Opinion: Museveni rehashing old ideas for yet another public address

Today, it’s a formality, a technicality of sorts, the State of the Nation address, which is the part of the protocol and Parliamentary Procedure. Therefore, this speech is scheduled and a fixed affair. However, President Yoweri Tibuhurwa Kaguta Museveni have been speaking to the public on the regular. It not like he will say anything new or sincere today.

Nobody expect a ground-breaking and earth-shattering revelation, which is of epic proportions. No, it will just be the run-of-the-mill speech, which could have been easily drafted before any other public gathering from this old man. There will be nothing substantial or game changing.

President Museveni will spew the same sort of rhetoric, same sort of fashionable play and praise his own achievements. Go back in age, have a historical lesson and even a few bible quotes. Then have a few left-field touches and grins, as the man cannot help himself. He will dig into a few bottlenecks and lack of integration. We know the drill.

That’s why using time to listen or even evaluate his speech is redundant. Its waisted energy. We have done it all before and the ploys are getting old. Just like the old man himself. It is recycling and rehashing the same things. There is nothing new under the sun, but this is just stating the obvious.

During the lockdown of yester-year, I had a Keeping up with Kaguta series on the speeches there. Without a shadow of a doubt. The speeches there in comparison to this wouldn’t far from each other. The only thing different is a few minor tweaks and what he needs to say, as per protocol of the State of the Nation. Therefore, to address it all or even look into it is benign.

Very few will listen, and even fewer will bother to read it. They know it is filled of obnoxious lies, deceit and deceptions, also exaggerations and personal brownie-points of good work done. Ensuring that he has done great since taking office in 1986. That the economy is strong, the military stronger and his dick can still create babies. Because, we have heard it all before and its old news. This isn’t even fake news, but old fossil fuel news, which could have been dropped a press release and we could have moved on swiftly.

President Museveni will come with same sort of claims, words and quotations, where he boosts his own ego and achievements. There will be nothing that is worthwhile or memorable. Unless, his coming with the Leopards Anus or speaking of truck-drivers finding wives. Because, we know his into those kinds of things. Maybe even pigs and other non-preferred insects, which is derogatory statements said about his enemies or “hoodlums”. The people he doesn’t want to be associated with.

Don’t be confused. There are no lessons here and only the same old story. Again for 2021. By Mr. 1986 and his junta government. Peace.

Opinion: POA is showing FDC’s arrogance

Patrick Oboi Amuriat, the Forum for Democratic Change president, Patrick Oboi Amuriat has offered to provide guidance to the National Unity Platform, based on the experience they have, as they take up leadership of the opposition in parliament. Speaking in Gulu, Amuriat also noted that the failure by NUP to appoint some of the FDC leaders with good leadership credentials citing Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and Nathan Nandala Mafabi, was a bold move on the part of the National Unity Platform” (NTV Uganda, 30.05.2021).

On the 28th May 2021 the National Unity Platform revealed their Shadow Cabinet in the 11th Parliament. The first of the NUP as the Leaders of Opposition in Parliament. That’s has its merits and it’s questions.

The former Presidential Candidate of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Patrick Oboi Amuriat (POA) is now throwing shade against the appointments of the NUP. Yes, the FDC had added other opposition parties in their two recent shadow cabinets in 2011 and 2016. That is their prerogative and their decision to make.

However, the FDC has been on a war-path. They have used every single turn to assault and go after the NUP. There been no single day or moment… where there haven’t been headlines or snide comments toward the leadership of the NUP. This being from the gentlemen that the FDC wants to have in the shadow cabinet. The ones who has gone after the NUPs decision in general.

How does POA expect this to work? Talking all sort of shit and one of them even called the NUP snakes? Nandala-Mafabi said the NUP was working in the day against the NUP and in the evening seeking meal-tickets at the State House in the evening. How do you work with a gentlemen like that? Ssemujju Nganda have also been bruised and insinuating things as well… so why do they want to kiss and make-up now?

I don’t get it. The FDC supporters calling NUP amateurs and such too. While thinking the NUP should just give way. When the snide comments and the “disciplined” party supposed to be forgiven. What’s with the entitlement of the FDC?

POA should know all of this. The fallout is clear and there been no positive meetings between the parties since the General Election. There been no proof of care or concern. The FDC asks for unity when its in their favour, but not when its concern of everyone else. The FDC did things nicely in 2016 and 2011. In 2016 they appointed 7 DP MPs and in 2011 they had MPs from the UPC, DP; JEEMA and independent. However, that was the decision of FDC as the biggest opposition party.

That the NUP have done another choice and only appointed one JEEMA MPs in 2021. This is their decision. Secondly, the FDC and the ones mentioned haven’t been friendly towards the NUP. So, how do you expect the NUP to give way and be humbled like that?

If the FDC and POA wanted the NUP to have appointees. Why not participate in the proposed meeting over the Leader of Opposition? The letter was sent out and the FDC wasn’t concerned about that. Neither has the FDC or anyone in the FDC Secretariat even cared about the United Forces for Change (UFC). It seems to just be a empty document with no flair.

The FDC needs to carry its own weight now. Take responsibility. The lecturing of NUP is getting old. Just because your the previous biggest opposition party over a decade. Doesn’t give you any automatic points or reflection of offices within the shadow cabinet. Especially, when all your acts are backfiring. There is no signals of positivity or acts of talks, which could have resolved this and given incentives to make it happen.

We now know that didn’t happen and there been instead a steady quotes of insults and arrogant mannerisms. Which will create a space for working together or even become a opposing opposition. There is no signs of unification or even working towards the same goals. As the parties are significantly different in ways of moving ahead. The FDC who is supposed to be mature here could have acted differently, but that’s too much to ask.

The NUP is just supposed to be lectured, humiliated and take it on the chin. While later supposed to drop the grudges and work as a team. How can they phantom this in the FDC? Would they have accepted that and just showing mercy without any proof of friendliness? Who are they kidding?

That’s what infuriate me. When POA in Gulu speaking like this. It doesn’t matter how bright or smart the fellow MPs are. They have played this one out and didn’t showed any concern before the appointees was announced. They are just entitled now and expected to be thought of. Well, show some humility and act civil. Not just be snide and attack. Then later wonder why they don’t want to talk to you or work with you.

It is like when your kid in a sandbox. The one is building a sandcastle and the other is destroying it. Later the one destroying it, wonders why the fellow kid in the sandbox doesn’t want to play together. That’s because the other kid is hurt by destruction of his sandcastle. That’s what the FDC has been preoccupied with doing… and now they say their hurt for not being considered. That’s foolish, but shows their arrogance at this point. Peace.

Opinion: The NUP validates the ‘Rigged’ Election

The National Unity Platform and its allies are in-directly finalizing the ‘rigged’ election by appointing the shadow government with the Leader of Parliament Mathias Mpuuga. Mpuuga is a highly regarded opposition MP and is a staunch critic of the state. A man who knows his words and his actions. A man who has been on the “battlefield” for years and who has seen the devastation the state is delivering its dissidents. Therefore, a fine lad to be the LOP. However, they are committing the same sins of the predecessors.

The NUP is just like the FDC in 2016. They have the results, the rigged tally the burden or the price of the horrendous affair called the General Election. Where the state secured the bag and took it all. Where they have the majority and the President. Even though, everyone with a sound mind knows this game was rigged and the ruling regime took the power with blunt force. They do not have the love or the popularity to rule with such a margin. However, all the tricks made has made this possible.

So now today, just as the 11th Parliament is starting and the President yet to announce his cabinet for this term. The NUP have appointed the shadow government, indefinitely validating the results and “moving on”. They are taking the second loser position and allowing the heist. That is the initial act done today. Just like it was when Mugisha Muntu and Winnie Kiiza accepted the loss and took the grounds in Parliament after the resounding heist in 2016.

The only difference is that it isn’t the FDC this time, but the newcomer NUP who does it. The 11th Parliament have a majority NRM and they will have little to no say. They are pawns on the chess-set and the state is giving small handouts to trickle things in. How do you think that only 15 FDC MPs voted for their own for speaker? Shouldn’t they have been loyal to the party?

Well, they should have, but maybe the NRM made another preposition or if not gave them a offer they couldn’t refuse. So, in this regard, the NUP should be careful. When seeing how other parties have navigated this. The regime will use every excuse and maligned them. That’s why risking this now is dangerous. When a established party like the FDC can look so foolish at this stage. What do you think the NUP can be doing later?

Mpuuga got a hustle ahead of him. He is validating a rigged election and swallowing the tears of the oppressed. He is doing so with caution, but he shouldn’t rest assured. Mpuuga should know the consequences of doing this and so should the party as well. They are playing the same game like the ones before.

So, it makes it harder to be a hardliner, when you are eating and accepting titles of defeat. They are saying that they are giving up the race and rallying along the state. The NUP and the opposition are going back-to-normal and scheduled programming. Instead of using their might and power to stifle the process. It could be risky, but if you don’t dare… you don’t get to light up the place either.

The just succumb to the same pressure that the FDC has done. They have been running wild and telling stories, the NUP dropped the report during this month, but is not using it for anything. It is just a document and not getting the credibility it deserves. It is just another foiled enterprise. Instead of going head-on.

The NUP is already paying a high price. The NUP is already targeted, their people are still behind bars, abducted and killed. They are under fire, but these people losing their lives so things goes to status quo seems tragic. They have lost everything and we go back to the setting of 2016 but with another banner behind it. That’s the change and the difference…

The LoP isn’t FDC, but is a NUP. That is the change. The shadow cabinet is all NUP, instead of FDC. Though, we are at the same place and with the same order as after the general election in 2016. Only with a lot of lives in jeopardy, a lot of people abducted and a lot civilians as political prisoners. That’s the vast difference.

The NUP had their chance, it would cost. Just as it could have cost FDC in the past. Though, none of them dared to do it. They didn’t dare to go that far and put their titles in jeopardy. Because, that is going to far. One needs the Parliament to run as normal…

Sigh… shish… Peace.

National Unity Platform (NUP): Press Release (28.05.2021)

Opinion: Ssemujju is clearly not that bright

On the 24th May 2021 Jacob Oulanyah was voted in as the Speaker of the 11th Parliament with the incumbent Rebecca Kadaga becoming the first loser. The second loser of the vote in the plenary session was Forum for Democratic Change own MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda. What is striking is that Ssemujju is going hardball on the National Unity Platform MPs for not supporting his case. That where I will play and deliberate my peace, because this is going nowhere.

Until now, I have had a feeling that MP Ssemujju was bright, but the light-bulb isn’t that shiny anymore. His going after the NUPs MPs votes for Kadaga. Instead of even looking first at his own home. He should look at his fellow party MPs who betrayed him first. If FDC is such a strong and independent machine as it has claimed for years. Why are there so little loyalty for him?

He got 15 votes out of 32 MPs. The MP lost 17 MPs from his own party. That should hurt him. These FDC MPs rather vote for a NRM MP for speaker than for him. Ssemujju should keeps his ducks in a row and speak to the leadership of FDC. He needs to settle the score at Najjakumbi and maybe hold a prayer. Since his current prayers haven’t been answered.

That his targeting the NUP is childish. The 57 MPs are free to act as they see fit or after the strategy of which the party has decided. The NUP have tried to be cordial and work with the FDC before the first plenary session. However, the FDC didn’t want to meet.

While several of FDC MPs have gone after the NUP before hand. They are now targeting the NUP again. It is like a war of hogwash where Ssemujju is following Nandala-Mafabi and Salaamu Musumba. Therefore, why should NUP shield and support a party who is speaking ill of them?

The FDC is no difference to NRM at this point. The NUP might have voted for Kadaga in spite. However, that was in their interest and their choice. That Ssemujju was the only real “opposition” candidate. His still not a uniting figure or a voice of reason here. He cannot even galvanize the FDC behind him. Why should the NUP break their back for him? Why?

