By Nangayi Guysonin in Kmapala, Uganda
I have been wondering where our Ugandan president Museveni will be after completing his tenure in office as the president of Uganda. This came in my mind recently when in bed admiring the next life of President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya who stepped aside peacefully and went to meet his family to continue living a normal life.
But when this question came in my mind, I had to rush back to the Ugandan history of our Presidents right from the first to the current one and I started wondering if this history is hunting for our current president too.
Right from our first president Edward Frederick Mutesa, this is how Life after presidency for our presidents has been.
Edward Frederick Mutesa who was the first president of a newly independent Uganda and the kabaka (king) of Buganda was deposed by Apollo Milton Obote in 1966, after which he went into exile in Britain and died from there. His body was only brought back by Dictator Iddi Amin to gain popularity over Obote.
President Apollo Milton Obote, who deposed Edward Mutesa also remained in exile after the military coup of Dictator Iddi Amin took over the government when he was still in Singapore, he only came back when Iddi Amin became a tyrant and was helped by the Tanzanian Army to depose him.
Dictator president Iddi Amin who governed Uganda from 1972 -1979 with his rule characterized by human rights abuse, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption, and gross economic mismanagement, Was also deposed in January 1979, by Tanzania People’s Defence Force mobilized by president Nyerere and counterattacked, joined by several groups of Ugandan exiles who had united as the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA). Amin’s army retreated steadily, and, despite military help from Libya‘s Muammar Gaddafi, he was forced to flee into exile by helicopter on 11 April 1979, when Kampala was captured. He escaped first to Libya, where he stayed until 1980, and ultimately settled in Saudi Arabia, where the Saudi royal family allowed him sanctuary and paid him a generous subsidy in return for his staying out of politics.
Back to President Milton Obote , to Know where his life ended after ruling Uganda, Milton Obote who had been ousted by Amin’s 1971 military coup, came back after winning the national elections in December 1980 as president and called on the army to restore peace, but several ethnic-based military forces emerged instead to challenge his authority and in 1985 was a gain deposed by President Museveni and his joint Army . He also died of kidney failure in a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa in exile on 10 October 2005 after staying in Zambia.
However, between obote and Amin, there were other three presidents who also ruled for a short time. These presidents seemed to have not tested the sweetness of the Chair. President Paulo Muwanga ruled for a little time in 1980 and survived going to Exile. President Yusuf Kironde Lule also served Uganda between 13 April and 20 June 1979 but after coming back from exile.
President Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa, throughout the early 1980s and 1990s, lived in New York practicing law and later returned to Uganda, where he led a quiet life in retirement. He was the only former president of Uganda being looked after by the state under provisions of the Constitution of Uganda.
Going back to where I started from, my conclusion will still be: where will Uganda’s president Museveni be after office, in exile or at home with his family or he will follow the path of other presidents? But if in exile, what does this mean for him, his family, and all Ugandans at large?
In the book of Matthew 16:26-27 the bible asks a question that: For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? But my question will also be : what does it mean for a president to govern a certain Country well , bring peace, developments and be forced out office because of greed and lose all what he had been working for and die in a mysterious way?
It would have been good if a president stepped aside peacefully and continued living a normal life and served the nation a gain in another way.