Alassane Ouattara should remember how he got into power in 2011, as the contested elections of 2010 gave way for him. That because the international pressure and the support for your place got in order. This is why he has had the pivotal role and been the President since 2011. His now going into his third term and pushing the same levels of dishonest elections as his predecessor.
Laurent Gbagbo was the elected President since 2000. A man who struggled a few coup d’etat’s, but that doesn’t stop the fact. That Gbagbo used his place in position and the role of Head of State to have the ability to circumvent an lost election. Which he did in 31st October 2010. That was his third election and was stretching his time in office.
Now Ouattara is trying to do the same. Guillaume Soro, the former Prime Minister is trying to be a viable candidate in the next presidential election. However, his banned and stopped by the authorities. While Ouattara is saying there is no other viable candidates and even as his ageing his the one who can stand yet another time.
It seems like Ouattara seems to forget why people had sympathy with him. That was because he wasn’t power-hungry nor a seemed like someone who wanted to be like Gbagbo. But now he proves that powers corrupts and he doesn’t want to let go.
Ouattara had to use violent means to get his victory validated. A week-long battle for Abidjan continued the bloodshed. Until the fall of Gbagbo, also the use of pro-militia to fight for his incumbency. Seemingly, Ouattara doesn’t want this against himself. But if he tries to overstay.
Who doesn’t say Soro get people pro-him and start the battle, if the state rigs the election and secure a third term. Just like Gbagbo tried back-in-the-day. He was called everything and had to serve time in Europe and charged at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Therefore, Ouattara must have thought his nemesis be gone.
Certainly, Ouattara thinks its wise to bar Soro from participating and joining the elections. Though, it only shows that his not prepared for successor, just like his predecessor. They are alike and the President hasn’t learned from his past. That is why he plans to run again and have a third term. Which would be the continuation since he was sworn in 2011.
Gbagbo had suspended the constitutional powers and suspended the elections between 2005 to 2010. Which in the end lead to the end of his reign in 2011. Just like his was secured as a former Prime Minister in 1999 and voted in 2000. Than he was supposed to have an election in 2005, but that happen later in 2010, which he lost to a previous Prime Minister.
Now Ouattara does what he can to stop a previous Prime Minister from running against him in October 2020. Soro should be able to run. That would only make sense, unless Ouattara is afraid of losing against another former Prime Minister. Which it seems like here.
Ouattara will make Soro look like a criminal, just like he did to Gbagbo too, but Ouattara also used violence and armed forces to get the power after 2010. Therefore, the President should have the sense of letting other run and not trying to capture all power. Nevertheless, don’t expect that he will give way to others.
We are now seeing a man who wanted to teach Gbagbo a lesson, maybe needs the same lesson. As his not indispensable. Ouattara needs to re-thing his strategy and give way. Maybe even try to find someone suitable to run instead of himself. But that means to answer for his time in office, which he most likely not want to do. As the fear to step down, as the consequences of doing so are unknown. That also, that no one before he stepped down and all has left power by the biggest guns. However, it should soon be time for someone to flee office like gentlemen and not like warriors. Drink a cup of tea and not buy more ammunition. Peace.
Well, the good news is not that there was a Swearing-In of President Museveni for his Seventh Term, bite me, it is not fifth, it’s Seventh! Got to teach the National Resistance Movement to count, after that the international media some recent history to not shave off the first decade in Power for Mr. Yoweri in Uganda.
The good news was:
“Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac and a visiting Washington-based official, along with several European and Canadian diplomats, abruptly left the inauguration after Museveni made negative remarks about the International Criminal Court in his inaugural address. She added that the U.S. also objected to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s participation in the inauguration. Al-Bashir has been charged by the court for atrocities in Sudan’s western Darfur region” (Lee, 2016).
Because this set the perimeter of next inaugurations as Uganda is not the only country where the Opposition is under fire and where the human rights are squabbled for the Ruling Regime to control. But the reaction from the European Union representative and the United States is a bit late now. United States Government have supported them the Ugandan Government for three decades as the Ugandans have fought wars you wouldn’t touch with a your little finger. The European Union have done so in good faith and with the hopes that this will be one of their success stories as the beginning of Museveni terms he was actually sounding like a democratic ruler and had swagger like no-one else and even swallowed the Structural Adjustment Program; more than many other leaders did for long-term loans and direct-budget aid to the Ugandan government.