The FDC hasn’t been co-operative and in favour of joint ventures since 2011s Inter-Party Coalition (IPC). They haven’t really been sincere and dropped righteously out of The Democratic Alliance (TDA). Neither was there any sense or work within the United Forces for Change (UFC). The UFC didn’t even do anything in regards to the 2021 elections. It was a document and presser between Bobi Wine and Besigye. However, it was a wasted opportunity.

This is nothing new, but it is a pattern. The FDC is really attacking the NUP. The newcomer who has taken their place. It is like its an unfavourable position to get into. The FDC had no issues being the big-shot over the Democratic Party (DP) and Uganda People’s Congress (UPC). Now the biggest opposition party happens to be the NUP. Alas, that not counting all the independent MPs who can lean where-ever way they feel is right at any moment. The independents are the biggest party except for the NRM, but still the NUP is the one counted. That says a lot.

The FDC wants to be the governing party and be the big-men in Parliament. That is understandable. They have fought, fought and not gotten any real credit. That is understandable. It is reasonable that they want money, power and respect. However, that is given and not taken. The FDC should act with more sense.

Ssemujju should be more wise than this. He should know that the NUP can do whatever they feel. Even if it is foolish, obnoxious or not making sense. He should have his mind correct here. The FDC MP should speak of his own before going after the NUP.

Ssemujju should write his first passages of a prayer before going on national TV. The sermon should be scheduled and be delivered. He should summon the FDC Pastor and get the reverend to hymn in.

Just like I told Nambooze was wrong the other day, because she wanted Ssemujju to warn everyone else about his candidacy. Well, Ssemujju should first alert his party, before having talks with others ahead of the vote. There been enough trouble in the waters in the stages ahead of the polls. That is proven now in the aftermath.

Nevertheless, the FDC seems to be on a warpath and on the barricades. They are doing that instead of being humble. The FDC could show courage and greatness to the 11th Parliament. Instead they are showing entitlement. For a party that has fought. I would think they would be happy to see a new generation coming in and a new party rising up. Instead, they are directly assaulting it.

Ssemujju could get allies and partners within the NUP. However, by acting like this. Why would they work with him? When his not addressing the lost boys or lost causes within his own party? That’s where he should start. After that maybe cordial address the matter and what happened.

Ssemujju should know this and would expect that of others. Not just go all out and trying to mock the NUP. That is to be anticipated by the NRM and their handlers. They are mocking for voting a NRM candidate (Kadaga). That is righteous to do, but Ssemujju needs figure his way. He should know better, but that’s too much to ask.

It is clearly easier to cane the new kid on the block. Going out kicking and screaming, instead of speaking ill of your own. Ssemujju do yourself a favour and stop. This is amounting to nothing. There is nothing to win here. You were the second loser and there is no way to turn the tables around. Even with 57 more votes, you wouldn’t have more than about 70 voters. Which would still be pointless. So, what was there to gain for the NUP?

Would they have a friendly face in the press? Or would you think some more independents throwing their ballots your way?

I doubt it, you would cause a fit no matter what. Ssemujju isn’t looking smart, but acting a fool. You can do better, but clearly that’s too much to ask. Peace.

Opinion: The NUP should emulate the EFF in the 11th Parliament

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) came into existence after former African National Congress Youth League (ANC-YL) Leader Julius Malema was axed there. He created his own party in 2013 and came into the Parliamentary Election in 2014 like fire-brand politician. That’s a position he has kept ever since.

The National Unity Platform (NUP) and their Members of Parliament (MPs) should study the EFF of South Africa. They should consider their “assault” and their vindictive attitude towards the procedures and protocol. As the NUP no matter what it does. It will reflect bad on them. They are in a battle they cannot win. They have a minority, even if they are the leaders of opposition.

With those seats and with the MPs they do have. They should interrupt, sing songs and walk-out of plenary sessions. The NUP can be as vile and rude as the EFF. Since, we all know the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has no concern for the opposition. They can use Special Force Command (SFC) to silence MPs in Kololo and easily do it again.

