In Uganda today – 12 May 2011

I’m no political analyst, but it was mildly interesting to be in Uganda on the day when President Museveni was sworn in for a 4th term of office. You can read about it in the reliable global newspapers, so I can’t say anything more than they tell. My slant is just from the stance of expat observer.If my tech skills suffice, you can try this link to read the BBC’s comment on how much Museveni has changed from the idealistic reformer he was in his youth.

In an effort to prevent trouble, today was declared a national holiday, and the streets were meant to be quiet. But declaring a holiday may have enabled many people to line the streets in support of the opposition leader’s triumphant return from Kenya. The UN base in Entebbe was locked down – except for the block where we kept on with our hard work!. This short shaky video footage shows a crowd waiting to welcome incoming dignitaries – taken from my iPhone through the vehicle window – trying not to be noticed by the police/soldiers 🙂

In 2009 we tried to get to Kampala but couldn’t due to riots that disturbed the security situation. Now, we have planned an exploratory visit to Kampala for Saturday coming, but I’m still not sure if i’ll be able to make it there! fingers crossed.

Nope sorry! I can’t find a way to upload MOV files into wordpress without getting a video upgrade, so you’ll just have to settle for my snap of the clouds instead! 🙂

UPDATE: this morning (13/05/2011) we learned that 5 people were killed yesterday during protests/clashes on the road between Kampala and Entebbe. What a tragedy. When a President has to resort to having the soldiers on street corners for 3 days running to keep control during the inauguration, me thinks there must be something not quite right!


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