It is about that time. Everything is pinning this way. Just like things was pinning in the right directions with Dr. Paul Ssemogerere in 1996 and Dr. Kizza Besigye in 2011 or in 2016. These two seemed to be on rise and have the power to finesse the political game of the Republic. To ensure the system got cracked enough so that the President and his National Resistance Movement (NRM) would lose the elections. However, the extensive rigging and control of all authorities ensured that the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni never let go. The same will happen in 2021.
However, there is a difference. A new generation is entering the battle of peaceful transition. It isn’t the NRA Historicals who are on the battlefield or going for the polls. No, its the sons and daughters of the ghettos, the youths and the marginalized in society. Finally has the spirit and have leaders to look up too. Not only the Presidential Candidate of the National Unity Platform (NUP) Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine, but others who are fielded for his party too. It is the party of elites or status-quo. It is for change.
Besigye has been close and have amplified the masses. The man is an inspiration and shown how to galvanize his position. In such a manner that Bobi Wine is following that. Bobi Wine is using the knowledge and the some of the tricks of Besigye. That is just a mere fact. It is not an insult to Besigye, but honouring him. As Bobi Wine follows the same struggle and acts to defeat the regime.
The NRM have worked tirelessly to undermine the NUP and Bobi Wine. Not only arresting him and stifling him every step of the way. They have said his just a musician, the Generals saying he could never lead the army and so fourth. The Courts have piled cases on him. The army and police is monitoring his every move and making it hard for him to actually campaign. The NUP candidates and activists are arrested at night. They are taken away and without warrants ahead of rallies and just to intimidate the party.
Therefore, the NRM knows all of this. They are systemically working to distress and discontinue the campaign of Bobi Wine. The state and the authorities are working so closely that they only show their true heart. It is to silence and stop Bobi Wine.
The old man with the hat wants the Bad Man from Kamwokya to move-on. The President wants the NUP to give up and give way. They are blocking roads and arresting people associated with the party. The NRM thinks this method will hold water, but it only implicates the impunity and the lack of democratic credentials with the regime. If it was truly democratic, the NUP and others shouldn’t have trouble to party work and mobilize the masses during campaigns. Alas, that is the case… and what they do with such manner that anyone shouldn’t be shocked.
Bobi Wine is challenging the President and his cronies in manner they are not used too. He speaks and acts in ways, which isn’t a typical of a politician. That is why his a man of the people. A man voicing their concerns and what the regime isn’t offering. The tiredness and prolonged stalemate, which is only hurting the state of affairs.
Bobi Wine won’t get there easily. He knows that and he has already paid a huge price challenging the Presidency. There will more pain and suffering. As the state doesn’t intend to make it happen or give anyone else the mantle. There is no plan of peaceful transition of power. This is election is just an rubber-stamp exercise for the President to continue his reign.
The President knows and the Bad Man from Kamwokya knows this. The whole population knows this as well. It is a repetition of the same old story. However, Bobi Wine is still stirring up more energy and will. That might be a turning point. Because, the ballots will be rigged, the system is rigged and nothing on the horizon says otherwise. However, we don’t know how the public will react to be taken for granted again. If it will be more riots, demonstrations and other means of defiance against the state. Nevertheless, that is just mere speculation into the future.
What we do know today is that Bobi Wine has shocked the system. The man continues and as long he continues his mission. He will cause trouble and havoc. Because, the state will not answer with peaceful means, but with force. The only way they know how. Peace.