“When I was the minister of Defence in 1979/80, my in-laws used to bring me milk and flour from Buhweju. That was my food since the salary was not enough to buy food in Kampala.” – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Daily Monitor Daily interview, June 26, 1997
Well, time is a wasting and a liberator, a freedom fighter whose become obsessed with looking righteous after becoming alike the ones he brought down got to rewrite history to fit him now. With this in mind. The President of the Republic does this to a T. I will breakdown two of the sentences from this one. Which I seem fit to do. Since I got the first statement form the President in 1997 and then a piece from an article in 1998, before his sentence, which was released today.
Like he has forgotten this piece: “His new palatial home at Rwakitura is seen as his castle. And he certainly treats it like one. He makes a point of inviting foreign royalty, while they are visiting Uganda, to meet him there” (GRACE PATRICK KARAMURA – ‘THE INTERPLAY OF CHRISTIANITY, ETHNICITY AND POLITICS IN ANKOLE, UGANDA, 1953-1993’ December 1998).
Therefore, him stating this today: “One reason I bought land in Rwakitura in 1967 was because it was very far away from the tarmac roads” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni – ‘Response to social media comments on my recent messages’ 02.12.2019).
So, surely the Rwakitura isn’t an old possession of his. He couldn’t even afford a plate of food as Minister of Defence during the year before he went to the bush. Not like he could afford to own land and not eat at his office in Kampala. That seems farfetched, but he was a student before he joined the Tanzanian invasion together with Obote in the end of 70s. Therefore, he wouldn’t have the time to earn wealth nor property during that period. Still, he wants to seem entitled to that land. A land he bought when he was a Fresher at the University in Dar Es Salaam.
Secondly, Obote sent goodwill letters to Nyerere to get a scholarship for Museveni back-in-the-day. So wealthy landowner he couldn’t be, if so he wouldn’t need handouts from Obote nor Nyerere to be a student. He studied in Dar from 1967-70. Therefore, to own land as fresher, seems a bit of stretch. Unless, his royalty, which he was not.
Now let me breakdown the final piece of statement from his response of today.
“Some of the responders were negative. Retire, they shouted at me. That will be decided by our Party, the NRM and the People of Uganda” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni – ‘Response to social media comments on my recent messages’ 02.12.2019).
So, with this in mind. The man who went to armed resistance against Obote and never left office. The man who used the armed struggle to get into office, talks about never retiring. Because, that is the will of the people? Really?
When you have revised the Constitution of 1995, twice, once to abolish term limits and the second time age limit. So, that no matter how old a person, he can still be President, but a civil servant has to retire much earlier, than the President. You go figure the logic behind that. That is the President concisely.
In addition, when he speaks about the decision made within the NRM. That means the decision made by himself. Because, the ones aiming for his throne is bounced out quickly, losing their titles and appointed positions and has to beg for mercy to get into the good graces. No one challenges President Museveni. His the Sole-Candidate for life and that is just the mere reality.
Secondly, the rigged elections, the buying votes and misuse of the government to gain the upperhand. Not like, he would be loved, for his misuse of the army, the misuse of the police nor any security outfit, to get on top. The President will use all tools to stay in power. Nothing left without his touch or his blessing. That is just the way the man is.
“The people” is just a shield his using. The People aren’t really for this man anymore, but they are fearing standing up to the army and the armed groups around the Head of State. As he brutally assault, arrests and silence his opposition. Therefore, the shield and election is pure nonsense, but still he has to use it. Since, there is nothing else he can do as a President. He got act as if he got the support of the people, when he really doesn’t, if not his just a tyrant. Moreover, no one will openly say they are a tyrant, that just doesn’t make sense, alas he just want to be a saint. When his far from it. Peace.