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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni speaks to reporters at the Akasaka Palace state guesthouse, Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 12, 2015 (AP photo by Eugene Hoshiko).

Uganda’s Election Worries Museveni’s Camp More Than It Will Admit

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is treating his country’s election later this month as a coronation, not a contest, happy to cultivate the impression that the five-year extension to his already 30-year rule is all but a done deal. But the arrest this past weekend of a prominent general turned regime critic is the latest sign that Museveni’s camp is more worried about the vote—and its aftermath—than they are letting on.

Ahead of the Feb. 18 ballot, Museveni has been running a goodwill tour of a campaign. Traveling from town to town under a banner of “Steady Progress,” he is pledging new schools and health centers and better roads, all while deflecting blame for any failings over the past three decades onto whichever target is at hand, especially voters who supported the opposition in previous elections. ...

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