“We have given NUP space to work because they thought we were doing nothing. What is Kyagulanyi doing? What are his people doing? They said we were massaging Museveni. Even former presidential candidate John Katumba has come out asking for permission to conduct a peaceful demonstration” – Nathan Nandala Mafabi (NBS Television, 18.01.2022).
Sometimes, I wonder if the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) just wants to become sticklers in the 11th Parliament? Since, the FDC Treasurer Mafabi is targeting the National Unity Platform (NUP) and Bobi Wine, which have become the Leaders of the Opposition. After 15 years in-charge of that and having the perks. It seems to have hurt the pride of the FDC and their defiant ways.
What is striking about the FDC these days… is that they always only wants to work on their terms and conditions. They want to set the stipulations and cry foul when this isn’t met and it’s tiring.
What is striking it’s just a year ago since the elections of 2021 and only sworn-in in May 2021. So, it is not like the NUP MPs has had a long time to prepare or find their rhythm in the National Assembly. Secondly, they are new party and with a new breed of MPs. Therefore, the FDC and others should give them time. Not expect them to pick the pieces of FDC leftovers and be able to tick of the end-credits of the former LoP.
Mafabi instead of throwing micro-aggressions and insults. Maybe, he should bicker some words of wisdom. Tell them about the tricks of the trade and how the FDC did things. As he expect everyone to achieve things in no time. I have a hard time re-collective the revolutionary things the FDC did in power. As they had committee’s and MPs in vital organs, but not stopping the wishes of the dictator …
So, maybe a man of some character and prominence could establish a mere fact. That it’s near impossible to achieve or get anything done in Parliament. Also, another fact that the National Resistance Movement and the President can do whatever they feel like. As all institutions and all state agencies are run by yes-men and appointees loyal to His Excellency. Therefore, NUP has no chance through procedure or ability to block the NRM from doing their bidding.
That is why the enactment of laws, motions or whatnot will be received and only discussed, before the President enact the laws in question. No matter the demonstrations, the out-cry or the public dismay. The NRM and the President will have their will carved into stone. You can try to stop it from happening, but it will only make some headlines and die down quickly.
Mafabi can act like the NUP has actual power or ability to change things. The FDC was in the same quagmire and didn’t use their leverage either. They are all minorities without any sort of function to block, suspend or even challenge the NRM in the Parliament. The FDC couldn’t do it in the previous Parliament and neither can the NUP now.
The MP and FDC leader would never claim this or say this part out loud. That’s because you look weak and the system is rigged. Everyone with a working marble knows this and the opposition only has a symbolic position in this parliament. They are only there to please donors and be a mirage of “democracy”. However, we know the drill and the President wouldn’t risk the NUP or FDC the powers or prominence to block any legislation or budget allocations. No, he wouldn’t… that’s why his dismissed NRM rebels and people who stood tall against him.
Mafabi should instead of acting like this. Be more cordial and give advice. His just looking bitter and cannot stomach that another party has taken over the FDC in the Republic. Maybe, his sour that he isn’t part of the shadow government or have a title in addition to be an MP. Who knows?
Mafabi should be brighter and act with more resolve. This just make him look foolish and not correct. It is a weak argument and can be easily piled upon him. What has he achieved in all the years in Parliament? Why should Bobi Wine revolutionize things months in? When you guys have had over decades in the same chambers and we are still not moving? Isn’t that a sign of weakness of yourself?
When you can easily flip the coin and it can be turned towards you… maybe you should be a bit more diplomatic and consider another path. This is not winning, but becoming a stickler and it’s not a good look. Peace.