Meet The Woman Running For President Of Uganda in Today's Election

Ugandans go to the polls today to elect a president in an election most observers predict will be far from fair.

Ugandan presidential candidate Maureen Kyalya Waluube speaking during Uganda's first televised debate.
Maureen Kyalya Waluube was only 10-years-old when Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni took power in 1986. Today she is the only woman candidate among the six men who are attempting to defeat Museveni to become the next president of Uganda. Museveni is seeking another five-year term to add to his 30 year rule.

It is widely expected by both Ugandan and international observers that Museveni will not give up his position willingly if defeated at the polls. “[People tell me] that he is going to fight and kill those who won’t vote for him,” Kyalya told the media after last Saturday’s televised debate. Nonetheless, she said after approaching him personally he told her that “he would be happy to work with me and he asked me if I would work with him in case he wins the election and I said that it’s fine as long as we would both work for the interests of Ugandans.”

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox