What If Museveni Stepped Out For Six Months?

Following on from a campaign in 2013, visit this site South African Tourism will once again host a group of bloggers from around the world to ‘Meet South Africa.’


Bloggers will traverse South Africa in search of the ideal activities, this accommodation and destinations for their readers

In an age where bloggers have become an important source of information for those searching for their next dream destination, destination marketing organisations are taking heed to their importance as a part of their digital marketing scope.


In 2014, 14 bloggers will traverse South Africa in search of the ideal activities, accommodation and destinations for their readers between 2 May and 11 May 2014.


These bloggers include a mix of both international and local bloggers known for their influence in the travel sphere.



“South African Tourism has always been known as a leading organisation when it comes to digital marketing, and this year will be no different,” says Chief Executive Officer, Mr Thulani Nzima.


“We’re looking forward at INDABA to hosting a new pool of bloggers that are eager to come and Meet South Africa, explore our destination and convey what they find back to the world.”


The bloggers included in this year’s campaign are: Melvin Boëcher, Matt Karsten, Mauricio Oliveira, Caspar Diederik,  JD Andrews,  Umei The and Kash Bhattacharya.

Others are Rob Lloyd, Adriana Lacerda, Heather Mason, Meruschka Govender, Ishay Govender, Dawn Jorgensen and Katarina Mancama.


“The bloggers will all start in Johannesburg, and then head out to other parts of the country over the course of the week leading up to INDABA 2014. We will be following their every move through the use of the hashtag #MeetSouthAfrica and we have lots of exciting elements and activities planned,” adds Nzima.


Some of this year’s activities include scheduled Instawalks – city walks with local Instgrammers who will show off their favourite photo spots – open to the public in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban; a Blogger’s Cocktail Event in Durban ahead of INDABA and panel discussion happening in the new TechZone at INDABA 2014.



South African Tourism first instituted its #MeetSouthAfrica Blogger’s Campaign in 2013 with the aim of opening up a new form of communication with potential travellers looking for their next holiday destination.

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Imagine a situation where President Yoweri Museveni caught an illness or something necessitated that he steps out of the county for about six months!

Who would take over from him? What exactly would he find on his return? The 1995 constitution answers in part, seek how the Vice President would take the mantle and spells out responsibilities for the other various institutions down the hierarchy and all that. Article 109(4) is precise: “Whenever the president is for any reason unable to perform the function of the office, page the Vice President shall perform those functions until the president is able to again perform those function.”

The constitution expects the VP to manage all national affairs including defence and in his absence, check the Speaker of Parliament would take over. The question, however, that might not be answered with much precision is whether all these remaining institutions as stipulated in the constitution would in reality manage to stir the nation ahead in the absence of the President.

Severally, opposition politicians, high ranking academicians, political analysts, and members of civil society have lamented the manner in which the President has dismembered than strengthened majority of national institutions in all the three arms of government. “We can condemn as much as we can the previous dictatorial governments of Milton Obote and Idi Amin but they will forever be remembered for the way they strengthened their state institutions,” noted FDC’s John Kikonyogo. “A minister then was a minister. He was fully in charge, unlike what we have in the country today.” He added: “A minister in the 1970s could donate a lorry to a cooperative body.

But in 2014, even handing a pack of text books to a primary school or few bicycles to a youth group must all wait for the President.” The growing concern is that while Museveni has grown his cabinet size to 3rd biggest on earth, so has its powers and significance subsided.  Whilst Ministers have their roles well spelt out in the constitution, most of the institutions and agencies immediately under their dockets prefer reporting directly to the President.

And so it is nowadays not uncommon to find the President settling disputes of such low magnitude as taxi drivers’ fights, land wrangles, lecturers salaries, and market disputes. Critics also frown greatly when the president appears in the news commissioning what would pass as “petty projects” at sub-county and parish levels, which should clearly be the role of leaders at lower levels.

Mr Kikonyogo bets after six months, Museveni would still find all these errands waiting for him! However, like Baganda would say the flexibility of a chain, is what makes it strong. Otherwise, how else would you explain the uninterrupted 28 years?

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