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Yoweri Museveni, president of Uganda

By Jonathan Power   May 2005

“Museveni. Your time is up. Go away,” said Bob Geldof, standing next to Tony Blair at the launch of the Commission for Africa report. But Yoweri Museveni, president of Uganda since he drove Milton Obote from power in 1986, presents a problem for those who say democracy is a condition of development. For Uganda is a one-party state, but an economic success. After ten years of rapid growth, poverty has been sharply reduced and the HIV/Aids infection rate is down from Africa’s highest to one of its lowest.

There is some sympathy inside Uganda for Geldof’s challenge, and in March,…

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