Photo of Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni
Photo of Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni

The President of Uganda, H.E. Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni has been named Alumni of the month by the prestigious University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

The University initiated a programme ‘Alumni of the Month’ in an attempt to feature the University’s alumni.

In attributes given to President Museveni is that “while at Dar es Salaam, Museveni forged alliances with other politically active “revolutionaries” from around the region.

He was also a good student with a greater share of his learning not much directed as much from his college lecturers as it was from the ‘great revolutionaries’ outside of classroom, of the stature of Marx, Lenin, Fanon, Mao and Castro. In a second order would be Western liberal- radical thinkers such as Galbraith.”

Museveni became not only a seasoned ‘guest-fighting intellectual’ in liberation movements such as the FRELIMO but also a practicing politico-economist of the persuasions of Galbraith and others (in advocating a “new socialism” that prefers small, farmer-sensitive firms over large competitive corporations, favors nationalizing military production and public services such as health care, as well as introduces disciplined wage, salary and profit and price controls on the economy so as to reduce inequality and restrain the power of giant corporations) according to the University Website.

Whenever on university vacations Museveni would partake in combat and striker camps inside Mozambique territory but also play part in what were known as ideological classes that would be held often on Sundays to replace the religious liturgies.

Museveni later adapted his own intellectual posture in nation-building efforts to a balance of these two seemingly parallel lines, moderated, as came to be, by a pragmatic crisscrossing blend of ground-tested pragmatic experiences.

The University hailed Museveni’s dedication and singular mindedness to the economic progress of Uganda and the well-being of its citizens that has remained steadfast. “He went to the bush for the sake of the people who had been downtrodden and dispossessed for a long time, he would remind the people and himself. “The University stated.

President Museveni has also found time to jot down his reflections for wider dissemination on the experiences Africa has had at various times in her history and to offer ideas on how our region can make headway.

Sowing the Mustard Seed: The Struggle for Freedom and Democracy in Uganda, published and reprinted since 1997 and What is Africa’s Problem? (ed. by Kevin Shillington, University of Minnesota Press, Library binding, 2000) are not only an interesting read but also a stimulus to even wider questions in need of answers.

Museveni’s book, Katondoozi: A Thesaurus of Runyankore-Rukiga (2019), written in an indigenous African language and making what Makerere’s Prof. Elly Sabiiti, in a Citation for the Outstanding Scholarly Authorship Award, recognized as a “complete granary for the Runyankore-Rukiga” displaying the “rich and unique vocabulary” of an African language.

In 2011, in an interview with BBC, he said that he wanted to leave two things as his legacy: A clearly evident socio- economic transformation of Uganda that headed towards turning the country into a first-world state; and an East African Federation.