I know he said in interview during the recent days that he (Simeo Nsubuga), that he wanted the Age Limit lifted in the Constitution of 1995, as a Christmas Gift to the Ugandan People. I wonder when offering a life presidency, ever been for the citizens and not for the President himself. That would be a honest approach. He wrote a lot of crap recently in the State Media and NRM Propaganda paper New Vision. Which, I read, just to see what would the Member of Parliament say and what sort of ways could he argue for the Life Presidency. It is weird, but fitting. It is not smart or even brilliant. Its more a mockery of the state and the whole thing. I will just take snippets and not the whole article. Because I don’t have the time and secondly, I don’t bother wasting that amount of time on it.
Here is the first part of his wisdom:
“With all these future headed projects our country is already rich. The bright future will come with able leadership we have enjoyed for the last 31 years under the NRM/ President Y.K. Museveni. Therefore, you cannot talk of changing leadership for the sake of changing because you are not sure that the next leader will be in position to stir the country to greater heights. Our country is at a critical stage of development/conditions to take off where we need to move forward under steady leadership. Some people have argued that let us change leadership because the Constitution provides for (age limit). Personally, I do not buy the idea because you may change and change for the worse. We need to consolidate what we have achieved, under the visionary and steady leadership of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni” (Nsubuga, 2017).
I wonder where Uganda is rich, as it is begging for funding for infrastructure, are using all kind of schemes to fund its institutions and find funding for state projects. If it wasn’t for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB), certain big projects wouldn’t exists. Secondly, this richness has been shown with not paying civil servants, not paying for medical equipment, making sure schools are intact and roads in the district is able to drive upon. I wonder what so of wealth he is talking about. Unless, the wealth is ghost-workers and cronyism, then the state is wealthy!
The bright future is for the cronies and the National Resistance Movement. How they maneuver and are loyal to Museveni. That his why, they cannot see anyone else than the leadership of him. He is still their visionary and supposed steady, even as the crippled economy is growing in debt. That is well known fact and the payment of interest will not slow down, unless the petrodollar really kicks in. What is more surprising is that Nsubuga says that have to consolidate the power, I thought it already was under control within the State House? Isn’t it already so, but isn’t it worrying that a party lasting for 31 years can only manage to have one head and one master. That he lacks so much leadership skills, that he cannot even teach a successor or even groom somebody to be the next in charge. Leadership isn’t only to be the kingpin, but also to leave the mantle to someone suitable. That you have learned them the hoops and shown them the hurdles. So they can succeed and secure the foundation left behind. Clearly, the NRM and the Museveni lacks this talent.
Here is the second part of his wisdom:
“You can see that Uganda which has been under steady leadership for the last 31 years is in better place than those countries. So the point is how do we help our people to prosper economically through agriculture, livestock, business and ICT. Small-scale industries like fruit processing and fish farming not age limit (Togigwatako) As a country at this critical stage of development let us focus on development not politics of age limits which are artificial impositions in the constitution because they limit the scope of choice of leaders a case in point is the new Austria Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz aged 31 years the leader of Conservative People’s Party who was recently elected as a Prime Minister and now the youngest leader on European Continent, so if there was age limit in Austrian Constitution say 35 to 75 years like ours here, no way would Mr. Kurz be a Prime Minister. So issues of age limit and term limits are not universally accepted principles of democracy. The most important principle is regular, free and fair elections and in our case we have been doing it this since 1996” (Nsubuga, 2017).
Let’s look at the second paragraph I took from his article. It is more of the same really. I still don’t see anything more steady, other than the same name and same fella in charge. If that is steady leadership. Then any numb-nut can run the nation and become a statesman. It is weird that continue talking and praising the economy, when the NRM know how bad it is and the state functions are struggling. It is like the blind is leading the blind.
That he is using defense of a real democracy like Austria, where the ballots isn’t pre-ticket and the NRM isn’t rigging. That he speaks of elections like democracy, when they are made with intimidations and cronyism, they are clearly not looking into what the NRM are doing to make the kingpin, staying the kingpin. That the Age Limit would be hurdle for Kurz, but the narrative is totally different. So it is not real need of discussing the different.
When speaking of principles of democracy, why couldn’t Amama Mbabazi run in the NRM Primaries against the Museveni in 2015? Why? Because the NRM are all loyal to Museveni and cannot muster real leadership. They are all faithful minions and subjects of Museveni. So speaking of “accepted principles of democracy”, is a mockery of principles and of democracy. Both of them are in this aspect and assessment misuse of words. The definitions of them should be balanced, but the weight in the NRM are always in favor of Museveni. That is also why Nsubuga are praising his work. Even if he knows it a lie and he does it, to show his loyalty, as the subject he is. Peace.
Nsubuga, Simeo – ‘Focus on politics of development not age limit’ (22.11.2017) link: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1466166/focus-politics-development-age-limit