Ugandan opposition politics, expectations beyond justification


If there has been anything clear in Ugandan opposition, nothing is clearer than some means to the peak of that section. Some political prominence rose after a series of beatings by the ruthless armed forces, gaining large media coverage coupled with a few exaggerations and thus building public sympathy. This in addition to the ability to call for press conferences thereafter. Sooner, opposition prominence is attained. Purely a creation of torture by the armed forces and that of sympathy by the public. But most notably, some a calculation by the key victims of the beatings, this as most have attained significant national and international attention hence a guarantee that hardly could the beatings go to the worst

With that, a vote is earned but most worryingly a supporter who cannot justify the rationale for their support. It’s a pity vote and support of sympathy. A bundle of excuses could be given, but debatable if they qualify for a reason. This possibly explains the ideological bankruptcy especially in alternative policies and responses to government initiatives by some opposition figures.

However, it cannot be true that all opposition figures who go through the same system during their rise to prominence are ideologically bankrupt, some do have high levels of understanding and meet the required political standard. But then the question remains, what influenced voters?

And upon gaining the political prominence, what message are these opposition figures fronting, is it that which calls for sympathy towards them and lamentations about poor government performances or how better they could do if or when they ascend to the political throne, or rather those with political offices how better they’re performing in contrast to those of the ruling government in spite of the impediments

Ultimately, few opposition figures win those political offices, express their justifiable disappointment in the presidential election and seems they’ve lost, while the voters who sent them, expect difference in policy and performance, which not even specified by their candidates of choice during campaigns, those candidates now turned victors, join the bakery and them too, feast on the bread until the term is finished and its election time again to repeat the cycle.

Writer: BARYAMUJURA MAHAD ( is passionate about social justice.


Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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