“It’s my estimation that every man ever got a statue made of him was one kind of sumbitch or another” – Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly, episode 4 – 2002).
Sometimes reality isn’t far from fiction, not even far from science-fiction. Yes, in some sense President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni could been deemed a hero and living legend. Yes I say that, but with hesitation, because he misused his offerings to the state and forgotten also the reasons for a fundamental change. Its all self-centred egotistic military government that keeps a choke-hold of the Republic.
If this was early 1990s and he had retired, he would have been seen and looked like a hero for plenty. Than, the President would have left a legacy, which wasn’t only self-styled President for Life. Who misused his time in office and squandered his potential. However, that has all been lost in the game of being for life president.
Why do I state all this, well because this:
“The greatest military heroes in Africa’s history. Generals Museveni, Saleh, Rwigyema and Kagame. They achieved the impossible. We should build statues in their honour in every town in Uganda and Rwanda” – Kainerubaga Muhoozi on Twitter on the 4th June 2020
I’m only looking into Museveni, because that’s enough for one piece. Muhoozi should watch or rewatch Firefly episode number 4 ‘Jaynestown’. This episode could significantly put forward why people are putting up statutes. They are doing it for the creation of heroes. Jayne of the Firefly crew had become a hero in Canton, because he robbed the owner of the corporation on the planet and dropped his fortune to the mudders there.
Well, let me just say, they made him a hero on the assumption, that he did that on his free will. Not on the ironic loss of the big-bank in the sky as he was fleeing the robbery with his ally. An ally he dumped with the money. This was a robbery gone wrong and the mudders got the wealth. They made him a hero because of it.
In the same sense, Muhoozi wants to make Museveni a statute and a hero today. This statute will not be put up in Canton and for the honour of Jayne made by the Mudders. The statutes Muhoozi speaks of is his father and the one who fought with him. It’s like Muhoozi forgets everything he has done since the Bush War. Also, the questions by the legitimacy of that war itself.
Especially, since he has not lived up the promises and reasons for going to civil war. Museveni knows this, Muhoozi knows this, but they will both act a fool. Since, that is water under bridge, but they want to celebrated as heroes still. Every heroic moment has to be lived through again. Since, this is the moment that transpired to make them kings. This is the reality.
Muhoozi wants to make the legacy of his father into the upper echelon. I cannot blame the son for praising his father. That comes naturally for him and is obligated. As if he would ever stand a chance of succession. He needs his father to be remembered as a hero.
However, Captain Mal sums up what plenty of people thinks of people made statutes of. That should be a worrying sign for Muhoozi, but don’t expect him to listen to anyone. He rather send people like me behind bars and than claim superiority after. Because, I am the dumb-dumb for actual leadership and taxation with representation. Not a military government overpowering the public at any given moment.
Maybe its those 26 guns he wants saluted at every statute in the Republic. Peace.