Even the sharpest ear cannot hear an ant singing. – Sudanese Proverb
Today, the New Formation, the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) is unleashed, as the Party Name and certainly a logo/sign will come. Therefore, the awaiting new party of the retired general and former Forum for Democratic Change President, Mugisha Muntu is happening. This has been something in the works and been a slow reform.
However, we have really waited since Gen. Muntu left the FDC after he lost the FDC Presidency to Patrick Oboi Amuriat (POA) in November 2017. Clearly, he couldn’t manage to be uprooted and be lesser of a person, he wanted to lead himself and not be a part of a party. That is why he has used this time since he held a presser with several MPs in the end of September 2018. We can wonder if these MPs still will leave their parties and their stations to join this ANT.
These being Paul Mwiru, Herbert Ariko, Elijah Okupa, Angeline Osegge, Gaffa Mbwatekamwa, John Baptist Nambashe, Anna Andeke and Gerald Karuhanga. We can wonder if these ones are ready to be under the umbrella of ANT or if they just thought it was a good idea last September.
We can also wonder, if there are more NRM rebels joining or even people from the UPC/DP to go with Muntu. Not only a bunch of FDC MPs whose already been speculated joining him. We are even wondering if the ones close and the ones appointed him in the Shadow Cabinet like Winnie Kiiza and others would also jump ship. That they would do it in time before the General Election of 2021. To all show the strength of ANT.
At least, the ANT would have more force, than the Go-Forward of Amama Mbabazi had in 2016 Election, even as the political pressure group did have the The Democratic Alliance (TDA), but still not as plenty of regional and representatives like the ANT could have. Even before starting to recruit or becoming viable.
Even so, the ANT or the New Formation has to sing, it has to dance and it has to build a party in the climate of nothing accepted, unless the Police Force is knowing it in advance. Therefore, even putting up a Party Office can be a criminal affair. This is something Muntu knows well, that is why he really has to work hard. Since, there is no supporting structures, only himself and his close associates.
That already, by the slow time coming, people has been awaiting the official ANT since 29th November 2017. This is 475 days from losing in Party Presidency to get the Electoral Commission to accept his new party. Clearly, he has ensured funding and enough stakeholders to get a party. Since, he should have that done by now. That is why his been so silent and slowly working.
We are now awaiting more information about this infamous party, this new formation, this new breed into the politics. Even if it is with old faces and we can wonder, what Muntu means with Country Before Self, when he couldn’t even demean himself and be humble after the loss in the biggest opposition party. Alas, he couldn’t manage to be second fiddle, that is why his running around on his own.
Certainly he wants his ends. He wants his paycheck and his respect. Who would deny him of that. He has struggled with the FDC and before that the NRM. Now he has to struggle again with the ANT. Who knows if it will be successful. If not, he can do like Beti Kamya, bail on his own party and ask to be in the good graces again.
Nobody hears the ants sing, we can wonder if we will really hear Muntu scream as well. Peace.
No matter how you look at it, it is just sweet and cuddly, the ideas of National Resistance Movement (NRM) rebels. They are just a rare breed of people. Their persistence on the ethical backbone, the narrative, that they are fighting a just cause, while still being tied directly to the oppressor. Is just unique, it is just amazing. That they are supposed to be cherished and become so special.
What is always so striking about the rebels in this party, which was based on rebellion and even a bush-war. Is that, they will be hunt down and strike back hard, against the ones that counters party line. It is so novel in their approach. It is deep and the surge usually uses all the tricks in the book. There is nothing left to chance, they are getting demoted, kicked out of the party and sometimes if lucky. If they repent, they can enter again. That is the road ahead, which is far from open to anyone. Who has already crossed the army-fatigued party line.
Why am I writing this? Today and in the coming days, there will be some NRM rebels coming forward for reasons of disloyalty or even trying to gain popularity, as the NRM CEC have endorsed the President. Not that it was a shocker or a misconception that he would run in 2021. It is just that, the NRM rebels would think the process should be done differently and they should have a voice. Not just the highest body in the party delegating whose the main candidate. However, Museveni wouldn’t do that, he leaves nothing to chance when it comes to his livelihood. That is just well known facts and the insiders, these rebels should know it best.
That is why it just seems like a play for the stage, they are just playing out their grievances, like married men who still not being laid. They have to complain and get annoyed, that their wife isn’t doing it anymore. Not that their breath doesn’t stink or their pockets are empty. That the wife is tired after working. No, it is all the wife’s fault, because they have done nothing wrong. The wifey will think otherwise.
It is the same sentiment I get out a NRM rebel. They knew this going in. The main rebel, the resistance captain, the chairman and the supposed liberator is not someone you should challenge. That is known since 1980, because he couldn’t manage to loose, even back then.
Therefore, NRM Rebels might defy, they might resist, even go in with words of fire and fury. However, they knew when they became flag-bearers and honourables, that they would play a secondary role to the Master.
That is why the rebels who went against the abolishment of the Age Limit lost the privilege of the trips to the State House, to be part of the NRM Caucus before the voting of vital bills. Some has been outcast and become “independent” MPs whose sole cause is themselves and own agenda. Even if they still are voting with the NRM on most things. That is why, the rebellions are quickly squashed.
Not only because the NRM rebels are fighting themselves, but because they are needing the pay-check and making their ends meet. They are really trying to figure out ways to get into the fold and kiss the ring. That is why these rebels are so endearing. Because, at one moment, they are defying the king. In the next moment, they are invited to the king and bowing their knees in loyalty. It is just a matter of time.
Unless, they are some resilient fellows, who got balls of steel and is ready to push the envelope. If so, they got some character, but usually, they give way and give in. They just tried to play to the popular stance, but in the end had to give up. They gave up because knew their fight was ill conceived and wouldn’t bear fruits.
That why I salute their hustle, but don’t anticipate a revolution or a true rebellion, because they will in the end. Give way to their master, yet again. Peace.