Amidst all the election drama we have been hearing about in the USA, it is humbling to take a moment and reflect on what happened in Uganda’s election recently. After being President since 1986, Yoweri Museveni was voted in once again and the Supreme Court has ruled that a recount is not justified. Keep in mind that this ruling occurred after the challenging lawyer’s office was ransacked and digital files were stolen. The United States and European Union encouraged the opposition party to challenge the election results, but after the Supreme Court ruling they can only hope with the Ugandan people that necessary changes will be made according to the voice of the people.
In our culture it is easy to forget that there are nations where democracy is not being protected and exercised. My heart aches for the people in Uganda who had hopes that this election would be different, but were sorely disappointed. The same man has been President for 30 years, soon to be 35 years. Unfortunately, the political situation is sure to get worse before it gets better. In order for real change to occur, drastic steps will need to be made. Whether that is a revolt or political overthrow, I’m not sure. But something will have to give. As the world becomes more globalized, the Ugandan people will come no longer be willing to put up with the injustice occurring.