But that is not why the diplomates left the Inauguration of President Museveni at the Kololo Independence ground. They left the event in midst of the speech and everything because of mentioning of International Criminal Court, the discontent that exist in certain parts of Africa, as the ICC have target many African leaders and Warlords, while nearly none of the allies of European or American Government have been taken. Which make it seem like Post-Colonial tool and certain totalitarian, and Police State leaders feels that especially since they might be the next in line to be charged by the ICC.
Even on the second Live Presidential Candidate or the second #UGDebate President: “A founding signatory of the Rome Statute, on ICC: Yes we should be out of the ICC. ICC is not serious. It is partisan. There are so many people who should have been tried if they were serious. The way to go is to have our own African Criminal Court. Trying to work with ICC was a mistake”.
So if the American or European diplomats were surprised by the words uttered by the President, they should check his track-record, and are you naïve? He is the same brother who toyed with the worlds in the Nairobi talks in 1980s, muffled the involvement in Rwandan Patriotic Front, the direct involvement in wars in Democratic Republic Congo that got rid of both President Mobutu Sese Seko and President Laurent Kabila. His involvement in South Sudan and also the claimed help of President Nkurunziza after the coup d’état in 2015; there are too many instances where he has went to the gun for himself and others. So that he dislikes the ICC should be seen as natural for his Western Allies, that have given military experts and equipment over decades.
He used ties to Libya to get arms to bring down Obote, Obote whom he had a agreement with to get rid of Idi Amin. This man has done whatever to get power and get powers other places. He is ruthless and does not care how far he has to go to have it. He builds people up and burry them if they get ambition. So many men have fallen and so many fallen without the reason or the authorities have cleared the cases of the killings. Many men who have had honorable positions and been high up in the military have been silenced by the NRA/NRM. And this isn’t just rumors, this is known, but not something that is talked about.
So European diplomates and American ones, you have to consider your obligation and role in Uganda, the walkout and the assessment of that, is only a small embarrassment, but to cut donor-aid and military equipment would mean something. To endorse directly Dr. Kizza Besigye would be another force of change. That would be like Alassane Ouattara won over Laurent Gbabgo in Cote d’Ivoire in 2010. Who made his own army and took over power when the International Community recognized Ouattara in 2011 and later detained Ggabo. So there are possible ways of creating the changes, but hopefully without guns though that is the only thing President Museveni believes in.
I know he told at one point he wanted to be a Pastor, but over the time he became a gun-loving, bush-war and embezzlement patriarch who oppose the idea of any other human being having a vision of leadership in the country he is running.
That isn’t a beautiful picture, but there certain questions remain why the American and European were mad about this:
“After introducing ICC indictee Bashir, Museveni said: “We lost interest in the ICC. We thought they were serious.” Museveni said he had supported ICC at the beginning but realised that “ICC is a bunch of useless people” (Trending.co.ug, 2016).
This words uttered from the mouth apparently was too much from the Western Diplomates today. Together with them we’re also the invited and warranted President Bashir; for me some strange reason no problem with the other hectic and problematic despots, dictators, lingering Presidents and so on; that also showed-up for the event. Why no problem with Cameroonian Biya? Why no problem with President Obiang? Why not mad about President Mugabe? And list goes on of people who disrespect democratic values and freedoms in their countries… though not sanctioned by the ICC.
For being diplomates, they should have known at least about the words said by the man on the Presidential Debate in February 2016. The ICC has already issues within the African Nations and the African Union have had talks on removing itself from the International Criminal Courts because of Post-Colonial affairs and targeting African leaders. So with that in mind, this doesn’t help the cause for the Europeans or Americans unless they do something serious, a ruthless man like President Museveni. Needs the guns and equipment, if not he trade with Russians and trains together with North Koreans, he has done it before and will do it again. Even order second level army equipment from China instead of getting training and army deals with Americans. The Western diplomats should not be surprised and should know his history and how reckless he can behave.
