Opinion: OO’s defence of Muhoozi is pointless…

The government spokesperson and forever lingering subject of the Republic, Ofwono Opondo dropped a piece recently on Uganda Media Centre called: “MUHOOZI KAINERUGABA AND THE TINGLING POLITICAL FLAMES”. This piece is written like it’s still up in the air and in the open what the plan is. Like there haven’t been a “Project Muhoozi” and the machinery is behind his candidacy, even before he get dusted or even tested. That is evident, as his one of the owners and part of the inner-circle by definition of birth, rank and title at this very moment.

Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba is on the rise and is most definitely aiming for his fathers throne. As he speaks of winning the hearts, minds and all of the Republic. His brash and arrogant stances in combination with promises of a political program. Just shows how he intends to stand and be next in line. That’s National Resistance Movement (NRM) MPs have talked of a rebrand of the party to National Progressive Movement (NPM) and the NRM Youth League has already endorsed him. So, everything is on the table and it up in the open.

That’s why it’s striking that OO writes this: “Muhoozi’s admirers, who seem spread countrywide, and calculating possible windfalls, argue that the ‘MK movement’ is spontaneous although many people disagree and insist it’s well-calculated to give it a veneer of legitimacy so as to shield him from accusations of disregarding the constitutional provision which bars serving UPDF soldiers from involvement in open politics” (OO, 08.05.2022).

OO is writing like they are building up a momentum of sorts. That there is sort of organic traction to Muhoozi, which there is not. It is all artificial and OO knows that. It is within reason to be suspicious and question the legitimacy. When one man has held office since 1986 and suddenly in 2022 his son is aspiring to takeover. That is not organic or by the popularity of public opinion. This is another hostile takeover and not a peaceful transition. It is just a mere change of faces within the family and is suited for a monarchy, but not an elected position.

As OO continues later on: “The birthday carnival involving sports activities and merrymaking at venues across Uganda are indicative of latent mobilization which he has said is unstoppable. On his twitter account, Muhoozi has taunted his haters to watch the unfolding events saying “The enemies fought us for so long! They abused me with every name they could find! Now they can’t believe we have taken over the country! We will not stop until we are in complete control!” There’s no doubt, that Muhoozi, a disciplined professional soldier of repute, on his own merit, attracts great attention, and could as well upset the political alignment should he join the fray” (OO, 08.05.2022).

Well, the birthdays, the marathon and everything else is handled by paid performers and inner-circle officials. This is state sanctioned enterprises, which is reflected by the attendance and the need for free food and concerts to get people to show up. This is half-baked rallies to establish Muhoozi as a viable candidate and an aspiring as such. As his soon ticking 50 years old and still haven’t held any office or been active to prove himself. His only gotten advanced in the army and within the State House, because his the First Son of the President.

OO further says: “The widespread perception until evidence is adduced, is that Muhoozi, a serving officer, contrary to the Constitution and laws governing UPDF, is getting involved in what appears to be open politics and not being called to order. Muhoozi and many supporters present their acclaim as a generational shift to save the NRM revolution from decay among the restless young people who constitute over seventy percent of Uganda’s population whose aspirations aren’t being met” (OO, 08.05.2022).

Here is where OO must take people for fools. When everything is up for grabs. Everything is aligned and prepared for it. It is also very unique that a man close to his fifties is speaking and is tie to the youth. While all of his work is being an avenger and a man of ruthless violence. There is nothing in the past of Muhoozi, which is family friendly or of the sorts of peaceful mind. No, he comes to conquer, to destroy and avenge his father. That’s what he does with brutal results.

So, saying Muhoozi represents a generational shift… it is at least one lost generation plus the ones that is growing up today, because of his fathers lingering leadership. The lack of progress and regress is systemic. A part which Muhoozi a part of and is responsible for keeping alive. Muhoozi isn’t a voice of a new generation or of the decaying youth of the Republic. No, his just a continuation of his father with predetermined entitlement and arrogance.

