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Uganda Decides | Al Jazeera’s The Stream speaks with young Ugandans about the election results

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Posted February 22, 2016 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in The Roadmap to 2016 ~ 3,771 views

     

The Stream speaks to young Ugandans about the election results and how they’ll shape their future. On February 18th 2016, Uganda’s veteran President, Yoweri Museveni, secured another victory in the country’s general election. This extends his 30-year rule for another five years, making him one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders. The elections have been marred by vote-rigging claims, arrests of politicians, delays and social media shutdowns.

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The opposition accused the government of vote fraud and the main opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, was arrested three times in the week leading up to the vote after he made allegations of government vote-rigging. There were also delays in delivering voting materials, especially in areas seen as opposition strongholds. Social media, including Facebook and Twitter, were also largely inaccessible on voting day, although internet-savvy Ugandans dodged the apparent shutdown using virtual private networks. The government regulator, the Uganda Communications Commission, said the attempted shutdown was for “security reasons.”

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Although Uganda has experienced peace and security under Museveni’s leadership, the country is facing a number of problems. The economy is faltering and there’s massive unemployment. Two-thirds of youth are without a job, according to government data, though non-governmental organisations estimate the figure to be much higher. Uganda’s youths, dubbed “Museveni babies,” are increasingly frustrated over the government’s failure to ensure job security. Corruption, improving the quality of public services and developing the country’s oil reserves have been debated as well.

So what does Museveni’s win mean for the future of everyday Ugandans? Tonight at 2230 East Africa Time, presenters Femi Oke and Malika Bilal will discuss this with Irene Ikomu, coordinator of Parliament Watch Uganda; Bebe Cool, a Ugandan musician and Museveni supporter; Andrew Karamagi, a lawyer and activist; and TMS ‘Teddy’ Ruge, a Ugandan entrepreneur working on solutions for social change.

Do you think Uganda’s elections were free and fair? Tell The Stream in a video at http://stream.aljazeera.com/join.

For more information, visit http://stream.aljazeera.com/ or follow #UgandaDecides and #UgandaElections on Twitter.

Source — Al Jazeera Africa PR Office


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3 Comments


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    Uganda elections were not free and fare. Reason being intimidation from the opposition leaders and their supporters to supporters of the government is too too much. While it is not taken serious




  2.  
    Napoleon Kakye

    Ugandan elections were free en fair. Unless some critics want 2 hide from truth. Museven fairly won these elections that’s the naked truth. If the elections were rigged as opposition claims,, why has NRM lost 17Mps en it’s ministers in past elections??? These are people on the ground than Museveni. And they’re in the villages but hv lost their parliamentary seats en hv conceded already. The fact here is,,, Museven has strong support in rural areas of Uganda than urban areas. The main opposition has failed 2 know that en work about it. They concentrate wiz all their efforts in urban centres wiz the dream of inciting violence en causing uprisings. However,, they should be informed Ugandans want peace.




  3.  
    Moses

    Bebecool just invented a new word, “animalic”……minute 24….That happens when you are put to argument with intellectuals. You have to keep up





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