Mwenda’s Political Voodoo Part II: The Saga of the Age-Limit!
“Dwight Schrute: Voodoo Mama Juju, explain your dalliance with the dark arts.
Angela Martin: It’s not my fault. I was exposed to “Harry Potter.”
Dwight Schrute: I know you did it!
Dwight Schrute: [to the camera crew] I know she didn’t do it. It’s never the person you most suspect. It’s also never the person you least suspect, since anyone with half a brain would suspect them the most. Therefore, I know the killer to be Phyllis, a.k.a. Beatrix Bourbon, the person I most medium suspect” (The Office U.S. Version – ‘Murder’ 2009).
Andrew Mwenda is using his pen again and need to be analyzed, since the arguments he gives has to be destroyed and not validated. Since the reasoning is only to benefit his new partner in crime and his Modus Operandi, is to be National Resistance Movement friendly. Mwenda isn’t that independent or free spirited, therefore, he has to attack the opposition. That is why he now uses his political voodoo, to overcome the ones who goes against the abolishing or revoking the Article 102(b) of the 1995 Constitution. Which, shouldn’t be strange is all within reason. Just take a look!
“I want to ask all these bellicose MPs and opposition activists opposing the amendment of the constitution to remove age limits: what is wrong with a person of 75 years and above running for president? Do you really believe Amama Mbabazi or Ruhakana Rugunda should be blocked from running for president in 2025, or Kizza Besigye in 2031? It seems to me that your argument is the amendment is being pushed to help President Yoweri Museveni run again. I agree. So your opposition is not to the principle (allowing citizens aged 75 years and above to run for president) but to the individual (Museveni) who is going to be the first beneficiary of it. If this is the case, why expend your energies in a constitutional fight over an individual if you don’t disagree with the principle?” (Andrew M. Mwenda, 19.09.2017).
It is something rare and wonderful by this statement. That he talks about using energies to fight over a constitutional amendment for one person, but ironically does it for his master. He spends time to make sure people agrees with his reasoning, because it fits Museveni. Not because it makes it more righteous. Than he has to mention Mbabazi and Besigye, just to twist the needle, but not because he cares. Like running in Uganda matters at this point. When the Electoral Commission will let Museveni win anyway. So he uses energies to express his concern for other people to mask that it all isn’t for anyone else than Museveni.
“The biggest loser in this misguided opposition to removing age limits is Besigye, but he cannot see it. Museveni will remove age limits. Therefore Besigye is undermining his credibility now when he seeks to run for president in 2031. He will face the fact that he has campaigned vigorously against lifting age limits. Then he will claim it was because he wanted to stop Museveni. Why place an individual above a principle in a major constitutional struggle? It is hard to educate people who are emotional about issues and never see beyond a few years ahead. This was the whole problem with the constitution making process in the 1990s. Museveni and his confederates did not put age limits in the constitution out of principle. Rather they did so to block Milton Obote from returning and running for president. They did not foresee that it would actually turn out to block Museveni” (Andrew M. Mwenda, 19.09.2017).
The reasons why Museveni didn’t for-see this was that he was about to step-down from running several times. He has promised that on many different occasions and even said he wouldn’t run for the next term. Or giving himself a deadline to step-down as the President. The same President that didn’t plan to have more than two terms, also abolished that part of the Constitution. Therefore, it is not the first time the rewriting of laws fitting Museveni. It has happen over time and when in need. Maybe it was for Obote, maybe it was for looking to foreign donors. Who knows at this point?
The reason why an individual are over a Constitutional Question in this matter, is because they are trying to make the Constitutional Amendment fit one single individual. This is not for the future of Besigye. That is something the NRM and the Presidency couldn’t care less about, unless they are planning more House-Arrest and Phony-Charges on his head. That is more believable at this point. This isn’t about emotions, it is about the mere fact, that there was a Uganda before Museveni and will be one after him. So why makes rule that fit his life and breathing-space? Why not make laws that are making sense, Mr. Mwenda? You are using Besigye as a Pawn, as long as the King, stays the King!
“Besigye’s supporters may not realize that they are making a similar mistake. I actually think this amendment is very good for Besigye because he can wait Museveni out until he dies. Then he can make his grab at power as well. Did Besigye in 2000 imagine that he would still be running for president in 2016? Well, think again: 2031 or even 2035 is not very far” (Andrew M. Mwenda, 19.09.2017).
You just celebrated ten-years of Independent Magazine, was that a big-deal right? That is two terms of the President. Which is a long time in charge and gives massive amount of powers. The decisions and the Executive role, guiding a nation for a decade is very long time. Just like have to remember your starting ground for your magazine, until today how you are needing funding from Kagame and other well-wishers. Clearly, you think Besigye who hasn’t gotten the Presidency will run forever and be like opposition figure to the end. That is only the FDC delegates and the FDC organizations let him. Not like he is the sole-candidate like in the NRM, where there no other men or woman with a vision.
Mwenda, did you envision that you would be so different from your views in 2005? Did your intellect evolve from a free-spirit and critic of the state, to be the one praising and defending them? I am just wondering, if you ever saw yourself as a NRM, when you we’re detained for your talk-show on KFM Radio? The same can be said about Besigye, it is about opportunity and putting down the work. Just like you built a name, the same has Besigye done. Besigye has campaigned and continued to campaign. Just like you have continued with your “Last Words”, but not that they sound the same. You changed and other changed as well.
Mwenda, if you think it is nice argument “he can wait Museveni out until he dies”, that is insulting to the citizens of Uganda and to your brain. Would you have waited for anyone else to start your shop and organization? Are you saying as long as Museveni lives, he owns the Constitution and the Law? Do you think when you write this? That is why I call your writing political voodoo. It is amazing and insane. That someone can wait for Museveni, but Museveni cannot step-down, that because it is Museveni. The Sole Candidate, the one man with the vision. That has eaten your mind, Mr. Mwenda.
I think Museveni now resides inside your brain and that you are interconnected to him. Your vision is actually his vision. If not, could you have waited for someone to stop as editor of New Vision before working there? Since, you are writing like them and has the same reasoning now. Therefore, it is like it is a token to let Museveni die and than be kind to give Besigye power. Like Janet Museveni and that the son Maj. Gen. David Muhoozi Kaneirugaba, who is educated in politics planning to step aside and let FDC/Besigye get power. That most likely not. They will keep it, because they know when they loose it, there wealth, farms and business might be taken by the state. Their records and their fortunes might be frozen in the banks. Not like Museveni is not afraid of this and wants to stay in power long enough, that his family is safe and his legacy can be left for his son to rule.
If you have already stayed in power for 31 years, there are no other reason for anyone else to wait. There is no reason to let the ruler get more power for longer time, unless your a king and the kingship goes through the veins. But a Presidency isn’t a kingdom, it is a republic and supposed to be able to change leadership. That has been impossible and people like Mwenda thinks it is fine now. Since it’s been like that since 1986. Like that is normal and good. Well, it’s not and the opposition knows this. This isn’t about Besigye, this is about the Republic. Respecting the republic and building laws for all citizens. Not just fitting the President when it’s needed. Like the revoking or abolishing the Article 102(b).
It is the same thing, but Mwenda cannot not see. I am sorry to say so, but the political voodoo is playing tricks on him. Peace.