The most ironic part was this: “There is need for NRM cadres to reinvigorate a culture of spirited debates in the marketplace of ideas because open criticism has declined, while obscurantism and dirty tricks become the dominant face of NRM politics. In this vision, ideological and intellectual exchanges should be unencumbered by personal attacks, harsh judgment, need for self-preservation or risk of occupational hazards. The main objective should be to preserve freedom of inquiry. Many leaders in NRM today seem more focused on curbing disagreements within and outside than finding and pursuing a principled ideological correct line to serve NRM and public interest. At the start of 11th parliament in 2021, NRM took its MPs-elect to the National Leadership Institute (NALI), Kyankwanzi for an orientation in liberation ideology, patriotism, commitment to national duties, political discipline, and humility in leadership” (OO, 08.05.2022).

The party of which is bound by the decree and orders from it’s chairman and the head of state. That one is supposed to get a new culture of spirited debates. The party of which all rebels and all dissenting voices has either been muted, banned or thrown out. The party that goes after the opposition with violence, pre-emptive arrests, torture and extra judicial killing. That party will suddenly become an open forum of ideas?

Who is OO kidding here? Not me… maybe a few gullible fellows who is sitting sideways on the porch. While the rest of us knows the gist. Muhoozi isn’t a man of free speech. Muhoozi isn’t a man of honour or bravery. No, his a man of brutality and an onslaught of violence. That sort of man will not come in peace and offer a new beginning. That isn’t happening. His not that kind… the leopard doesn’t change it’s spots. This is why the President called himself the “Leopards Anus” and said no one should “touch” him. Therefore, we are supposed to believe this? Now? After 36 years of the stalemate and one-man politicking? That his son will change that?

The ones who believe that must be deluded. The Lt. Gen. has been aspiring and wanting to takeover from his father. It wouldn’t be without a reason the Red Pepper and Daily Monitor closure for a week in 2013 and the exile of Gen. David Sejusa over nothing. That’s because this has been planned and is coordinated. Now the state and the government spokesperson tries to deflect and downplay it.

While it’s all in the open and the man itself is showing his plan on Twitter. His using social media to gain attention and show where he stands. If it is by the bullet or by the bible, which at times seems like both. However, hallow or shallow the faith is or as we all know.. that he swears to the gun and presumably prays for solace in church. Peace.

National Resistance Movement (NRM): NRM Youth League endorsement of Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba (11.05.2022)

Opinion: Muhoozi will not save you…

I hate to be the messenger, but someone has to say it first: Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba will not save you…

Like father like son. He might tell stories, promise elaborate things and promise change. However, don’t count on it. His an arrogant, anger-filled, short-tempered and fierce individual. Who has run his maverick rise in the ranks of the army. An avenger of the father and not a man of mercy.

Muhoozi will not make things better. Only for self justification and enrichment. His self indulged and has been brought up in luxury. He haven’t had the need or the probabilities of hardships. He has maybe had hard times in military schools in the United States and North Korea. Still, that is nothing compared to the peasants and the civilian living from hand-to-mouth. The gig-economy is saving nobody and is only pleasurable for the elites.

When the lack of charisma and lack of honour approaches. You know that a man of this sort of character will bring no good. The only reason his name is at play and is regarded, is because of his family ties and the political dynasty his a part of. Not like he has build bridges, captured hearts or been a revolutionary of any sort of capacity.

His just a soldier showing that he wants to join politics. His a Lt. Gen. who wants to get taken serious and outside of the bounds of the army. He wants to be seen as the successor of his father. Nevertheless, the gig is the gig and you cannot trade that away.

It is said to be lonely at the top, but in some respects this man is at the bottom. His maybe a high ranking official and a Lt. Gen, but the public cannot trust him. The time as the commander of the Special Forces Command he shown his merciless attack on civilians. The SFC has been used to torture, detain and kill. His totally ruthless and that hasn’t changed a single bit. The burning destruction of Kasese and the recent escapades in Karamoja. Only shows he lacks heart and soul, because lives doesn’t count, unless it’s himself or his dear wife.

Muhoozi will never be beloved. His just one of them. One of them men who will kill, destroy and be a brute. There is nothing good about him. At least not what the naked eye can see. His just the epitome of everything wrong with this regime. As he come in huge convoys, expects bottle-service and the finest wines. He participate only with the rich business-men and influential musicians. Alas, his not a man of the people, but just another racketeering soldier wishing to be crowned king.

That’s who he is. He might not say or spell it out. Nevertheless, we know this and should say it. Since he will not be held to account or take any sort accountability for his actions. No, he will no shed tears or mourn the lives his taken. Neither will he repent for the damage, the pain and the suffering he caused to civilians. No, he expect the same people to dance, sing and praise the grounds he steps on.

