Nigeria’s President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ) has escaped from angry mob attack in far away Uganda, where he attended President Yoweri Museveni’s inauguration attended by leaders from Kenya, Tanzania, Southern Sudan, Congo, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.
Reports say that the mob, angered by the return of President Yoweri Museveni to power for a fourth tenure in office hurled stones at Goodluck Jonathan’s entourage on his way to the airport. He was returning to Abuja from Kampala after attending the inauguration of President Yoweri Museveni for a fourth term of five year tenure.
The embarrassing situation made the Ugandan security to shoot sporadically, leading to the death of two persons with many injured. Police fired teargas and live bullets at protesting supporters of Besigye, who thronged the Entebbe Airport.
But, the Presidency in Nigeria, through its spokesman, Emma Niboro has debunked the attack, saying it was not targeted at President Jonathan.
The irate protesters and supporters of opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, Museveni’s former personal physician, whom Museveni defeated in his February re-election, said the marches are also to protest government corruption and inflation in Uganda.
According to official results from February’s election, Besigye, 55, won 26 per cent of the vote. Museveni, 62, took 68 per cent. But Besigye’s Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) said the results were falsified, and that both candidates received just fewer than 50 per cent of the vote, an outcome that would have required a run-off.
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was born into a family of cattle keepers in Ankole, western Uganda.
His name was taken from the Abasuveni, who were Ugandan servicemen in the Seventh Regiment of the Kings African rifles.
He later went to the University of Dar es Salaam and studied Economics and Political Science, and while there forged alliances with other politically active “revolutionaries” from around the region.
His National Resistance Army eventually took power in January 1986 and introduced the Movement system of politics – described as a broad-based, alternate system of democracy in which people compete for political office on individual merit.
In 1996, Mr Museveni faced a test of his popularity in presidential elections but won with a resounding 75% – partly by associating his opponents with the country’s troubled past.
In his 2001 election manifesto, he stated he wanted a second and last term in office – and one of his tasks would be to choose a successor.
Four years on, he had the constitution amended to let him run for a third term in office.
His 2001 presidential election victory was marred by an increase in state-sponsored violence – and Dr Besigye, fled the country claiming his life was in danger.