“What more can I say to you? You heard it all” – Jay Z – ‘What More Can I Say’ (The Black Album, 2003)
Here we go again, and again, and again. This is the DJ Khaled with “another one” and “Listennn”. Well, we knew it was bound to happen and it’s sadly scheduled by law. That His Excellency, the Self-Styled President for Life, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was delivering his State of the Nation address to Parliament.
There is a reason why there is no real fanfare or joy for these occasions anymore. Just like Jay-Z dropped a song called “What More Can I Say” and Museveni should feel the same. Nevertheless, he never stops and with ease holding new speeches on a semi-regular basis. However, with time… it’s repetitive and a lot of fluff.
I will not deep dive into the matter. Only take a few quotes and say my peace about it. Because, that’s what I do… no guns or glamour. Just mere acknowledgement and move on.
“PDM is saying; “Do it yourself; here is a grant from the government to your parish SACCO of UShs.100million, per year. Besides, the parish is near your home. Hence, no more excuses”. This is the strategy of PDM, the money is there, cheap and the Parish is near. Therefore no more excuses by the people who want to remain in poverty” (Museveni, 07.06.2023).
Well, if things was that easy Mr. President you would have done the magic bullet with Entandikwa in the 1990s. We know that didn’t happen and Museveni has launched several since. The PDM is just the latest rebrand of the same scheme and done so ahead of the polls. It is a cheap ploy and a trick to get the electorate hopeful for the future. Though we haven’t seen signs of it actually working with the predecessors either.
“With our oil money, we shall be able to complete our targets of a Government primary school per parish and a Government secondary school per Sub-County. The railway, the electricity, technical and science education as well as some national roads, will be the elements our oil money will deal with. I intend to meet with the Petroleum Authority and the Oil Companies, to harmonise so that we do not miss the target of 2025 as the first oil date” (Museveni, 07.06.2023).
The President has been patiently waiting for the petrodollars to come his way. He has been anticipating and looking forward to the fortunes. However, with the way he has run the nation and the debt-ridden economy he has provided. The riches of the petrodollars might go to cover the shortfall and pay of debts. Because, the domestic revenue coming from it has to cover the recycled debts and the deficits his government has created. That it got to before it even considers to invest or suddenly have the funds to expand or even deliver government services to the public. It isn’t nice to say this, but when you have had re-occurring debts and not had revenue. The moment you get that… the creditors wants their cut and they should.
“My stand on homosexuality has been repeatedly laid out to all and sundry. It starts with a few questions: “Why does somebody become a homosexual? Is it on account of genetic, hormonal or psychological reasons?” Discussions with our doctors and the other African doctors who had a conference with African Members of Parliament from 22 countries, unequivocally, led us to conclude, that homosexuality, is as a result of psychological disorientation at some point in one’s life- not genetic and not hormonal, as some of us initially thought” (Museveni, 07.06.2023).
If Museveni thinks his smart or wise, these sorts of statements doesn’t make him any friends in the donor communities or the ones who has been covering his lack of domestic revenue. Even if he thinks he got it covered with the future earnings of the oil in 2025, which he desperately needs now. Because, his becoming left behind and less accustomed to friendly gestures, as the time goes by.
He knew the Anti-Homosexuality Act would be troublesome. The old man should remember how he had to deal with it in the past. It is merely a decade since the last round. Now it is repeating itself and becoming a norm. While his getting the populist behind it and even the Opposition is numb on the question. Because, they all know that this is a popular sentiment. Even if it is targeting one minority and vilifying them. That’s what they do and it’s a cheap trick to have “delivered” something without doing anything in particular. It’s a gift that keeps giving and the gays are paying the price for the party.
I can just tell you… you don’t get wiser or smarter by listening to Museveni in 2023. No, it is the same-old same-old, which isn’t inspiring at all. We have heard the sentiments and most of the tales before. Just added a twist of the new type of means.
Well, however… bambi. I am tired of this. Goodbye. Peace.