President Museveni (R), accompanied by his wife Janet, swears in as President of Uganda for the first time as an elected president in 1996. File photo
Elections. Uganda has had six elections in its 53 years of independence. The forthcoming February 18, general election will, therefore, be the seventh. Save for the 1962 independence election organised by the departing colonial government, the running thread in all the country’s elections has been one malpractice or the other. There have been gains and there have been losses at every electoral turn. In the fifth part of our series, Saturday Monitor’s Faustin Mugabe looks at the events of the 1996 election that saw Yoweri Museveni get his first term as an elected president of Uganda.