A group of Ugandans and friends of Uganda living in London say they plan to hold a peaceful demo against President Yoweri Museveni who is attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the United Kingdom (UK).
The group leaders say they intend to hold the demo this Friday at 3pm at Parliament Square-Westminster. The demo is expected to be held till late.
The organisers say Museveni must leave power as well as stop harassment of the opposition in Uganda. They are also against age limit amendment in the Constitution.
The organisers say a lot more issues will be carried on the placards, with different messages will be inscribed. “Please bring Ugandan flags, whistles, drums, music. But most importantly bring your own placards with these messages clearly written,” says one of the organisers.
Eagle Online is watching to see if the demo will take place as planned.
Yesterday, the UK Member of Parliament (MP) for Stockton South Dr. Paul Williams urged Museveni to leave power, saying that the Ugandan leader is ‘a barrier’ to development. The planners of the demo have picked up this issue as well to be one of the messages on their placards.
Dr. Williams asked the UK International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt to use the on-going CHOGM in London to tell Museveni that it’s time to go.
According to Dr. Williams, Museveni has been in power since 1986 and one of the good governance pointers includes the President leaving office.
However, Dr. Williams has thrown a spanner in the wheels of this prickly issue, presidential press secretary Don Wanyama taking to social media and saying: “Dr. Paul Williams still possesses a colonial mentality where he thinks Western metropolis should determine what happens in Africa.”
Mr. Wanyama added: “Paul Williams show Ugandans some respect. We know what’s best for us. Have you stopped to ask how long the Queen has been on the throne?”
In his reply Dr. Williams wrote: “Still? I wasn’t even born when there were colonies. Nope – it’s just about good governance and telling millions of Ugandans that the world is with them.”
Immediately after tweeting, Wanyama replied saying, “you might want to know that president Museveni was voted by millions of Ugandans. I guess from your perspective they don’t count. You have no right to stand on imaginary Mt Sinai and issue edicts to us. We might have failed on colonialism but we shall resist neo-colonialism.”