Checking Out the Ugandan Presidential Campaign

This month Ugandans are electing a President. Campaign posters are obnoxiously everywhere including on road signs. Making the signs useless.

Presidential Campaign Posters Were Ubiquitous Throughout Uganda

Presidential Campaign Posters Were Ubiquitous Throughout Uganda

A few days ago a major candidate, Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change party, came through the small town where we were staying. His 4-car motorcade and police escort stopped for a brief speech. There were hundreds of fans crowding along the highway, holding up traffic. I was one of the onlookers.

Major Candidate Campaigning for Ugandan President

Major Candidate Campaigning for Ugandan President

The candidate’s party color is blue and its sign is 2 fingers raised, think of a peace sign (or Nixon’s victory salute) with fingers married.

By coincidence, I just happened to be wearing blue. So I raised 2 fingers on each hand. Sort of like Nixon would have done. The crowd cheered.

After His Speech, the Candidate Fist Bumped a Couple of His Supporters in the Crowd

After His Speech, the Candidate Fist Bumped a Couple of His Supporters in the Crowd

The candidate was standing through the roof window of his luxury car. During a break in his oration, I stepped up and fist bumped him. The crowd cheered. I played Nixon again and the crowd cheered.

Enough silliness. I had goofed off enough. We needed to move on to our next job: installing playground equipment in the mountains above Kabale.

Postscript: Apparently my act was caught on camera and I showed up on the Ugandan TV news. My ego is running amok.

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2 Responses to Checking Out the Ugandan Presidential Campaign

  1. bretberger says:

    Two finger is Cub Scout salute.

  2. rogerdhansen says:

    The Ugandan presidential election is over. Besigye didn’t win; he only received 33 percent of the vote. The incumbent Yoweri Museveni won with 63 percent. He’s been in power for 30 years.

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