ACME issue brief: Some key issues in the 2016 election campaign

This is a publication of the African Centre for Media Excellence.

By mid-December 2015, presidential campaigns had been running for just more than a month. Eight candidates – incumbent Yoweri Museveni, and challengers Amama Mbabazi, Kizza Besigye, Maureen Kyalya, Abed Bwanika, Joseph Mabirizi, Benon Biraaro and Venansius Baryamureeba — are seeking to be elected president of Uganda on 18 February 2016. For its monthly talk dubbed “An Evening With…”, ACME hosted a panel of three Ugandans — legal scholar Busingye Kabumba and journalists Barbara Among (Uganda Radio Network) and Charles Odongtho (Wizarts) — to discuss the emerging issues. The discussion took place at the National Theatre on 16 December 2015.

The issues they touched on include ethnicity of the three frontrunners (Mr Museveni, Mr Mbabazi and Dr Besigye), the place of the military, youth participation, rise of partisan militia groups, and use of social media in the campaigns.

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