Bob in Uganda for Museveni ceremony

Source: Bob in Uganda for Museveni ceremony – NewZimbabwe 11/05/2016

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is in Kampala for the swearing-in ceremony of Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni, 71.

Museveni has been in power for over 30 years since he won a five-year guerilla rebellion against the results of the 1980 general elections.

Mugabe travelled to Uganda accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, leaving deputy, Phelekhezela Mphoko, as Acting President.

The Zimbabwean veteran joined seven other leaders already in the Ugandan capital for the event including John Magufuli of Tanzania, Edgar Lungu of Zambia, South Africa’s Jacob Zuma Idris Deby Itno of Chad, Mohamadou Issoufou of Niger, Ibrahim Boubabacar of Mali and Teodore Oblang of Equatorial Guinea.

Museveni was re-elected for another five-year term in February, winning 60 percent of the vote in a poll bitterly disputed by the opposition.

Meanwhile security was tightened in the capital, Kampala, and other major towns across the country after opposition parties vowed to disturb the swearing-in ceremony, claiming there was fraud in the February 18 elections.

The government has warned that police would not tolerate protests aimed at disrupting the ceremony.

A minister confirmed revealed that some of the opposition leaders had been put under house arrest, while others detained to avoid them from causing chaos during the ceremony.

The government has also banned the media from reporting protests by the opposition.

According to the Human Rights Watch, the February election was deeply flawed as local observers declared they were not free and fair.

International electoral observers had presented a mountain of evidence of how the process fell short of international standards.

Leading opposition party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and its leader, Kizza Besigye had called for an international audit of the results.


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    Ndonga 6 years ago

    How can this gallivanting be exciting news? Tell me anywhere in the World that Bob has not been to in the last ten years?

    But perhaps the chance to sit down with butcher Museveni and get some valuable tips on how to gag your media, clamp down on a protesting populace and put your opposition leaders behind bars was just too valuable for Bob to miss.

    Also don’t forget the millions of scarce US dollars that will be paid out to Bob and his hangers on as per diem expenses. And of course paid out and then banked anywhere, except dollar starved Zimbabwe.

    When will all this madness end?

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    Doris 6 years ago

    Where is Donald Trump? Didn’t he threaten to lock them both up if he becomes President?

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    Museveni allowed the introduction of a 2 term limit – after ruling for nearly 2 terms without any limits in the then constitution. When his 2, new (5 year) terms were up, he then changed the constitution to put an age limit (75 years of age) on the presidency. Observers are looking to see what he will do when he hits 75 in 3.5 years time…

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    Long way for Bob to fly. He’ll have to catch up on his sleep at the ceremony.