Janet Museveni: A familiar family affair
“President Museveni today morning summoned Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga to State House ahead of the appearance of the first lady, Janet Kataha Museveni, before Parliament. Janet Museveni, who is the minister of Education and Sports, is scheduled to appear before Parliament to explain why cabinet ignored a resolution of parliament regarding the implementation of the new lower secondary school curriculum” (Amon Katongulu – ‘Museveni “summons” Kadaga hours to wife’s appearance before Parliament’ 20.01.2020, Nilepost.ug).
When your reading things like this, it should boggle your mind. It shouldn’t be like this, first and foremost, any minister should answer for their work in Parliament and accept scrutiny of it. Any minister should be accountable to the parliament and be asked in a plenary session about the work been done in any given ministry. However, because of her peculiar position and placement in the world, Janet Museveni can get off the hook.
Instead, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has to answer the call of the husband and President Yoweri Kaguta Musveni. She got to show up, when the “high above” calls her. Kadaga was summoned and had to answer it, if not she would be in big trouble. Even if Janet never has to answer to anybody and only dwell about the troubles inside the Kitchen Cabinet at the State House.
At this point, Janet can act like “Gucci Grace” or Grace Mugabe could in her hey-day. Because, as long as her man, Yoweri is in power. She can do whatever and get away with it. She can get people in prison, sentence and be the most insulting character in the public. Still, no one will dare to push her limits.
That is why Kadaga has to answer; she’s in that place because of loyalty and need. Janet will live on in power and maybe change a post, but will not without power as long as the husband has it. Yoweri want to give her anything. Last time it was ability to squander Karamoja funds, now it is education funds instead. A different ministry, but still the same outcome.
Janet might look supreme and act supreme, but she’s not. She’s part of the household of the President and reign because of it. However, she has no grounds for it. She could be on the pedestal and do the acts of VP Ssekandi as the First Lady, but instead she wants actual power and that been granted by the husband. There is no initial merit to her position nor her skill set. Except for being the bedmate of the head of state.
So, if your insulting her intelligence, which I am sure not so hard to do. You can get summoned and get into legal trouble even. Because, no one should dare too do that. She’s a Museveni and the second in line of the First family. No one should even question them and that’s why she never answers to calls of the Parliament. Nevertheless, the Speaker got to run like Usain Bolt to the State House, when they summon her.
Yes, the First Lady and Minister after the summons of Kadaga showed up finally in Parliament, but after ditching previous attempts to get her there. Clearly, indicating more to this. However, don’t be fooled. The Janet and Yoweri doesn’t thread this lightly, they have some ammo behind their movements.
Herein, lay the problem, the issues of having your wife in government. Herein, lay the grounds for mismanagement and lack of oversight, which can only be stated repeatedly. Peace.