I know, I looked up to guys like you, Andrew Mwenda. Back in the day, I would have eaten your words. But with time, I have given up addressing you. Ironically, I do it today, because I got too.
Your memo: “Memo to People Power: temumanyiira” dated 11th January 2020. Says everything people need to know about you. There are only bones, but no meat anymore. Its all ballistics and flair, but no sense.
He has sympathy, whatever that means, maybe his thoughts and prayers as the police arrests, tear-gas and blocking the People Power from holding Consultative Meetings. His calling them a cult with a cult-leader and calling their supporters intolerant extremists. That shows, his arrogance towards the ones supporting an political alternative to President Museveni and National Resistance Movement (NRM).
What is rare is how the memo is set-up, as it is addressing a statement that was supposed to a quote from Mr. Mwenda. Instead of addressing it with some sense, he attacks the them. He could have said it was false and asked for taking it down. Instead, he went on a minor rant towards the People Power.
Its funny that he ended the memo with this: “If you are desperate for my endorsement, I urge you to cultivate liberal democratic values of tolerance, respect for opposing views and reliable on verifiable facts to inform your opinions” (Mwenda, 11.01.2020).
Andrew, its really rich talking about tolerance and respect of other views. When your saying they are before this: “I have little respect for this cult, especially given its intolerance” and also “Neither do I think People Power can command a large following of Ugandans given its radical extremism” (Mwenda, 11.01.2020).
When you say this about them and claim this about People Power, but asking for tolerance and respect of opposing views. That doesn’t make sense, as your opposing their views and addressing them as radical extremist. Because, Mwenda your calling them out and then asking them to be something fitting you.
The ones who dropped the quote was wrong and misguided. But not like President Museveni and NRM haven’t dropped false propaganda and narratives to the public over the years. Not like you haven’t changed or gone to far either. You call anyone whose not associated with Museveni as extremists and radicals.
They are maybe not your kind, Mr. Mwenda, but do you understand; Why they might see themselves as freedom fighters? They want to free themselves from the dictatorship. Which is evident by the actions done to them. They cannot even organize without meeting the police or getting arrested.
So, Mr. Mwenda, I would be radical or extremist in your eyes. Because, I am on the other side of the fence. I’m not fancying Museveni nor his kind. As I want to see people really liberated and have real freedom. Not being told by authorities and “high above” what to do. Therefore, your address is extreme in itself.
I wish the old you would see what your saying now. The youngster in you would not spoken like this. Neither will I today, even as disagree with NRM and everything it does. I would still let it speak, but I would not be in your manner. Because, if I am not better than you. Then I am just like you. Peace.