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Clinton Mirrors Amps Up Critique on NRM: Political Dominance, Human Rights Issues, and a Minister’s Controversial Remark



Clinton Mirrors Amps Up Critique on NRM: Political Dominance, Human Rights Issues, and a Minister's Controversial Remark

Renowned activist Clinton Mirrors Ampaire delves into the intricacies of Uganda’s political landscape, focusing on the National Resistance Movement (NRM), led by President Yoweri Museveni. The NRM, in power since 1986, is under scrutiny for allegations of authoritarianism and human rights violations, as outlined in a recent report by the Africa Research Institute.

The report suggests that the NRM regime employs its state control to bypass democratic processes, with state security forces accused of arresting presidential candidates and dispersing their supporters through teargas. Individual merit is purportedly promoted as the primary measure of political legitimacy, alongside a decentralized mobilization program.

In 2022, north-east Uganda witnessed a devastating humanitarian crisis, with over 2,200 people succumbing to starvation, as reported by the Uganda Human Rights Commission. Almost half a million people faced “acute hunger.” However, the controversial remark by Henry Okello Oryem, NRM’s state minister for foreign affairs, labeling those who died of hunger as “idiots,” has stirred public outcry. Oryem’s comments are condemned as lacking empathy and awareness of the gravity of the situation.

Clinton Mirrors Ampaire sheds light on the accusations against the NRM, asserting its dominance in political office avenues across much of the country. The party stands accused of neglecting internal rules on campaigning and candidate selection, fueling internal disputes among senior officials and founders. These disputes extend beyond the chairmanship, encompassing accusations of corruption and reports of human rights violations.

Ampaire emphasizes the need for heightened scrutiny of the NRM’s political practices, particularly their implications for human rights. As the party grapples with internal discord and external criticism, Ampaire underscores the importance of civil society, international observers, and citizens in monitoring and addressing the complex dynamics within Uganda’s political landscape

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