Opinion: Owek. Joyce – “The Ex to the Next”

You and I are the past c’est la vie, much respect girl

But now you’re my ex-girl and I’m out with the next girl” (Gang Starr – ‘The Ex to the Next Girl’ from Daily Operation LP, 1992)

Owek. Joyce Ssebugwawo took the ministerial office and the Forum for Democratic Change has now expelled her. That is bitter battle and a loss for the FDC. They have lost a founding member of the party, a former Buganda Kingdom Minister and an ex-Mayor of Rubaga division of Kampala. Until now, she’s been a trusted party member and been the Deputy Party President. Therefore, she has been important for the opposition.

That’s why it was shocking that she would accept the appointment of State Minister for ICT and National Guidance. That is the propaganda arm of the state. The one ministry, which has the mandate over the UCC, GCIC and Uganda Media Centre. All of them are all part of her new office.

It is really strange, but it’s been disclosed that Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda have had meetings with Owek. Joyce. If that has happened, it would all make sense. That he has discussed and maybe proposed a preposition she couldn’t refuse. Because, the ability to get a office and become a minister would be a dream. Especially, when she lost the race for Mayor in Rubaga Division and had nothing except for the ones in the party offices at Najjakumbi.

She has now later said as a result of taking the Ministerial Office. Joyce had to relinquish her position as Deputy President and ceases to be a member of the FDC. This says a lot and also shows what the politician is willing to do for a high ranking office.

Owek. Joyce have been willing to give up her whole career and the hardships of building up a party. That she has left behind the ones who gave her a role and made it possible to be respected there. She just dropped that and didn’t look back.

The FDC has already lost members to this before. There been deflections and people ceasing their membership for a role elsewhere. The party is allowing that in their constitution. Still, the strength and the loyalty to party is dwindling. The FDC has already lost plenty to the Alliance of National Transformation (ANT). Other has created their own ways like Beti Kamya and Beatrice Anywar. They are now also gone yellow from blue. Just like Owek. Joyce is doing too.

It seems like Museveni is able to offer them a safe-haven and fill their pockets. That’s why the previous ones left everything behind as well. Kamya even dropped her own party to become a yellow. Now, Owek. Joyce does it too.

Owek. Joyce knows the FDC. She has been building it and seen how things are going. Museveni must be grinning. His getting a big-shot and a trusted leader from the opposition. He just offered a minor ministerial post and she lost her credibility there.

That is really heartbreaking. This must shatter some souls in the FDC. To see a person who stood on the barricades and been so involved. Take the fist envelope she is offered. Owek. Joyce have accepted to become a sell-out and lose her standing. That comes with the title and the new pay-grade.

She might want to think otherwise, but she has sold her soul. Instead of continuing and finding new ways of being credible opposition. Owek. Joyce prefers the easy way out and wants to pampered after all the years of hardship. That is how it seems.

I don’t want to blame her. It is a cost and struggle to be in a direct opposition of a tyrant and a dictator. However, going into bed with him and betraying your spouse says a lot. She was in a long-term relationship. A sort of marriage, but she’s now divorcing and getting a new hubby. The one hubby she said she was never interested in and was the opposite of what attracted her. Still, she has now left the old love behind for the new flame.

I understand if that hurts some and feel torn about her decision. However, don’t expect a beautiful love-child and a fascinating romance. What you should expect is someone who will work tirelessly to prove herself for her new lover. While sometimes throwing stings at her ex. That is to come. Especially, when the leaders of FDC will speak their minds about the ruling regime. Peace.