That’s why Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine should get some notes and some experience from Malema. He should really call him and get some guidance. So, that he can gather his MPs at his home in Magere, Wakiso district and give them a heads-up. If not have a sessions and meetings with them ahead of the plenary session.

The NUP needs to this sort of play. Since the playing around the games of the ruling regime isn’t helping anyone. The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has had more power and sway when they have used defiance and demonstrations for their causes. The same is what the NUP needs ahead. To forge a game-plan and even take inspiration of the EFF.

That is my advice. Call Malema, look into the history of the EFF and do the bidding of them in a Ugandan way. Take the noise, the walk-outs and the singing. Show disregard for the National Assembly. Risk everything and loose out. Show the general public that your a stark contrast to the ruling party. That your different and radical. Not only wearing a red beret, but showing resilience in-action.

This should motivate the 57 NUP MPs … they should see the results of the EFF, which has grown in strength since 2013. Malema has been able to build a steady party. Just like he was able to grow his national standing in the ANC-YL. Bobi Wine should follow this and do that his own way. Though, there is nothing wrong with learning from others experience.

Especially, when people starting to judge and go by default on the voting of yesterday’s speakership race. That is why not only out of a publicity standpoint, but a factor of showing difference from the ruling regime. The newcomer and the contrast to NRM needs to be shown.

I hate to say this, but the diplomatic and playing by the rules of the FDC haven’t helped the cause. They have had their time and it hasn’t had a big pay-off. They have built a strong party in the middle of oppression and it’s commendable. However, they have not gone from strength to strength.

Bobi Wine and the NUP can forge another way now for them and for the Parliament. They need to chase loud dissent and even suspensions. If they follow this path… there will inquires and commissions. Some public outcry, but also proof of how stupid the government is. As the investigations and reports will prove why the NUP acted like it did. That can most likely show what the NRM wants to keep a secret. That’s the smart move of this and something that’s needed.

The NUP should see what happened around the kicking out of MPs in concern to the Age Limit saga. That is the last time violence, attack on the Parliament and the dark truth of how the state is run. This is the reality and it won’t get better.

The President and his team is running the state with an iron fist. The army and Special Force Command can easily entertain another round of violence in the national assembly. This is why the NUP needs to address the situation differently. They cannot the same procedure and protocol like its predecessors. Especially, if it wants to prove a difference.

Because, if it’s run and mediocre. If they are just vindictive and relentless, than they will not go anywhere. There is a need for plan and stage this ahead. Be one item and team who causes havoc in the plenary sessions. They need to cause fury and rage. To prove where everything is wrong with this system. That is how they can humiliate and show the reality to the world. Peace.

Opinion: The tattle-tail becomes Oulanyah’s deputy

With no real margin of error the Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament is National Resistance Movement (NRM) MP Anita Among. Who has gone from being elected as Independent MP in 2016, but leaning towards the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). While voting for the important legislation or motions in favour of the National Resistance Movement (NRM).

We know she has earned the spoils of her loyalty to the President and the State House. As she has a fabulous home, owns a radio station (Mama Bukedea FM). Among has also been a regular visitor at the State House. Clearly getting favourable treatment of late.

In 2017 there was rumours that she was the mastermind of murdering people in her district. As well, as leaking FDC secrets to the State House. There was sources saying “she would do anything for money”. Clearly, with the amassed wealth and rise to prestige. Among clearly have found her source of wealth.

In September 2019 there was speculation of an assassination attempt on the MP at her home. Where two assailants or two gun-men who was even followed by the authorities before disappearing.

In May 2020 she went relentless on a person posting things on Facebook. In such a fit, that she personally got all the authorities involved and got one Private Secretary of the President in charge of Poverty Alleviation in Busoga under investigation together with an accomplice Brian Kinene. She was able to use the Cyber Unit of CID to investigate the matter and put it on blast. That was done over two Facebook posts. This says a lot about her character.

Among haven’t had a long career, but still been creating headlines. Gotten the loyalty and it’s paying off. As she couldn’t continue sell stories and be in fire while leaning towards the FDC. She had to eventually cross sides.

