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Yoweri Museveni, Uganda's Godfather

Yoweri Museveni, Uganda's Godfather
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Does he stand up to global bullies only to bully local opponents?

The man with a penchant for godfather hats has been a father figure to Ugandans since 1986 when he became President. To many, he is a protective albeit occasionally cantankerous father who truly cares for his people and stands up to global bullies. To many others, he is like an abusive father who rips away the rights of his people in order to prolong his stay in power. Indeed, Yoweri Museveni's 35-year rule in Uganda paints a complex portrait of an arguably transformative leader, etched in contradictions. On one hand, he inherited a war-torn nation and birthed a period of stability and economic growth. His guerilla past instilled disciplined pragmatism, attracting foreign investment and birthing vital infrastructure projects. But the other side of the coin reveals shadows. Museveni's grip on power tightened, morphing into an intricate web of patronage and repression. Dissent was snuffed, elections became farces, and the line between state and party blurred. Amidst all this, he championed Pan-Africanism while embroiling Uganda in regional conflicts, leaving questions about true motives. Only history will judge the final balance of his reign. 

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