KAMPALA — Former Army Commander Gen. Mugisha Muntu who is currently the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) 2021 presidential candidate has hit at his former boss, asking the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni to read between the lines and pull back, noting that Ugandans are tired of him.
Gen. Muntu said Mr. Museveni regime is undertaking desperate measures to maintain power even when all signs show that the masses want change.
“I have a feeling that if the incumbent (Museveni) doesn’t pull back, I highly doubt we have seen the worst yet,” said Gen. Muntu.
Uganda faces growing pressure from the international community and rights watchdogs to respect human rights ahead of polls scheduled for 14 January. The arrest and detention last week of a prominent rights attorney, Nicholas Opiyo, over criminal charges and the killing of Bobi Wine’s bodyguard on weekend has added to what some critics see as a campaign of repression targeting civic leaders, activists, journalists and perceived political opponents.
Mr. Museveni, who has held power since 1986, faces a strong challenge from Bobi Wine, who appeals to young people wishing to see a change of government.
Museveni’s government is frequently criticised for corruption as well as widespread joblessness in the urban centres.
Bobi Wine has repeatedly urged Museveni to retire, saying he would guarantee his safety.
Bobi Wine’s campaign events have become increasingly affected by violent confrontations with authorities and Bobi Wine himself has been arrested many times by police who accuse him of trying to disrupt public order.