Now she could stand unopposed and run through the election with no real competition. Anointed by the President and has now his blessings. Clearly she will continue to use her power. Now, she haven’t the need to go to Kadaga. Among can just do what her feel and do what Museveni directs her to do.

I don’t trust Deputy Speaker to value democratic values, neither honour the chambers of the Parliament. No, she’s in it for the money and Museveni will further corrupt her mind. Give her nice tokens for her service and she is favourable person for him. However, she is useful right now. But she just have to wait her turn. When she is not useful anymore.

Than she will be ditched and dropped as quickly, as the NRM dropped Kadaga today. Peace.

Opinion: The opposition have failed Ssemujju [and the NRM didn’t vote collectively for Oulanyah]

Not it’s shocking or anything, but the opposition have failed in a way. The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) haven’t even been able to get their MPs behind their own party candidate for speaker in the 11th Parliament. Not that it should be automatic for the opposition to vote for an opposition candidate. Still, if they want something different and wants another type of leader at the helm. Than they shouldn’t vote for the ones who has already been puppets of the President.

It is official that Jacob Oulanyah is the next speaker. He got the majority with 310 MPs, which is a weak one in itself. The National Resistance Movement have 336 MPs alone and means someone wasn’t following the party line there as well and voting for the Independent candidate Rebecca Kadaga. If the UPDF MPs are voting directly for NRM causes, that means 300 NRM MPs voted for their own plus the UPDF. That means 36 NRM MPs voted for Rebecca Kadaga, instead of Oulanyah.

What is shocking is that Kadaga most likely got a huge support from the opposition and the independents of the Parliament. As she got 197 votes today. Not that it’s enough to retain her office. However, it shows that the opposition who is 98 MPs. This being the National Unity Platform (NUP) with 57 MPs, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) 32 MPs, Democratic Party (DP) 9 MPs, which is in total 98 MPs. The Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has an additional 9 MPs, but with the agreement with NRM of the past. It’s hard to call them “opposition” at this point.

There 74 Independent MPs and with opposition MPs is a total of 174 MPs. That is very close to numbers Kadaga got. That means there are several of NRM who voted for her. Clearly, the non-partisan UPDF MPs would automatically vote for Oulanyah. That is securing 10 MPs his way. They follow the chain-in-command at any point of time. We know this and the public knows this too.

Still, the FDC has lost 17 MPs to Kadaga or Oulanyah. That is mediocre approach. That the NUP have shown a weird tactic too. They most likely voted Kadaga is just baffling. That they are doing this politicking. Supporting a former servant of the dictator and giving way to her. Just because she had a brief fallout and lost favours with him.

That the DP could go either way at this point. The UPC is shallow too, but with the numbers and secret ballots. There is just speculations who voted where. However, the ammo for questionable affairs is clear. The strength is within the ruling regime. They can win, even when they are not trying. That shows how the 11th Parliament will be.

I didn’t expect Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda should have more than 32 MPs on his side. Not only 15 MPs, which is only barely half of the FDC group of MPs in Parliament. He has been let down not by the opposition, but by his own party. They have not shown loyalty to their own. The NUP could play where-ever they saw fit. Naye, they clearly went for Kadaga just to spite Museveni. Instead of playing a long-game with FDC. This is not a good sign for the rest of this term.

The NUP and FDC have combined a big block of MPs with 89 MPs in the 11th Parliament. These MPs could made a difference and their votes could have sent a signal to the authorities. However, they instead voted for Kadaga. The FDC, NUP and DP have all backed the former speaker, one way or another. That is what these numbers and secret ballots says.

The opposition let Ssemujju down, but they first needs to look into their own before shelling assaults at NUP or elsewhere. When you cannot even muster support at home. You cannot go across party-lines. The NUP has disappointed me as well, but it’s not shocking. More of their first moves in Parliament. However, I hope they will really work in constructive opposition behaviour and not petty politicking like today. This is not furthering their cause, but only questioning their methods.

The NRM is also not as strong as they trying to portray. As they are lacking total support for their own. They are not collective behind Oulanyah. There are missing MPs who bailed on the NRM CEC decision. That says a lot too. That is something the President needs to think about and reflect upon at the State House. Peace.

