The incumbent president Museveni, shows up for the presidential which took place on Saturday February the 14th. Museveni together with his 7 opponents attended the debate, and the main issues of discussion centered on foreign affairs and covered issues such as security, regional integration, trade and international justice.
This can be considered a historic event in the political history of Uganda. Museveni in his nearly 30 years in power had not once attended a presidential debate, this includes the inaugural debate that took place in January this year, which he said it was like a high school debate, and hence he wouldn’t attend because he will be wasting his time.
The debate was mainly dominated by Museveni of NRM and Kizza Besigye of Forum for Democratic Change.
In the debate Museveni answered the question of legality of the deployment of Ugandan forces to places like DRC, asked by Kizza Besigye in reference to the 1998 deployment, as a way for Uganda to protect itself. On the issue of International law and specifically ICC, Museveni said he supports the move to withdraw from ICC, because the reason Uganda join was so as to have a court that is an unbiased and just, if that is not the case, then he supports idea of an African court. On the issue of oil, Kizza Besigye called the Petroleum resources a “curse in the hands of corrupt regime.” Museveni replied to this by saying the revenue from oil will be used for investment and infrastructure.
The moderators of the debate were Dr Shaka Ssali of the Voice of America, Dr. Suzie Muwanga and Dr. Joel Kibazo of AFDB.