For the Ugandan young generation, it is hard to find a time in history, when the country was stable – the people united, the economy strong, the politics safe, the future clear. All the presidents of Uganda since independence have come and have been removed from office in lawless fashion – stolen elections , coup-de-tats, civil wars.
- Frederick Edward Mutesa II, – KY – 9 October 1963 – to 2 March 1966, Deposed in attack on Mengo
- Milton Obote, UPC 1st Term; 15 April 1966 to 25 January 1971, Deposed in a coup d’état
- Idi Amin Dada, 25 January 1971 to April 1979, Deposed in the Uganda–Tanzania War
- Yusuf Kironde Lule, UNLF, 13 April 1979 to 20 June 1979, Removed from office
- Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa, UNLF, 20 June 1979 to 12 May 1980, Removed from office
- Paulo Muwanga, Chairman of the Military Commission UNLF, 12 May 1980 to 22 May 1980, removed from office
- Presidential Commission, 22 May 1980 to 15 December 1980
- Saulo Musoke n-p
- Polycarp Nyamuchoncho n-p
- Joel Hunter Wacha-Olwol n-p
- Milton Obote, UPC 2nd Term; 17 December 1980 to 27 July 1985, Deposed in a coup d’éta
- Bazilio Olara-Okello, Chairman of the Military Council, 27 July 1985 to 29 July 1985
- Tito Okello, Chairman of the Military Council, 29 July 1985 to 26 January 1986, Deposed in the Bush War
- Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, 29 January 1986 to Present, Mil/NRM
Yet the cast is set once again for a power devolution through a political jostle, military skirmish or worse. And still, the ‘intellectuals’ are engaged in ‘debate’ about what government has done for Uganda. Such debate is irrelevant because it misses the core principle of people’s freedom; such speak is propaganda, an attempt to confuse the public and blur the opinions. The whole country, the region and the entire international world knows that a deeply rotten & corrupt electoral system lives here, and it has never delivered the people of Uganda the full political freedoms. The debate on the services of the governments is irrelevant, and an abuse on the conscience of the misgoverned. There are people who genuinely do not understand the measures of human progress, who are easily deceived by made-up numbers read by Ugandan politicians. But the broken infrastructure speaks for itself, the unemployment / underemployment do not need introducing, the state of health & education, sports – the fraudulent political processes are crying out to everyone; the country is lagging behind in scientific innovation & opportunity due to political uncertainty.
The only shouting outcome from history is the massive, collective failures of Ugandan governments, including the present one, and the abusive political process. The repeated failure to break an arbitrary political change over.
If anything could unite the people of Uganda, it would be the endless search for political freedom from dictators. This is the processor for economic stability, social harmony, and a mature democratic system.
These oncoming political celebrations by regimes, are sheer uselessness; the only celebration worth its name is the Independence Day – 9th Oct, as it brought an end to foreign rule. These later ones, like the 26th January NRA day, even though it has been on for so long, I don’t think it could survive being expunged from history in another time, because the celebratory mood, even for the victorious NRA rebels is long worn off, and the population is polarised by constant reminders of its disturbing history in the present time. It is as though the leaders have learn nothing from the country’s history.