A man gone missing: Where is Vice-President Ssekandi?
Edward Ssekandi, the Vice-President since 24th May 2011. He has been in his role for 7 years now. Still, he is not a viable character, not of any significance. I cannot remember him doing or saying anything profound. I cannot see his spirit or his political be left behind. It is more like he is left behind and hope someone finds him.
The VP is a shadow, a ghost of government, the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has a more presence, has a bigger portfolio and a bigger budget under the Office of the Prime Minister. Surely, the PM inherited lots of tasks and projects that Mbabazi put forward. However, the Vice-President should have been more of leader. He is the second in command, but it doesn’t feel that way. At this point, I am sure Gen. Salim Selah or someone else has a more say, than the current VP.
That is how it seems, his lack of importance, his lack of policy and office. Therefore, thinking that other Cabinet Ministers could have more power, than the supposed second in command… that is saying something is wrong with the system. If not deliberate, because the President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni want it this way. Museveni, this is his way.
Ssekandi has the importance and stature of a statue in the Constitutional Square or somewhere else in Kampala. He could be on the mural on Speke Avenue, instead of actually living and breathing. That is because he isn’t doing anything substantial in a while.
It is hard to see his value, other than he is there, because of his loyalty and that he has no ambition. Because if you have ambition in the National Resistance Movement, sooner or later, your wings will be clipped. That has happen to many and might happen to more. If they dare to question or even trying to succeed Museveni. Because his rare glimpse brilliance, he is still able to hold a tight grip on the party. However, the cracks and the creeks might come. But that will not because of Ssekandi.
Ssekandi will be busy at funerals, at village levels opening government facilities and also at random government sponsored forums, where he can feel like he has a say and has an honorable position. The VP at this point, is an extra and just someone you call in when the ministers are busy cooking up policies. If they are not finding ways to get a Presidential Handshake or his praise, but they don’t need permission from the VP to do anything. Everything passes by the State House anyone. So the VP can practically be out of the loop.
Ssekandi could be on vacation, he could be like Cameroonian President Paul Biya, whose spending vast amount of time in Geneva, Switzerland. Instead, he is doing demeaning jobs and has no say. There hasn’t been anything he has done, that I can remember that meant anything. Ssekandi will go down in history as the stooge and Donky Kong VP. The VP who we don’t know what did or stand for. He is just a man serving the President, but not working or doing anything justified.
He is a lost VP, he is out here somewhere, breathing and eating, maybe even challenge someone in Poker or Chinese Chess. Who knows if he drink Waragin or just a splash. We have no idea, but what we do know. Is that his lack of ambition, his lack of courage and will, is a useful piece in the machinery of the President. However, he is useless from a political and a parliamentary place.
Ssekandi is there, but not really though. It is a mirage, we have to wait to see where he returns next. Peace.