Muhoozi will never be a proper gentlemen or a statesman. He doesn’t have it in him. This man cannot even fake it or shield his brutal past. No, his a gun-slinger and a vicious man who rather destroy someone, than building them up. That’s who he is and it’s so obvious.

That’s why his wearing the fatigue and hoping people find endearing. Alas, it is not… it’s just the hypocrisy and the levels of intimidation he brings. Because, he know there is no love lost… since there was nothing there to begin with. Peace.

Opinion: NPM Versus NRM – It’s the flip-side of the same coin

There are now talks of a launch or a rebrand possibly of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), the ruling regime party since 1986. That it will become the National Progressive Movement (NPM). It is just taking one coined phrase of our time and pinning away the old. The “Resistance” is changed with “Progressive”.

There been people mocking the “Resistance” as it is an established party and cannot resist anything at this point. It is the opposition and the renegades activists that is resisting or defying the current regime these days. However, the NRM is far from progressive and more conservative in any manner of approach. That’s why it’s just using a popular word and pining it in the name.

We know the NRM came in with “No Change” and in the 2016 campaign they used the slogan “Steady Progress” and in the last one it was “Securing Your Future”. So, if you are looking at the slogans and programs, they have become stale and also lack of progression. That is the deprecating acts of lingering in power. The NPM will only change the logo and possible the name. The party and the junta government isn’t really changing.

If this happens because of Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba … he might turn the NRM into NPM and it hopefully become his own vehicle and ends up like Uganda Patriotic Movement (UPM). Because, his father had one successful party and politicking, which turned into the NRM. Before that the UPM was launched and had a terrible election in 1980.

So, it is not like all things the father has done was a victory and a winning strategy. Heck, the father wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for Obote and how Nyerere gave him a chance to participate in the ending of the Amin government. Therefore, the greatness is given to him by the help of others and him joining forces. The same way he started to rule by a national front and anyone could join it by becoming a part of the NRM. That was a coalition of former leaders of other movements who had also worked to end the Obote regime. Therefore, Museveni was able to politicking and settle grievances with others by giving them titles or offices.

Now, Muhoozi wants to follow his father and it’s striking as the NPM is just a rehash of the NRM. The Yellow will continue, their purge, violence and intolerance for others will persist. The dictatorship doesn’t become saint like because of a name-change. It is a name-change, but not a change in how it operates or what it does. The only progressive about the NPM is the P in the middle of the name. There is no progression or significant change. The same army is violating people, authorities attacking and monitoring the opposition and the table is turned against the civilians.

That’s why there is nothing new in the sphere of things. It is the same, it doesn’t matter if it is heads or tails. It is the same coin and the only thing that changes is that you flipped the coin. The coin is of the same value and same size. Nothing has changed, but the other side of the coin.

We can only hope the NPM would go down in flames and in a total failure like the UPM. Since this would be the first launch and party of Muhoozi. He is a total uncharismatic and has shown no public leadership skills. His an event manager and a soldier for his father. The avenger of his father and not a public figure in another manner.

NRM Versus NPM… more of “no change” and a new figure head of the dynasty. That is not progression or progressive for that matter. This stagnation or status quo. So, a sincere name-change would be National Stability Movement, but that isn’t as “sexy” as Progressive. Peace.

Opinion: The Rise of the Cassava Republic

If there is no bread, eat muwogo (cassava). Africans confuse themselves. You are complaining there will be no bread, if there is no bread, eat cassava. I do not eat bread myself” – President Yoweri Tibuhurwa Kaguta Museveni (01.05.2022)

Eh! Are you hungry? We don’t eat bread around here. No matter if cooking oil prices is skyrocketing, if other commodities are going up. The fuel has already gone up and so has so much other things of late. So, when the President says people should eat Cassava instead of Bread. That is being said with the backdrop of rising wheat prices, as consequences of the Ukraine war.

It is not like this is only on cooking oil and wheat. No, this is on fuel, soap and sugar. Reported by Ssekandi: “According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, the price of cooking oil increased by 21 % between December 2021 and February 2022, and the annual rise was 77.6 %. In February, a laundry-soap bar cost 20 % more than in December and almost 50 % more than one year earlier. The petrol price surged by 15.3 % in three months and by 34 % in 12 months” (Ronald Ssegujja Ssekandi – ‘Ugandan government sees inflation as external shock’ 02.05.2022, D+C – Development and Cooperation).

