York University Assistant Professor Gerald Bareebe participated in a panel discussion on The Agenda.
Bareebe discussed the present and future of Uganda as it approaches its 50th anniversary since Idi Amin seized power. Bareebe noted many Ugandans expected the country’s Jan 2021 election to be troublesome. He noted safety, security and voter fraud were particular areas of concern.
According to Bareebe, there have been mass arrests of opposition supporters following the election. In addition, the opposition have challenges accessing Ugandan media to advance their arguments. COVID-19 safety protocols adopted by the government also made it more difficult for the opposition to rally their supporters. Notably, there was a generational gap in voting preferences: many of Uganda’s youth supported the popular opposition leader Bobi Wine.
Bareebe is a former reporter at The Daily Monitor, Uganda’s largest independent newspaper.
The full interview can be found on TVO’s YouTube channel.