Why do you think Hon. Paolo Muwanga even feared and was disgusted with the man? He even understood to what extend the President would go when he got into power. Since he spoke beautiful words as it was needed in the Bush, the people and international community supported him.
Now there a long run since 1986, lots of European and United States Presidents have been in Power and changed leadership, while the Ugandan leader have lingered on and not caught flack before now, really? Late to the Party or is it the later redeemer now?
The issue is that they have known he has these sentiments, as the escalated violence, detaining and use of army against his own citizens. We can see it with the recent Post-Election killings in Kasese, the pro-longed Northern Uganda Conflict that lasted since 1980s into peace agreement in 2006; and the Ugandan-Fueled guerrillas in the DR Congo.
So that he is a little rash and rough with the introduction of President Bashir is the issue all of sudden, is sorry to say a little weak tea as you have given way for him to do all the other activities and not really condemn that. This because President Museveni have been a needed ally in the region after the fall of Mobutu, that American Government had for so long; that is why President Clinton even praised Museveni together with other leaders.
Today should not be surprising, the European and American Diplomates should have known his sentiments on the ICC, and he want to be a great leader, so he would invite anyone who wanted to show-up. This here is just the proof of it, nobody expected President Obama or Chancellor Merkel or even President Hollande to attend: They would rather have a cup of tea then showing-up. The strangest was that the former loyal ally President Kagame was in the wind… but that just so the strained relationship.
Well, this was my two cents. Not beautiful… just the way it is; when you have trusted a man to fight for you and expecting him to be peace loving democratic values full of integrity and standing by for liberty and justice in his Nation, while they have for decades let him get away with murders, destabilizing neighbor countries and done other adventures without giving him much of even a slap on his face. Then you expect him to be the grandest man… you have lost the plot fellow Western Diplomates. Peace.
Lee, Matthew – ‘US diplomats walk out of Uganda president’s inauguration’ (12.05.2016) links: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/whitehouse/us-diplomats-walk-out-of-uganda-presidents-inauguration/2016/05/12/e461854c-1874-11e6-971a-dadf9ab18869_story.html?postshare=5891463086874273&tid=ss_tw
Trending.co.ug – ‘ICC is useless, says Museveni’ (12.05.2016) link: http://trending.co.ug/politics/icc-useless-says-museveni
There will be a media event from Uganda Media Centre at 10 where they will talk about the Pre-Election environment, the government should talk about what their own men is saying and doing. I will not comment more on the NRM SG Justine Kasule Lumumba and IGP Kale Kayihura how they would shoot and arm Crime Preventers. This here is a continuation of it. Where the NRM people spoke their minds and continue with fear-mongering. In a level that is sky-high.
“In the event that President Museveni is defeated in General Election, the country should expect violence!” (…)”where shall we go if Museveni is defeated? We shall not accept it!” warns NRM Chairman Ssegawa Katumba in Masaka on the 30th January in 2016.
Well, this says it all about the ignorant blatant attitude from the NRM Chairman of Masaka. That he is claiming that the rise of violence will happen if the NRM is defeated. This proves that they can’t accept losing power and their answer is to not accept it. Their answer with violence, as the will of change of guards is not accepted by people like him. Proves the opinions and leaders of NRM have learned well from their master, because he speaks like he was the clone of Mzee.
“When a farmer stores his millet and rats keep stealing it does not mean the farmers should give up farming. You must continue farming and look for methods to kill the rats. You must put a cat to catch the rats. During the colonial times, there was a subcounty chief but this was replaced by LC III. We also have the LCV chairman at the district. These are the people to catch the rats that steal money meant for service delivery” said Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at a rally in Hoima in 29th January 2016.
Mzee has the ideas and speak like Andrew Mwenda, seems like they have become brothers in spirit. He has to go back to colonial time, and the issue is not for the farmer, the farmer should continue to produce while the production can still be stolen from. He also blames the local leaders for bad service delivery. That is a way of Mzee to clean his hands. Mzee is never to blame, it’s either his PM, Members of Parliament, Opposition, the Western donors and never himself. He wish the local people take down the corrupt forces in the country, that means the people should initially go after the NRM and the Local Government, who happens to be NRM. It is just bloody brilliant that he says this, while we all wonder if the Government of Uganda ever will release the agreements between the Oil Companies and the Government. That would be an exciting read!
