The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Then and Now - Aggrey Awori Predicts Museveni Exit

We all make predictions and sometimes when they turn out to be woefully wrong, we wish the ground had swallowed us.

In June 1998, Aggrey Awori, then Samia Bugwe North MP, predicted that President Museveni would be out of power before the 21st century (which was only two years away).

"President Museveni will not rule in the 21st century because he has run out of ideas. I am saying this, if there is any member of the press, you can quote me if you want," he told students at a public rally at Makerere University Business School (MUBS).

Awori told the excited students that Museveni had "expired" and did not have any new ideas to develop the country. He said even though the Movement was out to monopolize power, people had got fed up.

"Museveni is a very clever man. He fumbles and concocts something that parties should operate within a limited radius. But we need only one month to upset this situation," Awori said according to the Daily Monitor of June 4, 1998.

In 2001, Awori's prediction turned out to be wrong after Museveni trounced him and others in the presidential elections. Awori went on to work in Museveni's government as minister of ICT, conforming to the familiar saying that if you cannot beat your rival, you join him.

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