At some point this got to stop. Because this doesn’t make sense. I don’t know why someone who has this role and place in society acts like this. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the President cannot score many or any points with this.
That the First Lady Janet Museveni is writing like she’s a Pentecostal preacher and singing the hymns of Watoto Church. Just held her sermon and communion with the “Born Again” there. Because, something got to give.
We know perfectly well and this is not funny. She’s wife of the dictator and the tyrant. The only reason she has a role in government and in the public is because of her marriage. She’s been appointed by her husband to be a minister and be in position. Not because of her vast knowledge or experience. No, that you can throw out of the window.
On the 5th July 2021 the Nile Post published a opinion piece of hers. Where she mixes, God and Patriotism like oil and water. Where she goes from acting holy and being patriotic within sentences. She even talks of various of means of fighting for your country. After speaking in debt of Gods design and whatnot.
That’s why it’s astonishing that she writes this:
“If you are an adolescent boy at school like the girl I just talked about, you ensure you are an astute student, you lead others to refuse to wear torn trousers because Uganda does not respect those who mock our poor people by making a fashion of what our people wear because of poverty. You refuse long dirty hair because Ugandans are descent Africans who beautify God’s creation and not denigrate the African beauty to make Ugandans (Africans) look ugly, mad or hopeless” (Janet Museveni – ‘Janet Museveni to youth: Don’t wear ‘damage’ jeans, they mock the poor’ 05.07.2021).
First off, fashion changes and so does the times. Janet is old and forget this part. Some modern fashion of the day, which is a world wide phenomenon. Torn-Jeans is for some reason a fashion symbol. Not that’s my thing either, but its a symbol. Just like skinny-jeans was IT a moment ago and other fads that comes and goes. That’s not my cup of tea, but I don’t bug out about either.
Secondly, the poor have torn clothes and cannot afford to buy so much clothing. That is natural… and because the poor have to prioritize their spending with caution. They don’t have a safety-net or social security, neither a state who gives them allowance or have programmes to bring them out of poverty. That’s where Janet’s and her husbands government have failed the poor. Which is more a mockery of them, than ever wearing a torn piece of clothing.
That’s why her statement is insulting and insinuating. It is projecting actually. Mama Janet want people to believe wearing torn clothes is an insult to the nation and to the poor. However, her government and her regime have not helped them out of poverty. Even if they have had over 35 years to make it happen with help of the United Nations, Bretton Woods Organizations and all the NGOs of the world. Still, they have not had the capacity to stop poverty or bring more people out of the gig-economy.
Still, it is disgusting and a destruction of Gods creation to wear torn jeans. Wouldn’t that imply that the poor person is destroying it too? Not only the wealthy one wearing the fashion-fad? Because, they are both wearing it. One because of they are out of pocket and the other because they can spend out of their pocket.
Last point, how dare you as a representative say someone makes things ugly, mad or even hopeless? Shouldn’t you and your government help these people. Give them shelter and opportunities to get a proper livelihood?
That’s how I see this. “Mama” Janet please take these words to heart:
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7, 3-5, New International Version).
Because those verses is saying what you just did. You have mansions, State House, State Lodges and vast enterprises. Your family is running the Republic and done so for over 3 decades. Still, you cannot help people out of poverty. That is the ugly truth and the reality here.
You shouldn’t educate on how people wear clothes. “Mama” Janet you should ensure people a proper livelihood, shelter and food on their tables. So, that the next generation can have a better life. Instead your preoccupied as the elite looking into the smaller things. Fixated on torn clothes, instead of the issue of why people are poor and what’s missing to get people into a better life. Peace.