DR Congo. The attack was assumed to be directed to the United States and the United Kingdom following their strong stand against bashing of opposition MPs by the government. UN is believed to be largely pro Americans, in fact being viewed as a mouth piece for the United States.