The Ugandan government has sent out invitations to all candidates who stood against President Yoweri Museveni in the recent election to be present at the swearing in for his fifth term coming up next week.
Also, the country invited twelve heads of states and five prime ministers with officials from the Chinese Communist Party and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement to Museveni’s inauguration.
It is also alleged that the government has sent an invite to President Barrack Obama of the United States of America. However, it is not yet clear if the US has accepted the invitation.
Over the past two years, President Obama has spoken very harshly against presidents who influence(d) the changing of their countries constitutions to remove term limits for presidents which many believe is exactly what Museveni did and as such there is an eagerness in the international community to know what US’ reply will be.
Two of Mr Museveni’s opponents in the election have challenged his victory legally. However last week, a court ruled that what the opposition is describing as a “defiance campaign” against the election result was unconstitutional.
Even at that, the FDC has insisted on going ahead with its protest.
In response, Ugandan government has warned Media organisations never to do a live report on opposition protests. Speaking through the head of Uganda’s Communications Commission, the country’s authority says it will punish whoever covers the event live on social media.
The commission added that media organisations could lose their licence if they cover the protest.
Currently, there is heavy military presence and police deployment around the city in anticipation of opposition action.
Key opposition, Kizza Besigye who rebuffed the election result and described it as a fake has urged his supporters to embark on demonstrations to disrupt the ceremony scheduled for 12 May.
Kizza who had faced several arrests in the course of the election was detained in his own house for weeks after the election result was announced.
In what seemed like a support to Kizza’s bid for a rerun, the election result was criticized by many governments around the world including the UN.
Besides Mr Museveni, the other presidential candidates were Mr John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, Ms Maureen Kyalya, Professor Venansius Baryamureeba, Dr Kizza Besigye, Mr Elton Joseph Mabirizi, Dr Abed Bwanika and Major General Benon Biraaro.