Ever since the BBC Documentary titled ‘Three Killings in Kampala’ was issued at the closure of last month, the government of Uganda headed by guerrilla leader Gen. Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni has struggled to rebrand from a fierce military dictatorship to a diplomatic of the sorts.
The Documentary which was released on May 31, 2021 exposed the heavy handed approach which the Ugandan junta unleashed to crackdown on the political dissenters. A lot of blood was spilled in the 2021 general elections in the East African land locked nation and it is widely said that the number of fatalities shared by the government media outlets that put the toll at 54 is just even a quarter to the actual figures as per the accounts of relatives to those who were butchered in the killing spree.
Caught between the lines as he struggles to convince the International Monetary Fund to disburse the $1 billion loan to his financially crippled regime, Gen. Museveni is fighting hard to clean his dirty linen.
Just last week he directed the Uganda Revenue Authority to abandon the whooping armoured vehicle clearing fee of 337 million shillings slapped on his political nemesis Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert. He directed that the armoured vehicle which spent close to 2 months impounded at the URA premises is released without charge. The same Gen. Museveni has now asked the general court martial boss, Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti to release the detained supporters of the National Unity Platform party. Museveni grapples with PR and strives to rebrand as someone who is willing to work with those opposed to his rule. Even recently in his address during the budget session, Museveni said he cannot terminate Ugandans opposed to his government.