Andrew Mwenda a former critique of the National Resistance Movement and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Has become his closest writer and supporter in his own media house, the Independent Magazine. Andrew is so positive to Museveni that it’s like he works directly for the State House and defends him without any sense. Especially, while telling that Dr. Kizza Besigye nor Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine are not up for the cut.
Today’s piece is more of the same, I will not address it all, because that’s a wast of time. Yours as a reader and mines as a writer. We only live ones, and the shade of one patron of the dictatorship shouldn’t steal to much of our precious time. So, I have only taken the last part of it. Because that shows his non-common sense, which is his staple.
“Ideally Besigye and Bobi Wine can distance themselves from such social groups and start to continually condemn the behavior and conduct of their uncouth supporters. They could make it clear daily that they seek a politics of moderation and tolerance. But they haven’t and cannot. This is not because Besigye and Bobi Wine are bad people. Rather, both know that to take such action would alienate the base. To keep their supporters, they have embraced radical extremism and its sister politics of hate and intolerance. The defenders of both Besigye and Bobi Wine claim these two men will tame these forces once in power. In fact once in power, the forces of intolerance that today dominate Defiance and People Power will consolidate and drive the forces of moderation from the government and party. This is what has happened to the NRM over years. It is the logic of power that those who seek to strengthen it are those who win in any power struggle” (Andrew Mwenda – Uganda’s democratic delusions, 11.11.2019, The Independent Magazine).
What Mwenda has forgotten is that the NRM didn’t want to unleash the multiparty system in the first and needed two referendums to get it going. Secondly, NRM didn’t want to hold elections and suspended that after the coup in 1986. Therefore, the sudden change of high on power was from the on set and only changed because the donors and rebels to the first rebellion wanted to have a fundamental change, which the NRM never delivered.
Mwenda is forgetting that the NRM is using the tools of the previous dictatorships. That is their laws, the police force and the army to silence the opposition. Making it impossible to use their tools and using the authorities to get them into trouble for assembling, campaigning and building parties. That is why Mwenda is a bit wrong. It is not a power struggle and a dwindling values of the NRM over the time. It has been partly static, the difference is how it goes viral and how it can be reported.
Mwenda is implying that everyone will be corrupted and destroyed by the office. That is because, his blinded by the NRM. Not that it cannot happen to them, but not letting them get office is showing the lack of openness, tolerance or even democratic values itself. That because, one fella is just right for the highest office, like he was born for it and the others will become him.
Just because, the liberator became the oppressors. Doesn’t mean the next generation of leaders will not learn from the mistakes of the past. Especially, when they have tasted the brutal force of this one. It’s like he thinks that experience doesn’t change the pattern too. Since, his lack of judgement thinks everyone will turn into Jajja and emulate his hat. They will misuse the arms, guns and law enforcement to oppress dissidents of the state.
Andrew thinks this packaging is smart. That he brings the rabbit out of the hat. The only thing he exposes, is his narrative that everything is fucked the day Museveni leaves the crown. That’s sort of like a zombie apocalypse, which is only Armageddon and other prophecies of total destruction of society. That is what’s his initially saying. Because, that is to scare the possible peaceful turnover of power. What he should ask for is better institutions and rule of law. Andrew should wonder why everything is going through the State House and orders from Yoweri.
That’s what’s bugs me out. That he thinks the other side will turnout to be Museveni 2.0 when they get into office. Is what saddens me to see that. But that what gives, when someone has to defend the inevitable and the indefensible. As he now does and doing it so diligently over time. Peace.