“I want to retire at my farm in Rwakitura but I want to leave when there is an East African government instead of these individual countries. You as NRM leaders should know that Africa will never succeed if we don’t have a large market brought about by integration” – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on the 2nd December 2020 (Kenneth Kazibwe – ‘East African integration stopping me from retiring- says Museveni’ 03.12.2020, NilePost).
Man, there is always an excuse, a “reason” and a leaflet, which by default the President just got to stay in power. There is by some definition some unfinished business he got to attend too. If it is locally or regionally. He just can’t let go.
The man has been in office since the coup d’état in 1986. The man has never taken a break. The man has revised the Constitution twice to prolong his reign. The man has also suspended elections for a decade. So, this man is willing to do anything to stay in power. To think otherwise is naïve.
Instead of saying he needs to finish and be proud of his 10 Point Programme or Uganda National Development Plan I, II or now revised III. No, this man wants the EAC to become something more. As he knows that will not be happening anytime soon.
With his statement his initially stating that he wants Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan cease from being nations and become one large entity. He wants to rule supreme there, as that is his God given rights. It is not enough that his running Uganda and been doing so since the mid-80s. No, he wants more and is jealous that he cannot gain more kickbacks from where his residing now.
He has come with this sort of thought before, but it is evident that he wants more. If he was satisfied. He would have stopped, but the pursuit is for selfish gains. Why else would he work for it now? When there is already bickering between the Republics and it’s not settling that quick.
This just an excuse, because this man needs a reason to stay in office. He has told several of times that he planned to retire. Not seeking another term… but when the time as right. The man went through the motions and fixed it in his favour.
Therefore, this is just a mockery. He is playing with his own and hoping he can hype an idea. To hijack the EAC as well. Because, this man is hungry for power and nothing else. If historians will write about this man. It will not be positive, but in a grim light. As he came with so much promise but squashed it all with an armed fist. Using all means and weaponry to get his way. Even starting wars to loot and enrich himself.
This man is only using the EAC as a useful excuse. He will not pursuit this, unless the EAC suddenly would crown him K-I-N-G. Peace.