News / Africa

New Uganda Political Organization Challenges President’s Rule

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, November 30, 2012.Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, November 30, 2012.
x
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, November 30, 2012.
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, November 30, 2012.
TEXT SIZE - +
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.
Butty interview with Magombe
Butty interview with Magombei
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

You May Like

Multimedia Anti-Keystone XL Protests Continue

Demonstrators are worried about pipeline's effect on climate change, their traditional way of life, health and safety More

Thailand's Political Power Struggle Continues

Court gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until May 2 to prepare her defense over abuse of power charges but uncertainty remains over election timing More

Malaysia Plane Search Tests Limits of Ocean Mapping Technology

Expert tells VOA existing equipment’s maximum operating depth is around 6 kilometers as operation continues on ocean bed for any trace of MH370 More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
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

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Messagei
X
Penelope Poulou
April 22, 2014 5:53 PM
Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Message

Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Pro-Russian Separatists Plan 'Federalization Referendum' in Eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine say they plan to move forward next month with a referendum vote for greater autonomy, despite the Geneva agreement reached with Russia, the U.S. and Ukraine to end the political conflict. VOA's Brian Padden reports from the city of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine.
Video

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

French filmmaker Luc Jacquet won worldwide acclaim for his 2005 Academy Award-winning documentary "March of the Penguins". Now Jacquet is back with a new film that takes movie-goers deep into the heart of a tropical rainforest - not only to celebrate its grandeur, but to make the case for its survival. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Boston Marathon Bittersweet for Many Runners

Monday's running of the Boston Marathon was bittersweet for many of the 36,000 participants as they finished the run that was interrupted by a double bombing last year. Many gathered along the route paid respect to the four people killed as a result of two bombings near the finish line. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Boston this year to follow two runners, forever changed because of the crimes.
Video

Video International Students Learn Film Production in World's Movie Capital

Hollywood - which is part of Los Angeles - is the movie capital of the world, and many aspiring filmmakers go there in hopes of breaking into the movie business. Mike O'Sullivan reports that regional universities are also a magnet for students who hope to become producers or directors.
Video

Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
Video

Video Autistic Adults Face Housing, Job Challenges

Many parents of children with disabilities fear for the future of their adult child. It can be difficult to find services to help adults with disabilities - physical, mental or emotional - find work or live on their own. The mother of an autistic boy set up a foundation to advocate for the estimated 1.2 million American adults with autism, a developmental disorder that causes communication difficulties and often social difficulties. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports.
AppleAndroid