Opinion: Nandala-Mafabi better question his own credibility before he questions others

We cannot work with people who are opposition in daytime but at night they are different. They sneak to state house and make deals with the junta”Nathan Nandala-Mafabi (20.05.2021)

The Secretary General of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Nathan Nandala-Mafabi better relax and gets his ducks in row before he goes after National Unity Platform (NUP). The former Leader of Opposition and trying to be front runner of FDC. Nandala-Mafabi who haven’t had the ability to become Party President. The man who nearly started his own farmers party, but saw no traction for it. So, he returned back to the FDC.

That man better check his own credibility before he addresses NUP MPs. The NUP haven’t even had a second in the Parliament. Before he throws them shade. This being a man who has had two terms at least in office and he should be careful. He has enough questionable attributes and actions in the past. This man should know better. However, pride and ego is a dangerous field.

Just these things says a lot about him.

President Yoweri Museveni, who is also the Chairman of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), yesterday received and welcomed Mr. Moses Kisolo, a Personal Assistant to the leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Hon. Nathan Nandala Mafabi, who crossed from the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and joined the NRM Party” (Statehouse.go.ug – ‘Hon. Mafabi’s Aide crosses to NRM’ 10.04.2012).

Magurara in a series of email replies accuses Nandala Mafabi of liking to create ‘controversies’ to bring bad publicity to the party, which benefits the ruling NRM regime of President Museveni. The aging Mugarura also makes reference to the manner in which Maj. Rubaramira Ruranga who chaired Nandala’s anti-Muntu campaigns last time defected to NRM and implies there is a rumor Nandala may follow suit in case he loses to Muntu again. Mugarura warns Nandala to tread carefully “unless you want some of us to begin taking the rumor seriously.”” (Faridah Nassereka – ‘Nandala Mafabi ‘spying for Museveni’ FDC boss reveals’ 29.06.2017, thelocal.ug).

Members of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) rapped their secretary general for attending Independence Day ceremonies in Sironko district. FDC say it passed a resolution barring its members from attending events presided over by President Museveni” (Independent.co.ug – ‘FDC blasts Nandala Mafabi over Museveni’ 20.10.2019).

This is just the little drip drops of things between NRM and the FDC Secretary General. Nandala-Mafabi should be more careful. Just like he should be careful getting into scandals over land, business-roles or even connections to Chinese Telecoms. This man has enough leverage and operating roles to become corrupt. He could easily be bought and lose his values over businesses-dealings.

The FDC man can throw shade and speak his peace, but a man of that stature should be more worried about his own standing. Than looking into the newcomer and the new opposition. Who happens to be the command party of the opposition in this term. The FDC has had their time to shine and make a difference on this. Now, there is a newcomer who has more power and seats in the 11th Parliament. That must hurt the pride of him. As well, as seeing former allies failing in Alliance for National Transformation (ANT). The ones he said he wouldn’t miss in the FDC.

Therefore, Nandala-Mafabi isn’t showing progress, but regress when he speaks ill of the ones he needs to work with. If he wants to be true opposition and not a possible tool of NRM within the opposition.

In August 2017, he said this about himself, which is what he directed at NUP today:

I have heard some people say that Nandala was bought by Museveni to kill FDC. Those saying that, even their mothers cannot vote FDC. They just play on our blood…. During day, they are FDC and at night they are NRM. Even the fuel they put in their cars is NRM. Even the money they eat is NRM. Some of them use others as conduits to get NRM money” (Nandala-Mafabi, 18.08.2017),

He uses the same narrative here. Therefore, what is his deal and what does he want to achieve? Why is he saying the same thing about others? When he has had the same issue for years? Shouldn’t he be supporting, instead of saying the same things about others?

Does he have the credibility to question the NUP before they are even getting through the door and getting into office. Shouldn’t he be more careful and more insightful. As he has been within reach of power and a MP for so long. Nandala-Mafabi should know better, but clearly he doesn’t. He could be a wise elder and be a man who enlighten the newcomers in opposition. Instead he goes into combat-mode and not trying to give them a olive branch.

