Again, and again Andrew Mwenda write his “exposes” or “think pieces” and think his bloody brilliant. Like his gods gift to the political spectrum. However, it always ends up at the same place. Where the pass goes to President Museveni and the National Resistance Movement. It is predestined there. In this piece to as he calls it: “Uganda’s opposition politics of self-destruction”.
I will only discuss three paragraphs of it, because to the rest is just a waste time and I have wasted enough time looking into the text of Andrew. Secondly, they are not well read by the public. So, his popularity has dwindled and I understand why. It’s all the same and no any progression or deeper dive. A simple attack on the opposition, while defending status quo. That is the brilliant mind of Mwenda in 2020.
I will take piece by piece and then call it a day. Feel me?
“As we approach the 2021 general elections, it is apparent that the opposition, as expected, has handed over an easy victory to President Yoweri Museveni. Yet after the election the same opposition politicians will fret and cry that the election has been rigged. It is even more intriguing because the opposition claim to be fighting a dictatorship” (Mwenda, 01.08.2020).
We are agreeing here. Museveni will win 2021. They didn’t hand the President anything. They couldn’t hand him everything, because everything was already in his hands. The opposition and the public in general are now the owners, they are the lenders on the mercy of the Presidency. It shouldn’t be like this, but it is. That is why the premiss that the opposition gives away something is far-fetched. You cannot give away something you never had or any ability to hold.
“Based on this, government cannot ensure a level playing field in the elections. It follows therefore bthat the opposition in Uganda must strategize to win an election where all the decks are stacked against them; where the incumbent will dominate the media, use the army and police to disperse their rallies, harass and intimidate or buy off their polling agents, and even stuff ballot boxes” (Mwenda, 01.08.2020).
Here the plot thickens… he is saying it straight up. No jokes and no merits, but just the truth. There is no level playing field and all the cards are played against the opposition. He says what we all know and what the government does to the opposition. The oppression, the violence and silencing of them. What is striking is that he thinks the ones who cannot hold rallies and cannot change the officials at the Electoral Commission can suddenly rig the polls? Whatever Andrew is smoking. I need some and send me a plane of it, asap.
That Andrew says this is directly saying what we all know and proves the point of many of us. That the elections will not be sincere, but a charade made by the government to be legit. While he daydreams after smoking some powerful powder, which gives him ideas that the opposition can rig what the government is already controlling. I seriously need an order and the connect to get it.
“Locked into appeal via social class, the opposition need to see themselves at a strategic disadvantage as a perpetual minority. To build a majority they need to position themselves in the center to catch everyone. This means they have to accommodate everyone who shows any signs of wavering against Museveni. But the leading forces in the opposition to wit Defiance led by Besigye and its bastard child, People Power led by Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, have adopted a politics of exclusion. They insist on total and absolute loyalty from their followers” (Mwenda, 01.08.2020).
It is not like the ones dispersing people, using the army against the people and stuffing ballots have the popularity of the majority. If the government had the popularity he says the opposition needs. Then the government wouldn’t need to rig the elections and use intimidation to win. That is simple equation, but he digress from there. Because, everything is always the oppositions problem.
He continues to use slurs against People Power. They are bastards of Besigye, which is weird by all means. That means Besigye have gotten kids outside marriage and they in the public eye. Alas, I am just joking here, but the reality is clear.
The editor and journalist claims the People Power and Besigye supporter are excluding people. If they are doing that, what is government doing with its army and police force? Isn’t using tear-gas, ammunition and arresting people really excluding people?
Well, in the manner of the politics, the FDC and People Power have welcomed all walks of life. They just have to follow their party structures, pressure group and their programs. It is really that easy. You can follow what they stand for and what their objectives are. It might be in contrast to the Movement and the Government. However, the man doesn’t say this, but only speaks volumes of Mwenda. This isn’t shocking, but his ways to defend his case. Peace.