On 16 october 2012, one of the world’s lucrative prize of $ 6 million set up Ibrahim a Sudan born British telecom’s billionaire went begging again after judges failed to find any African leaders suitable for the $ 6.1 million award for excellence in leadership. To qualify, an elected African leader must leave power voluntarily after being shown to have raised living standards during his tenure in office.
The last Mo I brahim laureate was given to Cape Verde’s former President Pedro Verona Pires, who won the 2011 prize he transformed the country from a one – party state into a multi- party democracy and substantially improving peoples standards of living .I believe that Democratic countries need to embrace change, and diversity, and this should be the basis of any democracy. Without change the country cannot go forward and progress to new heights. It cannot deliver the aspirations of the people if only one person is in charge, and allows a single vision to predominate. There is certainly an appetite for change in Uganda.
Such Prizes cannot lure African dilators with greed like President Museveni to retire voluntarily as he has a lot to account for in terms of atrocities committed by him, plundering Uganda’s resources his only savior is to die in office or groom his son Muhoozi to succeed him as he’s the only person that can protect him.Presiden t Museveni and his family have stolen as he ‘s wealth is estimated over 11 billion USD therefore Ibrahim prize cannot induce him as he looks at this money as peanuts . Ugandans and the world should remember President Museveni ‘s words in 1986 in his inaugural , as he was cheered as he declared: “The problems of Africa, and Uganda in particular, are caused by leaders who overstay in power, which breeds impunity, corruption and promotes patronage
Leaders like Museveni steal big-time from their populations and collaborate with western corporations, governments and politicians. The West is very afraid of any voting system which cannot be frouded, since that would mean an end to these cronies who perpetuate Global Poverty. Let the people be free. The West must back down and embrace history, justice and an end to oppression and poverty. Yet there is an appetite for change in Uganda, and of growing disillusion in the man once widely regarded as the country’s savior. President Museveni promised an independent, integrated and self-sustaining national economy, but now he’s created a dependant (on foreign aid) disjointed economy. Instead of free and fair elections, we have rigged ones. Respect for human rights is no longer there people in Uganda are dying in torture chambers euphemistically called safe houses. Corruption has become a virtue, nepotism a way to run our nation and tribal bigotry the running philosophy of Museveni’s government. Museveni’s family are beneficiaries of corruption
The major cause of the liberation war was the injustice of vote rigging, but vice has become entrenched in Museveni’ s government. Now Corruption has also been institutionalized
If African leaders like Mugabe or Museveni go this would change the landscape, in Africa . “And if they are held to account, it would be very liberating.
Uganda has had enough of President Museveni and we feel that he can make other contribution when he’s not the head of state. We must counter this assumption by showing that many people can, and do, make worthwhile contributions to their nation, and their people in other ways. In fact the most impressive people, in Africa and elsewhere are not heads of state, but ordinary people working for development and progress. The head of state must be the person most capable of leading the country, not the person with the biggest gun, or most efficient way of buying votes.
Of recent the visionary leader president Museveni unveiled a new Mercedes Benz S600 Pullman Guard that casted 1.4m USD while poor Ugandans are left to suffer from and die from his substandard education and poor health care, women in Mulago hospital are left to deliver their babies on the floor, the health sector lacks 39 billion . Honestly Museveni has no shame at all, by the time President Museveni leaves he will be remembered not for a legacy of peace and development but greed and selfishness