So, this is a real issue. This is starting to look like the inflation of 2011 and how things became to costly. Which was creating strikes and the activist organizations of Activists for Change (A4C). The famous “walk to work” and that could happen again. As the prices are too high and the salaries are too low. If not to low… they are not co-existing with the realities on the ground. The gig economy isn’t ensuring a safety-net or a real adjustment of salaries in comparison of the rising prices.

The way the President spoke by it was damage control, because his government and institutions could do something about it. The state could insert trade-incentives and erase barriers to the market. The state could for time being suspend certain taxes and even value added taxes (VAT) in such a manner, that the prices would drop a little. However, that is of no concern. The same is with the expensive imports and whatnot. The landlocked republic needs imports, as it is not self-sufficient on a lot of commodities.

Yes, food wise there are alternatives and the farmers can sustain a lot. The massive production of plantain, cassava and millet can patch the hurt. However, that is not what everyone eats on the regular. That’s why imported rice and other things comes into play. Even maize-flour is imported and we can just imagine the rising prices on that as well. Not to talk about the beans and meat prices in all of this.

The President is just trying to get away from the problem, as it arises and he has seemingly very few tools at his disposal or any sort of coffers to clear the windfall. The cassava is only to patch the hurt, but will not salvage anything. It is only the fruits of his labour and how he has not set forward or had any clues how to govern. He only knows get-quick-rich schemes and Ponzi-schemes looking like micro-financing policies. This was bound to fall and you cannot spend money you don’t have and not have any sort of collateral or assets to trade with. That’s why his encircled by his own financial policies and cannot catch up. The spiralling debt, the lack of domestic revenue and the short-sighted government programmes only deprecates the state and gives it less incentive to move forward.

That’s why this is a real Cassava republic. Where it’s soon to expensive to fry it in the pan. Either the gas, the charcoal or the cassava itself is too expensive. While, the bread is only for the elites anyway. Lord have mercy, the damage we do upon ourselves. The heir is also rising to the throne, but he will have no clue what to do. Except for torturing, extra judicial killings and spreading false-hood on social media. Peace.

Opinion: Muhoozi’s quest for cheap popularity

A person subject to military law who displays any of the following types of conduct—

(a) quest for cheap popularity;

(b)liberalism;

(c)intrigue and double talk;

(d)tribalism, nepotism or any other form of sectarianism;

(e)formation of a clique in the army, commits the offence of subversion and is liable on conviction to life imprisonment.” (UPDF Act, 2005).

The Commander of Land Forces, the third ranking official of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and Senior Presidential Advisor, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba is now asking the public support his team. His flaunting his political ambitions and that his preparing a political programme.

As a man of the army, a man subjected to the military law. Everything we have seen of late is to get “cheap popularity” and it’s obvious. He is using the military platform to his advantage. The Lt. Gen. is reckless in concern to the State House and the Government itself. While his professing his “Project Muhoozi” and opening up the gates for his succession of his father. Alas, there is the pickle.

Lt. Gen. Kainerugaba might think his gigs are a winning strategy, as his using parts of the formula of his father. That he has several of entertainments and artists on stage while ushering in his campaign rally in the midst of it. The same has the President done in 2016 and 2021. He has done this and that’s why Jose Chameleone and Bebe Cool been part of it for years. They all knew this and it’s nothing new.

What is striking is that he can just do this… and pay no ramification for it. His a CLF and the Lt. Gen. is acting without any office or justification to do so. The “Project Muhoozi” is now forming and in the public eye. He haven’t even retired from the army or any of his official offices. While his playing the cards out and speaking of victory of his Team MK. Like Team MK is a political party and even NRM MPs is speaking of it. That’s when you know the scheme is up.

Muhoozi can come out with his platform and play for the cheap popularity, as the entertainment and a plate of food is served at events. The Lt. Gen. can act like it doesn’t matter, but he surely wanted more than a handful to run in his marathon. He wanted full stadiums at the concerts and football matches. Nevertheless, the artificial popularity can only take you so far.

