Well, over the recent days, there been ordinary news, but if you combine it all. You see a pattern. The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) tried to access a radio station to a paid appearance with Dr. Kizza Besigye and Partick Oboi Amuriat in Adjumani district. This got cancelled and ended with tear-gas as they was barred to enter.
In a few days ago, the former FDC President and new leader of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) Gen. Mugisha Muntu tried to hold a meeting in Mbarara, but to no use. As the Anti-Riot Police blocked him and ensured that he couldn’t access the place of the meeting.
As the newly minted Democratic Party Lord Mayoral Candidate for Kampala Jose Chameleone starts campaigning for the 2021 race. His concerts has dried out and blocked by the authorities, just like it has happen to Bobi Wine.
While all of this happening, the National Resistance Movement are holding rallies in several of locations, the President are gracing the local radios and giving gifts to local dignitaries. His even receiving honourable titles in Busoga for Gods sake. The President and his team can be at any venue, with any crowd without any interference, while the opposition will be in hot water and tasting tear-gas before even thinking about entering a crowded street. There will even be machine guns and LDUs gracing the streets to welcome the opposition. That is the current affairs of the Republic.
We can really see a pattern, where the big-man, the President of 33 years can do whatever he wants and campaign as much he pleases. While the rest has to meet the Police, Anti-Riot Police, LDUs and state agents armed to their teeth. That is what striking difference it is there. The closer we get to the elections, the more violent the state agents will be too. Also, expect more of the opposition leaders to be detained and temporary be out of the game. Because of they inciting violence or annoyed the President.
There is nothing new under the sun. However, this is a known tactic will be more fierce. Don’t be surprised. This is who Museveni and the NRM is, even as the PPU and other PR outlets tries to make he look like saint, his act is of a villain. A villain who cannot handle dissidents. Peace.