(Presidential Elections specifically)

Brief background of Uganda political life

Uganda gained independence from British influence in the 1962, under the leadership of Dr. Milton Apollo Obote, he became the first Prime Minister of Uganda and also the head of the government. Some years later, in 1971 Idi Amin over threw the regime of President Obote (Idi Amin still lives to be the most feared dictator in Uganda), and Ugandans suffered greatly. During his 8-year period in power, his regime killed an estimated 300,000 Ugandans. However, in 1979 Obote II overthrew Amin and the regime of Obote II reigned for five years.

During Obote’s second term a liberation struggle began and 500,000 Ugandans lost their lives. In 1980, in response to the liberation struggle, H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni created the National Resistance Army (NRA) and the war for liberation began. In 1986, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (current president of Uganda) was officially sworn as the president of Uganda.

From 1986 Museveni has been the president of Uganda leading his regime and the government. He came into power not because he was voted in, or because he was selected by the people, but by the power of the gun. However, there have been elections every five years since the beginning of his term. Not one of the elections were considered to be free and fair by the opposition and the masses (general population), in most cases the elections do not present the will of people because they are influenced by money, vote rigging, intimidation from the government and many other problematic characteristics that should not be in an election process where democracy and rule of law reign.

Myself in present elections:   Honestly as a Christian I consider this to be challenging.

As a Christian I think I am obligated to learn from every situation that is in my hands and use it for the glory of God (which is more easily said than done) this is a heavy task as Christians who are dressed in flesh, but this is what makes us different from non-Christians, we have the ability to fight because we are empowered by the Alright God through his son Jesus.

On the voting day I spent my transport, i.e. from poor pockets of a student to vote for my candidate. Being a sunny day and many people wanted to vote we spent hours in lines (on an African hot day a white person would not stand in this sun for 30 min) because we had the passion to vote which we successfully did. Now what’s the most challenging? Why would I need God in this situation? Why would I even post it in a blog?

The answers to these questions are that God is amazing and he can be seen at all times, it doesn’t need to be heaven falling from the sky to say that God is great, because he jus is. Now on the other hand if you follow political trends in America, Donald Trump said that Ugandans are cowards because Museveni needs to be in prison not the state house……this is wrong, no, we are not, I am not!! Violence is not the only solution when democracy fails but God can be. Matthew 11:11 says, “truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of haven is greater than he .”

I am very much challenged that what I invest in in this world does not benefit me some times, I fight, feel envy, sometimes (in our minds) we kill each other but all we fight for ends in vain!!! Our place is not here but in heaven where I am meant to enjoy the heavenly kingdom.

Now after the voting as the culture votes were rigged in the process transmission from district level to national tally center. Museveni wins again!!! This is the president I have seen for my whole lifetime (I am 23 now). After three days, the votes were casted  and in some of the places he won, people were reported to have died of hunger. There were 11 people that died in the karamonja region alone. For me the question is – Do you still have the favor of God even when you have used the wrong means to be in power ? Everyone has a different perspective to this question.

What encourages me is Heb 6:19-20we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and sure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

Jesus is the high priest forever, he reigns no matter what may come, he can also have bad leaders serve in my favor, he has the power to displace, he is the overrule King, and I pray every morning that he takes charge in my home country of Uganda.

Eph 1:21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is evoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come

Finally this does not mean that I don’t get hurt, it’s true my view/ our views were not respected and as a Christian would use more prayers (I hate being in human flesh its disgusting, the cause of every gap between me and God, causer of every sin I find myself in)

Thank you

Omweta Seth