VOA: Reform or Face Potential Conflict and Instability, Report Warns Museveni
An international crisis tracking and analysis organization says although most Ugandans are better off than they were a quarter-century ago, frequent demonstrations and violent crackdowns indicate many are now deeply dissatisfied with the continued rule of President Yoweri Museveni.
In a report released last week, the International Crisis Group (ICG) warned there could be conflict and political instability if he fails to break with the ways of his predecessors and set a date for ending his long years in office.
The Uganda government has dismissed the report and says its warnings do not reflect political reality.
The criticisms by the Museveni government, said E. J. Hogendoorn, the ICG’s Horn of Africa project director, “are not surprising, but we believe it [the report] is based on extensive fieldwork in Uganda and accurately reflects the situation in the country.”
Hogendoorn said it is not too late for the Museveni government to carry out internal reform, but cautioned, “…the longer Museveni has been in power, the greater the discontent with his rule. Unless he starts to reform his government, demonstrations will continue, and pressure will rise, and if not dealt with politically, it will manifest itself in armed revolt.”
He said the developments Museveni initiated early in his rule had been encouraging but “unfortunately he and his close associates made decisions in the past decade that have increased authoritarianism in Uganda and have created the problems we are seeing.”
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