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Why Museveni should be worried sick about Robert Mugabe’s downfall

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Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe was deposed by a military ‘coup’ two days ago. Zimbabwean Defence Force (ZDF) began marching to the capital Harare on Tuesday November 14th.

The military decided to take over after Mugabe created a political crisis. The 93-year-old president sacked the country’s vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa who was tipped to be his successor.

Mugabe’s party Zanu-PF orchestrated Mnangagwa dismissal to pave way for the president’s wife Grace Mugabe to succeed her ageing husband.

Mnangagwa fled to the neighboring South Africa after his dismissal. He was accused by party rivals of plotting to get Mugabe to step down in his favor.

His dismissal however sparked tension as the military warned of a possible takeover to stop Zanu-PF from ejecting liberation heroes from the government.

The sacked VP is an independence hero who is revered by the military for his contribution in the liberation of Zibwabwe from British colonialists.

Zimbabwean Defence Force (ZDF) tank blocks a street in Harare. Photo/Courtesy

The military finally took power on Wednesday 15th. They denied their move was a coup, they explained that they only moved in to to end purges against liberation heroes.

President Mugabe has been put under house arrest at his palatial mansion. The nonagenarian leader has ruled the southern African country for  37 years.

What is happening in Zimbabwe is reminiscent of the situation in Uganda. President Yoweri Museveni has ruled Uganda for 31 years and he’s not about to retire.

Museveni’s party Resistance Movement (NRM) scrapped presidential two-term limit in 2005 to allow the incumbent to vie for a third term.

Robert Mugabe and Museveni in a past meeting. Photo/Courtesy

NRM is currently pushing for a change in law to remove the presidential age limit set at 75 years. Uganda’s constitution currently bans anyone over 75 years from becoming president.

Museveni, now aged 73, won’t contest 2021 election with the current law in place. The president will be 78 years by 2021.

Just like Mugabe who wanted his wife to succeed him, Museveni did a similar thing with his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

Museveni promoted his eldest son to become a special presidential adviser in a reshuffle of army commanders in early January 2017.

Museveni’s son Maj Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba. Photo/Courtesy

The move fueled speculation that the president was grooming his son to succeed him. Kainerugaba has risen rapidly within the military in a matter of few years.

Let’s not forget that Museveni’s wife is also a cabinet minister. The president appointed his wife Janet Museveni minister of Education and Sports.

Museveni should be be worried sick about Robert Mugabe’s downfall, or at least he should learn from Uncle Bob’s mistakes.

 

 

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