“What more can I say to you? You heard it all” – Jay Z – ‘What More Can I Say’ (2003)
Sometimes it is the wrong people that is warned. Especially ahead of elections. It is like the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and their Ministers are forgetting who their boss is and how he handles things. The guy that call people parasites, bean-weevils and insects. That is not a proper language of a statesmen and neither a Head of State. However, that is the wordings that the President uses about people.
That is why I find it interesting ahead of the campaigns starting in November 2020. That the Minister Nabakooba says this in a statement without referencing to whom or what. Except, that everyone should do it in a proper manner.
“Political Campaigns should not be a time for candidates to use a language against each other. Candidates are warned against defaming each others, telling falsehoods against each other, inciting public disorder, inciting hatred or violence. I therefore call upon candidates to conduct their campaigns in manner that respects our diversity in culture and political difference” (Judith Nabakooba – Press Statement on the 25th October 2020).
As times goes by, it is very funny that the Minister dropped that Statement today. When the President was very vocal and using vile means to address the opposition mere 48 hours before. That she can do this without mentioning or addressing him. Says, that everyone else shall uphold to a higher standard, but the President. The President can do and act however he feels. While the rest should be careful what they say.
“I have never seen them opposing money collected from these projects. They oppose other things but not money. They get their salaries. Government has a plan to bring some money to people here and they are fighting it. That they are fighting NRM! Their reasoning is that if there is no progress after some years NRM will be blamed. Whatever plan for the people that the NRM brings, they must fight it. They are like witches who don’t want to see a healthy baby grow” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Thursday 22nd October 2020).
When he says the Opposition are witches, because they are fighting the NRM. There are reason for why they are opposition. Because, they don’t want investment or development projects, if there is a lack of transparency. Where the might lack public transparency and proof of ownership. How much is going back to the state? Who owns what? Where does the state funds go to ensure the supposed “development”?
That is the sort of thing the President doesn’t want to have questioned. This is why he vilify them… calls them witches. For the one simple reason: He doesn’t want to be open and transparent about the deals done within his State House. Neither, really explain or give any ideas to the contracts being made in these development project. That is why its easier to make the opposition the evil enterprise. Than, actually governing properly, which isn’t his sort of game.
So with this all in mind. When the President can name-call like this ahead of the campaigns. As the candidates supposed to show maturity and humbleness. They are supposed to show respect and not incite to violence or public disorder. Why are the Minister not addressing the President?
Why? Why not do that? As the Minister should keep him accountable, as he called the opposition witches and was directly ghastly with the rhetoric towards them. Just mere 48 hours before the statement was released. Peace.