“There is no opposition in Uganda I can’t defeat because they have no logic. What are they opposing? There is no ground for opposition in any part of Uganda. They are discredited. They have no track record of what they have done on national issues” – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on the 25th November 2020
The role of a functioning opposition in a democracy is to check the government and keep their powers accountable. Their main duty is usually to criticise and critique the policies of the government. Put forward legislation to counter the governments own policy and get the press to report about it. Question and check the budget, the use of expenditure and criticise the government during plenary session in Parliament. These are the main things a function opposition should do.
That is the role of the UPC, DP, FDC, JEEMA and NUP who are the main parties in the Republic. The President talks of them like they are supposed to deliver on things. No, they are not in government, but in opposition. These are not the ones that needs be held to account. They are the ones that’s keeping you in check and order.
It is weird that the President of 35 years. A man who has served in politics in various of positions since he was a part of the Military Council in the late 1970s. Doesn’t have the mental stimuli to get the daft idea of what the opposition does.
There will always be grounds for opposition for any government. People will always disagree. Some wants chocolate- and others wants vanilla ice-cream. No sensible person doesn’t see that. We know that Museveni never wanted a Multi-Party democracy and only did it to get more donor aid. He wouldn’t have held two referendums, if there wasn’t external pressure. The old man would prefer everything being in-house and ordered beneath him.
That is why his talking like this. In a manner, which is very futile and make him sound deluded. Like he doesn’t know what the opposition is supposed to do. They are not supposed to be “Yes-Men”. That for his appointees and cadres within his own party.
What are they supposed to do? They are not governing! You are Mr. President, that’s why they are wondering about your “classified expenditure” and the massive budgets for security or ministry of Defence. However, there isn’t enough funds for local government or education. Still, you say they are discredited, Because they are not following your correct line. That is the reality.
You want everyone to be blind as bat and follow you without questioning your reign. Then they would fine to exist and be there. However, that is not their role and you got to keep up with it.
And if you can’t handle that. Do yourself a favour old man and retire. Which you promised several of times to by now. I will not have more than two terms and I will retire by the age of 75. Nevertheless, you never did and your promises is worthless. Just like your manifestos and pledges. Recycled ideas with no grounds for development. Only for your cronies and cadres within a small elite who eat it all. While the public only gets scraps. Peace.