Mzee on losing power:
“How can you security officials let Besigye garner such huge crowds including in my own village where people are now chasing him with cash gifts and even fish? How did the intelligence machinery allow those opinion polls to show, I am dropping down with over 25% like the price of cabbages; while Besigye is rising astronomically like the prices of Gold? You have now made Besigye hot-headed and tomorrow he will start behaving here like his friends Ouattara (president Ivory Coast) and that other one called Raila (former PM, Kenya). This is too dangerous for my health, I can’t stand the shame should Kiggundu (EC chair) declare Besigye the President…no I will not let that happen, I will commit suicide. General Katumba Wamalwa (UPDF) & General Kayihura (Police Chief) must ensure Besigye does not win, my supporters will also commit suicide. ” said Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in Mityana today 30th of January in 2016.
He we see how far it has gone, the man who blames everybody blames his own intelligence team and closest people around him for the great campaign Dr. Kizza Beisgye had in Kiruhura District, his home area where the public showed the gratitude for his campaign rallies there.
Mzee says he will turn around and be like Ouattara the man who got his own rebel army after losing a rigged election. I cannot see Dr.Kizza Besigye going that way, then he would have done it in previous elections. Dr. Kizza Besigye has also more people behind him then Raila Odinga ever will have in comparison.
That this hurts Mzee health is not strange with his continuation of Voter Tourism and paying crowds to show up to his campaigns. The expenses and travelling in his age must be eating his power to regain the power. The U.S. Embassy Polls must also hurt where he has 30% Mbabazi having 15% and Besigye 53%. That must be a hurtful to see that the people are not there for you. Usually you would have used an rhetoric where it sounded more like Ssegwa Katumba where the world would drop into pieces, the whole Ugandan country would end in anarchy and noting that you keeps holy would stay as long as you vote for NRM and Mzee. That is something to expect from Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, but the way he said this is still in the same lingo.
He promises that IGP Kayihura and General Wamala will use their forces of the police and army to get the citizens to understand the necessity of the NRM-Regime and his reign. The Public have to understand that with fear of the governmental violence and rigging. Because Mzee can’t lose power, then he stops breathing and will take his own life.
This is the most cult-leader like quote from Mzee, as saying; #if he did lose power!” he would expect “his loyal cronies would kill themselves together with him”. That is not pure-leadership qualities!
That is toxic leadership let me quote this for minute:
“Toxic leadership is a combination of self-centered attitudes, motivations, and behaviors that have adverse effects on subordinates, the organization, and mission performance. This leader lacks concern for others and the climate of the organization, which leads to short- and long-term negative effects. The toxic leader operates with an inflated sense of self-worth and from acute self-interest. Toxic leaders consistently use dysfunctional behaviors to deceive, intimidate, coerce, or unfairly punish others to get what they want for themselves. The negative leader completes short-term requirements by operating at the bottom of the continuum of commitment, where followers respond to the positional power of their leader to fulfill requests. This may achieve results in the short term, but ignores the other leader competency categories of leads and develops. Prolonged use of negative leadership to influence followers undermines the followers’ will, initiative, and potential and destroys unit morale” (Wilson, 2014).
This here is in the same place the same toxic ideas from Mzee go down to the system, in corruption and in eager for violence if they don’t vote for him. His eager to use force of the police and army to secure his position is not a sign of trust, but mismanagement between government and their citizens. This environment should be talked about it, I doubt it, since their will surely down talk the opposition and their behavior instead of looking at their closest allies as the toxic venom they sometimes address the public and the media. As I have covered before. Peace.
Wilson, David Sloan – ‘Toxic Leaders And The Social Environments That Breed Them’ (10.01.2014) link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/darwinatwork/2014/01/10/toxic-leaders-and-the-social-environments-that-breed-them/#52fdf2ed2dda