The people know you and the UPDF act should matter, as his not above the law and should be held in contempt for it. As his seeking cheap popularity as a Lt. Gen and a subject to Military Law. He should be sent for Court Martial. A Court Martial that has been used to stifle the opposition and activists, who happened to be civilian. However, this is a man of the army and he should have acted accordingly.

However, the first son and the heir of the dictatorship thinks otherwise. His hubris, ego and arrogance is on another level. Someone should humiliate him and he should answer to the Gods. Nevertheless, that is for another day. Peace.

Opinion: Apparently, Muhoozi needed to reoccupy the Republic, who knew?

The enemies fought us for so long! They abused me with every name they could find! Now they can’t believe we have taken over the country! We will not stop until we are in complete control!” (Muhoozi, 01.05.2022).

Everyone should give credit to Gen. David Sejusa aka Tinyefuza aka Tinye for his revelation of the “Project Muhoozi” in 2013. We are now close to a decade later and Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga is acting like he owns the Republic. He also believes his own it now after a few half-assed or decent performances of others. Free food and entry to concerts can easily bring people out.

Especially, since the nation been under lockdown and people haven’t been able to gather. So, there is plenty of reasons, which isn’t directly connected to Muhoozi or his persona. Just the opportunity and the liberty to see musicians on stage at a big event for the first time in while.

He act like he “won” something. The only thing he has proven is that his a nobody, if it wasn’t for his father. Muhoozi would be a nobody and a street sweeper if it wasn’t for his father. Heck, he would be a peasant and possible work on the fields somewhere. However, he would not be in the State House or anywhere near prominence.

That doesn’t change the fact today that his the Third Ranking official in the National Army or the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) and a Senior Presidential Advisor with a lofty ambition. His speaking of Team MK like it is a viable force, but that is only as long as he can pay people for the gigs. There will be few and little people around him without the influence of the President and the possible wealth his family has amassed over the years.

That’s why it’s extra funny that he says this:

Amongst the Bachwezi, my clan were always the warriors! I can understand why a few haters are terrified by our return! After 500 years!” (Muhoozi, 01.05.2022).

Maybe, the Kingdom of Bachwezi should be first recognized, secondly someone with power should legitimize Prince Mkungu Frank Nzhuzuure who claims to be the 37th heir of the Bachwezi dynasty. However, we know President Museveni isn’t accepting that. He sees himself as the King of Kings (Ssabagabe).

While there is already another heir as the Ankole crown prince Charles Aryaija Rwebishengye Barigye, who is Obugabe of the Ankole. However, we know by now that Museveni has no intention of restoring that. Since he has seen himself as the only leader and therefore blocked anyone else.

This would mean that Bachwezi and Obugabe have not gotten their cultural rights or restoration of their kingdoms like others has. That because there is a deeper struggle within the State House and the Presidency itself. As the President see himself as the Ssabagabe and because of that he cannot have anyone claiming the title King in his homestead. While there are two apparent heirs and two lineages of dynasties, which reflects the lost kingdoms and their history.

A history, which Muhoozi is very proud off, but they are not reflected by the actions of the state. Maybe Muhoozi thinks his the return of Ndahura or something like that. Nevertheless, that is most likely not. As his just another warrior and a big-man with huge ego.

While the Bachwezi is a thing of historical value. The only living remains of their kingdom is the recognized Bunyoro-Kiata Kingdom and their Babiito dynasty, which is ruled by the Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I who happens to be the 27th King of the Babiito dynasty.

So, Muhoozi and Museveni have to challenge that one as well. If he was to re-ignite the Bachwezi. Also, try to block the Obugabe Barigye and the apparent heir Prince Nzhuzuure. Still, I think both is far-fetched and won’t happen. The kingdoms that has been recognized has been done for a reason and also to get political capital, which the President and State House haven’t needed here.

We just have to wait for the re-occupation of Muhoozi and see his vast amount of fans in the Team MK show up for him. Like they are willing to follow his convoy and every movement. That happens to Besigye and Bobi Wine, but never seen that happening for Muhoozi. If he believes the hype and such, his a fool, but that we knew already. He thinks the Bebe Cool’s and Jose Chameleone will bring his an easy victory and a ticket to Presidency.

It will only bring him tears. As his neither a king, a man of the people or an honourable. His just a son of a President without no proper mission. Other than exposing his naive will of total control. Also, that he wishes he was someone and somebody who was respected. However, people are only surrounding him and being part of this, because they are getting paid. There is no love lost and he will feel lonely. Since, his imposing himself and not there by popular demand. Peace.

