Why Museveni’s tweet on meeting Belgian king has evoked anger
A tweet by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda informing his followers of a recent meeting with Belgian King, Philippe Leopold in Brussels has evoked online fury.
President Museveni is facing an increasing dissent in his country in the wake of attempts by his party to pass legislation that will extend his presidency.
Amid chaotic scenes including brutal arrests of dissenting lawmakers, the ruling NRM party has in the past week commenced steps to amend a constitutional requirement that bars the Head of State from contesting for the Presidency in the next elections set for 2021.
The particular clause on age-limit sets the maximum age for anyone seeking the Presidency in the country at 75. Museveni will be 76 in four years time.
It is in the backdrop of the turbulent political climate in Uganda that President Museveni tweeted about his meeting with the Belgian monarch.
Most of those who responded to the tweet were slighted by the fact that President Museveni seems hellbent on extending his 31-year reign as head of state and perhaps anoint himself a ‘life president’.
Met and held bilateral talks with Belgian King, Philippe Leopold at his palace in Brussels. pic.twitter.com/G5h0BAZnWX
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) September 28, 2017
Getting tricks to become a King yourself with all the current attempts to remove presidential age limit to pave way for your life presidency
— Romeo Busiku (@Romeo_Busiku) September 28, 2017
Please look around and explore, some of the things you see can be done in Uganda. At least a specialised hospital, city transport system (in Dar es salaam it was done), pedestrian walkway in the city and along major roads.
— Anselm Ssebuguzi (@ssebu7) September 28, 2017
How old is the Belgian King? Didn’t he patriach abdicate in his favor. Such should be the talks to hold. Take a holiday Boss.
— Victor Mageto (@vmageto) September 28, 2017
— Ouma vincent Shaddy (@vinnyoma) September 28, 2017
Mr museveni you met your fellow king!! you have declared yourself a life president. U have surely tarnished your good legacy.u’re a disgrace
— Prince Henry (@henrykhloe87) September 29, 2017
I remember, early 90s, differing with my own father bcoz of admiring the then Pres Museveni. I regret it today. My father is late though.
— Brian Nabusiu (@BNabusiu) September 29, 2017