Few people know what is going on in Uganda and how Ugandans are struggling
under the harsh reality of a de facto military regime where there is no longer
freedom of speech and even the police force has been militarised.
While other crises and conflicts in the world are publicised, such as the military coup in Myanmar, Ugandans feel forgotten. But they are crying out for the world to speak out on their behalf because they are unable to protest for themselves due to the security forces who are brutally quashing any dissenting voices.
President Museveni, having changed the constitution twice in the past (to remove the limit of terms and the upper age limit), was once again re-elected as President on 14th January 2021, having been President for 35 years (which is the whole lifetime for over 80% of the population!).
Although none of the usual international observers were given permits to monitor the election process, there is much evidence that there were many serious irregularities, together with violence and intimidation which has continued since the election. It is extremely unlikely that the result reflects the wishes of the majority of Ugandans.
Thousands of opposition supporters have already “disappeared”, been kidnapped, arrested, beaten, detained in prisons and other non-gazetted places, brought before military courts, tortured and killed for as little as gathering at opposition rallies or saying the wrong thing or posting something on social media – or even wearing a red T-shirt, the colour of the main opposition party. In spite of all the violence against opposition supporters, there is no fighting because Robert Kyagulanyi (aka Bobi Wine, the leader of the opposition National Unity Platform party) has called on his supporters be law-abiding and never use violence, even in the face of so much brutality from the security forces.
The world must wake up to what is going on – for the sake of democracy, freedom of speech and human rights. We owe it to the thousands who have already been abducted, arrested, held in un-gazetted places, tried in Military courts, tortured and killed simply for their associations with the main opposition party, NUP. May their suffering and deaths not be in vain.
But what can ordinary people around the world do to help Ugandans restore democracy and put an end to the violent oppression they are experiencing?
Most of us feel helpless and have little reserve capacity to cope with yet another crisis in the world after all that has been going in our lives and in the world over the past year or so. And yet I am asking if you will spend perhaps 15 minutes to take some simple actions on behalf of the people of Uganda.
- you never write letters to Members of Parliament (MPs) because you think they don’t bother to read them, or
- you avoid signing petitions because you don’t agree with them or don’t think they achieve anything, or
- youhave no particular interest in Uganda, or
- you are weary because of being involved in so many other things . . . .
. . . . I am asking if, just this once, you would please take one or more of the actions listed below.
These actions are NOT about supporting one politician or one political party against another but are about DEMOCRACY and PEACE, for the sake of ordinary people and their basic human rights and freedom.
Please, please, please do at least one of the following:
- To add your name to the Petition to the world’s leaders through Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN, click on Change.org petition. It doesn’t matter what country you live in.
- Read the page entitled “Action for Uganda February 2021“ and take as many of the actions listed as possible.
- If you are resident in the UK, adapt or use this sample letter to email or write to your Member of Parliament (MP) and attach this Briefing Document to provide them with supporting evidence and information .
- Publicise this campaign amongst all your friends and contacts by sharing the Change.org Petition and the link to this page.
- If you live in another country, adapt the suggested actions and letter.
- Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more frequent news and updates.
If everyone who reads this can act in at least one way and then send the information to at least ten more people who will act and so on, we shall soon have thousands around the globe crying out on behalf of Ugandans who cannot speak out for themselves. This will hasten the return of democracy and peace to Uganda.
For more information and news over the past few weeks, here are the links to earlier posts (with the most recent first):
- The World Starts to Wake up to Atrocities in Uganda – 20th February
- Update on international responses to Uganda crisis – 12th February
- Petition signing starts – slowly! 11th February
- Simple ACTION you can take to lobby for return to democracy and peace
- Sample letter to write to UK Members of Parliament
- Uganda: Briefing Paper Concerning Alleged Corruption and ongoing
Violations of Human Rights in Uganda Before, During and
Following the Presidential Election on 14th January 2021
- After the Presidential Election – 26th January
- Facebook closes Museveni’s account
- Is anything worth dying for in Uganda? – 6th January
- Hope and inspiration in Uganda – 5th January
- Reflections on praying for Uganda – 4th January
- Prayer and fasting before the Elections – 4th January
If you wish to leave any comments or tell us what action you are taking or ask any questions about Uganda, please complete this form. It would be especially helpful to hear from you if you get any responses as a result of your actions.
Thank you for reading this.