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M7 Tutor Spills President’s University Secrets: He Was Frightening

President Yoweri Museveni’s former tutor has spoken about the character of President Yoweri Museveni during his university days.

Dr Graham Mytton described him as a bright but fierce, forceful, frightening and intimidating student during his days at the University College, Dar es Salaam.

Mytton, a veteran scholar, author and media researcher who began his career in Tanzania 50 years ago, says the future president of Uganda was “certain in his leftist ideas and did not brook much discussion about them.”

In a Skype interview with Uganda Radio Network from his home in Surrey, South East England, Dr Mytton says Museveni was too serious and lacked a sense of humour, something he attributes to the “ideological ferment that was University College, Dar es Salaam at the time.

Museveni addresing Kyotera residents as Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli looks on

Mytton, now 75, joined the University College, Dar es Salaam in August 1967 as a postgraduate research associate with interest in the media in Africa. He was encouraged by his supervisor at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.

A month earlier, Yoweri Museveni had joined the university as an undergraduate student studying Economics, History and Political Science. It was during this time that Mytton interacted with and tutored the future revolutionary, politician and statesman.

Mytton would interact with the Musevenis for about six months as a tutorial assistant before leaving to embark on his research into the media in Tanzania. This research would take him to other countries such as Zambia and Uganda during that time.

He would later also work for the BBC World Service as a producer and a researcher among other tasks and author several books on media and audience research in a career that spans 50 years.

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