Op-Ed
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Opinion: The MTV MAMAs Shouldn't Be Happening in Uganda

"How can MTV and Viacom executives, who claim to be supportive of Black Lives Matter, now look the other way when those lives are African?"

Dr. Vincent Magombe is a Ugandan journalist, broadcaster and university lecturer.

Last week, MTV officially announced that its 2021 Africa Music Awards, the MAMAs, would be held in Uganda on February 20. The event, which has been planned in coordination with Uganda's tourism ministry, is being advertised alongside the hashtag #VisitUganda. If Uganda were free, it would be welcome news. But just as the MTV announcement was made, Uganda's most popular politician, Hon Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, was under house arrest, having dared to challenge Uganda's long-ruling dictator, Yoweri Museveni, in a recently concluded presidential election.

Most Ugandans believe that Bobi Wine was the clear winner of those elections, and that Museveni is once again forcefully imposing himself on Ugandans after 35 years in power. If allowed to stand, this will be Museveni's sixth consecutive term in office. There is growing evidence that a large number of Ugandans may be prepared, this time round, to resist Museveni assumption of power, in spite of the obvious dangers posed to them by Museveni's ruthless military forces, in particular the so-called Special Forces Command which takes its orders directly from Museveni's son Muhoozi Kaneirugaba.

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