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New Uganda Political Organization Challenges President’s Rule

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, November 30, 2012.Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, November 30, 2012.
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Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, November 30, 2012.
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, November 30, 2012.
James Butty
As Uganda celebrates 51 years of independence Wednesday, a new political organization called the Freedom and Unity Front (FUF) has been created to liberate the country from what the organizers calls the fear, hunger, oppression, corruption, victimization, bribery, and nepotism under President Yoweri Museveni.  

Vincent Magombe, publicity secretary for the FUF, said membership in the new organization is open to all Ugandans irrespective of their political, tribal, regional, gender or social class orientation.

“It is an amalgam of several organizations and individuals who have come together with a purpose of trying to cause positive change in Uganda.  As you know, Uganda is a country that is ruled by a dictatorship.  President Museveni has been in power for 27 years, and he does not want to go away,” he said.

The group accuses Museveni of manipulating the country’s ethnic and regional differences to divide and rule Ugandans.  Magombe said Museveni has stifled any efforts to bring about change in Uganda through democratic means.

“He [President Museveni] has been very repressive.  Very many people are in prison.  Others have died.  So, there is a very repressive situation.  And, Ugandans have wanted to change the country through political elections, but the president has made that impossible,” Magombe said.

He said the constitution empowers Ugandans to use any means necessary to change their government.

“As far as what guides us is the constitution of Uganda.  It clearly states in Article 3 that Ugandans can use any means available to them to try and cause change if it is proven that an individual, a Ugandan or a group of people have not just violated the constitution, but violated it over and over again.  And so, this is why Ugandans are now saying any means can be used.  Of course, we are not saying that we would like to cause a civil war in the country,” Magombe said.

 Magombe said FUF is an organization for all Ugandans, contrary to government’s belief that the new group is a brain child of renegade army general David Sejusa.

“This organization is basically a platform; it is actually a unifying body which takes on the role of an umbrella organization which is going to link up many different organizations.  It could be different types of liberation forces, it could be different types of political parties, it could even be individuals.  But, they just have to be driven by one objective and that objective is to overthrow the regime of President Museveni,” he said.

He said Ugandans will be shocked when the new group announces its leadership team and organizational structure sometime in November or December.
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by: Ali the mystical from: Somewhere in Africa
October 12, 2013 11:08 PM
Umbrella Organisations remind me of UNLF. This is simply another joke.

by: Anonymous
October 12, 2013 4:31 PM
The world will be surprised by the level of jubilations when the backward power hungry tyrant is removed from power. He fought an elected Govt, rejected peace talks by a group that removed the Govt he was fighting when he was mostly defeated, using blackmail and betrayal, led a war that caused much death and damage in Luwero and in the end is running a very oppressive govt that has presided over a brutal suppression of the North and East of the country. His is worried about ICC for his crimes against humanity and believed clinging to power makes him immune. The level of nepotism is higher than has ever been in the nation's history and the regime has no plans for youth and service sectors like education and health. The only thing regime cares for is the police and army that are actually personal militias. In the region the regime has been at front and centre of most conflicts, most of them greed & power hunger driven. International community can help a lot through sanctions and support of pressure groups against this regime so that proper governance and democracy increases. The oil revenue will likely be a relatives , friends and in-laws bread basket to the most part, that is why he cannot quit any time soon on his own, other means will be required to help the people of Uganda a from poor leadership and autocratic bankrupt leadership

by: Anonymous
October 12, 2013 4:17 PM
This backward autocrat needs to go. His west allies should not condom his shoddy rule just because he lends them miltias to do UN war/peace missions abroad. There are upright nations like Ghana and Tanzania that can help in UN missions. The time for the West and UN to rely on buffoons or autocrats or puppets that grab power by force or arms or fake elections and then running police states is over. These leaders cling to power ,offer no progress for al,l especially the youth, and must be sanctioned, indited for oppression, war crimes , plunder and corruption.

by: Baberesi Denis from: kampala
October 10, 2013 2:28 AM
we are tired of this dictator

by: Paul from: Kampala
October 09, 2013 7:29 PM
We fully support all efforts geared toward removing m7 from power..Ugandans are fed up of this fool and bankrupt,corrupt villager....

by: Bryan from: Kampala
October 09, 2013 7:17 PM
If a person over stays in power as if ts his home then wise people cant tolerate FUF go on

by: nasasiira brian from: ntungamo
October 09, 2013 7:03 AM
tell fuf to get all advises they have as group and give it to nrm that can help but don't think about leading this country.thank u

by: franco from: kla
October 09, 2013 6:18 AM
i dont agree with their ideologies

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