The Saga of Kongulu – Is that the next chapter for Muhoozi?

After the recent weekend, the big bash and concert in Kampala. The questions are obvious and unleashing of the First Son to the public is evidently clear. There is no secret letters or General David Sejusa aka Tinyefuza aka Tinye leaking intelligence anymore. No, it is all in the open and the signs on the horizon is clear.

Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga is aiming for the throne and wants to be the next in line after his father. Which was announced and proclaimed in the 2013 letters to the press by Sejusa. These are now relevant, but told a vital story. A story that is now not only returning, but the authorities and the state is trying to normalize. That the unelected son is the one for the next term. His the guy and the big-man. A man who has never been tested, tried or held any official capacity outside of the army. That this man is able and ready to become the next head of state.

However, President Yoweri Tiburhurwa Kaguta Museveni isn’t the only one who did this to his son. The dictator that he deposed with Rwandan forces in the late 1990s, Mobutu Sese Seko had a son, which was made Captain and trained military, Captain Kongulu Mobutu. He was also in the reigns and in arms reach. As President Mobutu didn’t trust or see other military leaders fit. That’s why he trained his son and used him to violently go after the ones who was in his way. Just in the way Muhoozi is cleaning the slate and doing the dirty jobs of Museveni these days. Museveni who ironically said he would be different, than the old guard and come with a “fundamental change”. Alas, he just copied and created his own regime.

A document from Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) of Canada states this about Mobutu’s son:

Information on Kungulu, a high ranking military official in Mobutu régime is scarce among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate. However, attachments refer to a man named Kongulu as former president Mobutu’s son who served in the Zairian Presidential Security Division (DSP) with a rank of Captain. Please note that some sources refer to him as Mobutu Kongulu (The Detroit News 19 May 1997; The New York Times 18 May 1997) while others as Mobutu Kongolo (AFP 29 May 1997; ibid. 20 May 1997; Reuters 23 May 1997). Early reports place him in Brazzaville (AFP 29 May 1997) and Lomé, Togo (ibid., 20 May 1997). In November 1997 Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported that Mobutu Kongolo was living is Morocco (11 November 1997). According to Jeune Afrique Magazine, some of former president Mobutu’ s family members live in Paris, France and in Rabat, Morocco (17-23 March 1998,18)” (IRB – Dokument #1112226, 21.05.1998).

This here doesn’t say much more than what I stated. However, there are more sources on the son of Mobutu, which might become even more interesting. Since, Muhoozi is trading the same waters and with old dictator as a father.

Wire reported this: “Well after President Mobutu’s departure, his youngest son, Capt. Mobutu Kongulu, 27, an officer in the Presidential Guard – and a man feared here as Zaire’s own “Saddam Hussein”- sought to rally other guardsmen in a last-ditch attempt to stave off a rebel capture of Kinshasa and avenge his father’s defeat, Zairian officers said Saturday. From the moment he learned of his father’s decision to leave power, they said, he plotted how to punish those he felt had abandoned the president. On Friday night, Capt. Mobutu was seen entering the military camp where his father kept his final Kinshasa residence. Moments later, the army chief of staff and defense minister, Gen. Mahele Lioko, was shot in the head and killed. Mahele’s associates said that word had leaked out that he was planning to travel to Lusaka, Zambia, Saturday to negotiate a cease-fire with the rebels and that Capt. Mobutu had decided to prevent it” (The Spokesman – Review – ‘Mobutu’s Son Suspected Of Killing Moderate General’ 18.05.1997).

While the CNN reported this as he was fleeing: “Meanwhile, his eldest son, Kongulu, and 109 members of the deposed leader’s extended family were stuck across the river from Kinshasa, in Brazzaville, Congo, because a flight crew refused to fly them out. Kongulu, a senior army officer, was the son most closely associated with his father’s brutal excesses. Zairians trashed his house on Sunday” (CNN – ‘Mobutu in Togo as Zaire rebels assume leadership’ 19.05.1997).

This is from the past, as well, as there was reports that he died in exile in Monaco. The father and the son died in exile. As the new regime was placed by the invading forces and nations. Which just happens to be Uganda and Rwanda. The current Ugandan Dictator was behind the downfall of Mobutu Sese Seko and his son. Now, we are discussing it over 2 decades later.