Not that I expect Nandala-Mafabi to be expressive and friendly to the NUP. He could be cordial and try to talk. Not dismiss them before they even say a thing in the 11th Parliament. That is insincere and shows his discontent. That he cannot handle the changes of power and popularity. This shows the lack of character and trust in others. Because, they are not accountable to him or the FDC, but they are liable to NUP and their leadership. Therefore, the opposition leader should sit down and talk.

Especially, when he has all these issues of the past and throwing shade. Maybe his still sour that he never got appointed as the Chairman of Bank of Uganda (BoU). Who knows, but this isn’t it and he should know better. Peace.

Opinion: Do you expect an old man to save the youth?

I hate to say this… am not an ageist or anything. Usually, you age or career, the wisdom and the knowledge gotten over the years would be a positive. In most cases the wisdom of an elder is more valuable than the short-term gains of a quick pay-off. However, in this case it abundantly clear that this old man doesn’t care about the growing citizens or their needs.

This man in question in Yoweri Tibuhurwa Kaguta Museveni. He will not dwell on that a second. Him and his allies will only care if their pockets are getting deeper or someone else is covering the bills. This man will not stand on the barricades for the ghettoes, the youths and the unemployed. No, he rather re-open the same factory and promise an industrial revolution. This man rather create white-elephants of food-processing or Juice-Factories across the Republic. Than actually do something sustainable.

Museveni have done the drill. He has dismantled commissions, national entities and he has profited. If not his allies have and they are loyal to him for it. They have misused ministries, tenders and created ghost enterprises. The whole charade will continue until his reign is over. The ones closely associated and “investors” will be pulled in by the grand corruption and the possible kickbacks. They will not be there for “development” or create a unique business. No, they are there because they know they will earn a quick buck without putting in the work. It is that is.

With that sort of regime and entitlement. With that sort modus operandi. Who thinks this man will save anyone else? He has let other die in his stead, but he has not come to the rescue of those who carried him at his weakest. This man have never returned a favour and only tried to compromise the ones he could get into the fold. He just want to ensure loyalty to him and not to further his supposed project.

No, this revolutionary was only in it for himself and used the “liberation” war as ploy to get wealth. He is fraud and fake with a lot of arms and fire-power. Not denying that and that what gives him the reign still. Not because he created a society or a policies which is fuelling hope. No, that boat have been sinking for years.

The state have delivered the same sort of monetary gains schemes, which is supposed to produce massive wealth and riches on the hustling economy. It is supposed to make farmers, cow-herders and charcoal salesmen into multi-millionaires within this method. However, there is little to no proof of this. Neither is many of these schemes are also supposed to secure the livelihoods and improve the cash-crops and profitable rural economy. This has been done with little to mediocre success. While the state has pushed similar things all along.

President Museveni will not save the youth and the unemployed. They are just useful tools to keep the oppression and keep the citizens hungry enough to worry about the next meal. Instead of wanting to fight or create a revolution to bring him down. This sort of play is also securing multi-national organization, the UN Organizations and others to cover from the misgivings of the state. So, that he doesn’t have to make proper and strong institutions to carry these things. The shortfall and lacks will be covered by aid, donor-funds or loans from IMF/WB/AfDB. That is just how things goes…

Museveni… will not save the youths as his ageing. He has less of reasons to care or even create real opportunities now. He has had 35 years to produce and haven’t done that until now. That train has left the station and now way it’s returning.

President Museveni promises to “Secure Your Future” and “Steady Progress” but he will not deliver either of this. Just like all the other promises. They are “hot air” and the up-coming generation, the previous ones and only a marginal elite have found some sort way to get promoted in this system. Just like the entitled few who has been anointed or was a part of the National Resistance Army (NRA). They are the ones who get the perks and the deals. The others get breadcrumbs, if they really that lucky even.

So don’t believe the hype… he will not be saviour but only be more sinister and more horrific as his gotten used to get away with murder. Peace.