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Politics and the Demographic Shift: The Role of the Opposition in Uganda

Chatham House, London

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Dr Kizza Besigye, Leader, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Republic of Uganda
Chair: Ben Shepherd, Consulting Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House


Uganda’s leading opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), disputed the results of the country’s elections in February 2016, which saw the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) retain power and President Yoweri Museveni extend his 30-year rule in Uganda.

Uganda plays a prominent role in East Africa’s regional politics, and if well-harnessed future oil production and its young population, with 53 percent of the population currently under the age of 15, could translate into positive change for Uganda.

But bright prospects rely on a governance context that accommodates and responds to diversity and grievance and manages the economy towards greater opportunity for young people entering the job market.

At this event, Dr Kizza Besigye will discuss his perspectives on Uganda’s policy challenges, and will outline his party’s strategies for improving prospects for Uganda’s youth.