Muhoozi should consider the end of Kongulu. Kongulu Mobutu didn’t become 30 years old. However, he got recognized and known like Muhoozi. It isn’t like Muhoozi haven’t a bloody record and trashed his reputation before he even tries to be elected or be a representative. That’s because of what he did as the Commander of the Special Forces Command (SFC) and as the Commander of Land Forces in the UPDF.

The Maj. Gen. and later Lt. Gen. has shown his fierce actions and how he is the avenger of the President. When you know this and what he has used his power to do. Muhoozi could easily fill the shoes of Kongulu. I know that Muhoozi hopes to be the next Uhuru and be a Kenyatta of Uganda. That’s what he hopes for, but the brutal reality is that he isn’t and never will be.

Muhoozi might have a brutal and a reckoning of ancient warriors, which will not be at ease or accept what his trying to do. There might be enough enemies and people who are double-crossed over the years. That they might address it with a spear and with a dagger. When you answer with fire and blood to settle every decree. Sooner or later, blades will come back and maybe even from within. So, Muhoozi will never be safe… that’s because of the choices he has made and done in service of his father.

The son should learn from Mobutu. As his father is the Ugandan version of Mobutu in 2022. They might dismiss this, but everything Mobutu did… they are currently doing and how it is governed. There is plenty of similarities and Muhoozi should be worried. Because, the future isn’t that bright.

The NRM and Museveni will not say that. They need Muhoozi to be the future and be a promising agent of hope. However, his possible another Kongulu and he should learn the lessons of the past. Nevertheless, his arrogance and his ignorance could easily make it possible to repeat the sins of past again. Instead of in Kinshasa and such, it would be in Kampala and anywhere within Uganda.

Muhoozi should consider his every step. The same should everyone in his team. Every step he takes will be crucial and people will ask for accountability for all things he has done. The blood on his hands… and the warfare under his command.

So, will Muhoozi learn from Kongulu or will he repeat it? That’s a question we all can ask and time will only tell. Peace.

Opinion: The army is involved everywhere Mr. Muntu

Gen Muhoozi has his own right as a Ugandan citizen to exercise that right as a Ugandan and run for any political office. The only problem I see if he is really interested in running as a President of the country, Gen Museveni who should be more experienced in these matters, should have first released him from the army because the moment you let Gen Muhoozi who is in uniform, a serving officer, trying to project him for politics, you are literally trying to drag in the whole national security apparatus, something which has its own problems” – Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu (25.04.2022).

The sentiment the leader of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu is right… but it’s faulty. The Uganda Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) is already involved and participating in every part of life. The UPDF and the authorities are inside and part of politics, because that’s how the regime rolls and continues to thrive.

The UPDF is building roads, construction of public buildings, giving away mosquito-nets, killing army-worms, going after rouge fishermen on Lake Victoria and participate directly in politics. The ones who don’t believe that… should be reminded that the UPDF have 5 MPs elected into Parliament. These are supposed to be “non-partisan” but we know they are towing the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party line. They would never double-cross the State House or the NRM Caucus. That’s not happening…

The UPDF and all of it’s agencies are used to intimidate, keep civilians and activists incommunicado. The UPDF and the other agencies has kidnapped, tortured and even used Court Martial as a means of silencing opposition leaders. The UPDF is so embedded that it’s a tool of oppression and using vicious impunity to strike the dissidents hard. The CMI, SFC, LDCs or UPDF are all involved and makes the state more powerful in comparison to everyone else.

Muntu saying Muhoozi is problematic because his an army-man and a commander is right. That is an observation, which is truthful, but at the same time. The militarization of the NRM and politics is just proven every time they are holding conferences at Kyankwanzi. When you are seeing ministers and MPs wearing military fatigue. Heck, the President either wears a yellow shirt, a suit or military fatigue. That’s his whole closet and it’s evident how important the armed forces are for him. Because, everyone knows that the NRM and the regime isn’t living on its popularity. It thrives on intimidation and fear… that’s when the soldiers and military is useful.

We all knows this and Muntu should know this as well. The NRM and the state has been this for a long time. Muhoozi is now more involved, but that’s by entitlement and not by his achievement by any means. The Lt. Gen. is only there because his the son and nothing else. He got no skills, charisma or ability worth a damn. He can only live on the wealth of the inner-circle and the power of the army. That’s why he had to wear a military fatigue and be like his father.

However, Muhoozi is just the symbol of how the military is needed and a reason for the current status quo in government. The NRM cannot survive or hold power without the army. The army and their agencies gives them an edge and can silence the ones they need to stop. That’s why Muhoozi doesn’t distance himself and wants to be looked like a powerful General. His boosting his ego on twitter and being part of campaigns when he can like in the DRC, Karamoja and even Kasese. That’s why he got blood on his hands and no one is even questioning that.

Muhoozi just think he can walk from one office into another one. He thinks he can occupy and takeover without merit from his father. The officers and the ones hired for the gig will praise the man, but everyone knows that his useless. The ones saying otherwise has little to nothing to prove. The NRM and such will ensure he gets a soft landing. “Project Muhoozi” has been in the works and that’s evident by now.

Muntu is right, but the UPDF is everywhere and isn’t going anywhere. Peace.

Opinion: Muhoozi is representing the past before even having a promising future

This weekend the Republic was supposed to be on fire. The time was supposed to stop and everyone was supposed to dance to the songs of the next in line. The regime was making a statement with the 48th Birthday Bash of Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the first son, Senior Presidential Advisor and Commander of the Land Forces in the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF).

This was the opportunity to make a flash and create an epic moment. However, it didn’t really do that. The handlers and everyone is busy selling it. Like it was a unique and brilliant event. As people ate the rice and listened to all the artists on stage. They were not there to listen to or concerned about the Lt. Gen. No, they were there for the entertainment and the free food. That’s it.

That’s why close to nobody was running in the marathon and the roads that was sealed off. Was a tragic event and showing the regime cannot muster real crowds for the man. He needs the artists and the popularity of their tunes. Need the free food and the musicians, because Muhoozi himself got no character and no charisma worth mentioning.

Muhoozi is already old before his even starting. His not a young blood. Compared to his father most people are young. Nevertheless, his not in the middle, but just a decade or so away from the age of retirement as civil servant himself. Public Service laws states that civil servants has to retire at the age of 60 and being 48 years old this year. The first son has little to no time, as the clock is ticking and his closer to retirement than his youth.

So, when his tribe and propaganda peddlers are selling him like the future. Know that the Youth Leaders of the NRM has more years in the trenches and trying to seek relevance. Than whatever Muhoozi has done over the years. The state has prepared for his time and place since “Project Muhoozi” became a thing in 2013.

That’s why nearly a decade later the NRM is trying to sell him and make him likeable. However, it is hard to make someone genuine and caring. When he promise to bring the guns and bibles by the barrel of the gun to Karamoja sub-region. Or saying that his army is the best and flex his ego on the regular. While trying to cosying up Kigali and Nairobi. Therefore, Muhoozi isn’t that loveable of a fella.

For some reason without even trying… his the old guard and the lost era. Muhoozi represent the takeover and the NRA without even shooting the guns of Luwero Triangle. He has tried to sell himself like a hardcore “Tony Montana” kind of character, but his never that clever or able to manipulate the masses. There is little to look for or even care about this man. His just known because he was born and happened to be the son of the President.

Muhoozi has shown he has the system behind him. As the authorities and everyone else went in line, as the birthday and marathon was issued. However, even if the authorities and the army is behind him. The people and general public is not. They are not behind him or believing in his future. A future that isn’t promising, but very grim. His an entitled and born with the silver-spoon. Not like Muhoozi has accomplished or achieved anything worth a damn. Unless, the skulls, massacres and vicious avenger has chewed some socialities we don’t know. Maybe he ate some special kimchi in North Korea, but we cannot know about that.

Muhoozi thinks his the future, but his a symbol of the past. He might not know that, but the way he acts and speaks shows it. His not a bright future or a change worth mentioning. No, his just a cadre of the NRM and continuation of the dictatorship of his father. It is not like his a revolutionary or a man of progress. If things are falling apart and self-destructive, it will accelerate with the reign of Muhoozi. Things will go into pieces and become much worse. Because, a man who is like this and his arrogance is louder than words. The mannerism and the way he takes the Republic for granted. He will not make things better, but only more destruction… Peace.

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