James Akena, the son of Milton Obote. Who is now running for his second term as a Member of Parliament. Who is continuing to keep the agreement alive between Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) and National Resistance Movement (NRM). The deal has clearly been sealed and been favourable for a few within the UPC.
The UPC have gained some MPs and also Cabinet Members. Some of them has left the UPC for the NRM. However, it would be hard to spot the difference at this point. Akena took over … for Otunnu and since then made a deal.
A deal that has secured Akena and few others. He has traded away UPC’s legacy over nothing. A coalition who has sealed the fate for some.
The UPC isn’t much, when the Party President is going for a slot as a incumbent MP. It is not like the UPC is supposed to be a brief-case party. Alas, the actions made and the way it operates. It is getting closer to that. The NRM is swallowing it and the relevance is becoming meaningless.
Especially, when there is no motivation to stand up to the Presidency. Sign a deal with the ruling regime. The regime who toppled the founder of the party and Obote II. The same party that this happened too.
This is the UPC of 2020. A party who has traded its soul for a quick fix. Instead of trying to act as a opposition and be a different breed. It instead became a crony and a lackey. A cheap trick for the President and his men.
Akena has traded away the glory. Signed of the legacy of his father. Just to become MP and live a lavish life on the public expense. He could stand for something. The man could have used the platform for change and make a difference. However, he chose the easy route … a road ahead, which was a simple pay-off.
Jimmy got paid and is happy to reconcile his fate as a lackey. A man who uses his party as a way of securing his life-style.
The UPC was used in a bargain. The President didn’t do much, but got his former enemy to its knees. That is how easy it was… just a few envelopes and titles. From there no stress, no issues, just a deal. That was it and how simple to get his way.
Akena becomes MP and the NRM has an ally. They don’t have to care or even sign them off. Just give them a few shillings. Then, they will remain silent and be buddies. Peace.
The National Resistance Movement (NRM) who are not caring about the guidelines or the regulations for COVID-19 or Coronavirus. Who are busy scheduling all activities ahead of the General Elections of 2021. also settling the final flag-bearers of the party. Which sometimes are the same-old, same-old and dozens of sole candidates. The NRM looks solid ahead of the elections.
At this point, as the President Museveni is busy preparing for this 8th Term since 1986. The man, the legend, the dictator and the President for Life. The supposed Fountain of Honour and His Excellency can just sleep. He can be lazy, he can squander around and even have a few scandals on his hands.
The opposition are busy scheming tearing each other apart. The Uganda People’s Congress is the NRM-Light at this point. The big-man Akena and his wife is both in the sphere of the President. They have traded perks and agreement with the NRM .The UPC is only viable in small pockets and doesn’t have the organization nor trust in the public. Because of the trade-off that Akena, Son-of-Obote did in the last election cycle.
Democratic Party have been raided, taken by everyone. Norbert Mao should by crying at home this weekend. The day of betrayal was this week and he lost his MPs. He got none of the big-men and the party is weakened. There is little left and the promise in the months ahead can’t be much. Not like they can muster such voices and cadres over night. To take the space, which these MPs left.
Forum for Democratic Change are also weakened, also many questions about where they are turning. The ghost of Besigye. While Lukwago only created questions of protocol and validity of the nomination process. No matter what it does, it has lost plenty of the faction belonging to Muntu. The pragmatic part of the FDC has left and the defiance of Besigye lingers on. We can wonder what it will do and how it will become the biggest opposition party again. It needs to show flex and muscle ahead. Needs to drop heavy hitters of flag-bearers and show it isn’t just a punchline.
One of the newcomers, who has shown new strength is Muntu and his Alliance of National Transformation (ANT). Most of this has come by weakening the FDC. The ones who was supporters and allies of Muntu is the ones that left the FDC. There are very few independents who has come, except for Kassiano Wadri. Who is also a former FDC, but had left the party already. Muntu got some good people around him, but he seems like his trying to do the same thing he always does. Saying the right things, but not really challenging status quo.
The second newcomer is the People Power Movement and the National Unity Platform. Where Bobi Wine have really scored big and creating headlines. A man who is getting support from all parties and independents. He raided the DP party and gotten several of MPs standing for the NUP. Right now the momentum of the opposition is in his hands. He even got the nudge of the DP Block and the Justice forum for the Presidency. However, JEEMA will field own MPs and not do that under the NUP flag. Showing, there are a balance of sorts and there will be honest competition.
The DP is losing big, FDC is weakened and creating uncertainty, as the biggest party and the one historically challenging the President. Museveni must be giddy that the FDC is lingering like this. Instead of having a steady line and showing resilience. The up-hill battle that persist must be tiring and that’s why its showing some fatigue.
ANT and NUP are revitalized, but they are still not that big or organized like the FDC. Bobi Wine has momentum, but he needs support from everywhere to get the final push. He got friends all around, but with purges like recently in the DP: There might be fear that does happen elsewhere too.
The NRM should be joyful that the opposition looks like this. The message is distorted and the opposition is busy seeing whose deflecting and whose staying. Not to talk about finding out who is the flag-bearer and who gets the nominations. There are so much in-fighting.
There is more talk about what’s happening between the parties. The new and the old. If the old parties have the push or if they are out of steam. We can wonder ourselves. If this is all meal-ticket politics or actual battle for change.
Museveni is lucky with this. They are not pin-point at his failures, at him tanking the economy, taking up more loans and continuing his impunity in power. He can walk free of that. Only touched a small amount of time. Instead of being the target, the one people are aiming for and proving his recklessness. That is what they should do. Expose and show the intolerant and the state sponsored brutality, which is the image of this state.
Except he gets away with that. As he visits factories, radio stations and hold speeches on the regular. He walks and travels at ease like a bird. While the others are in cages and they are not even allowed to sing. Peace.
Today, the Independent Magazine owner and editor Andrew Mwenda in a striking publicity stunt has picked up nomination forms and membership cards for the National Unity Platform (NUP). Where he plans to challenge Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine for Party Presidency in the NUP, the political party of the People Power Movement.
Mwenda who has called the People Power the bastard child of Defiance. Mr. Andrew who has called People a ‘cult’. This man suddenly picking up forms and a membership-card is just ridiculous.
This is mocking both the party and Bobi Wine. Also ridiculing himself as he does it. Not like we can take him serious anymore. Since he predetermines the stakes and what will happen to others. Not just alleging or questioning, but saying these are flawed enterprises. Andrew knows this…
He does this to make a point, as he doesn’t believes in sole-candidates. However, he doesn’t have issues with Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) or the National Resistance Movement (NRM). Andrew is not going after the Chairman position in the ruling party or National Coordinator of ANT. No, he goes for NUP.
That is just so striking, neither is going for Party Presidency in the Democratic Party (DP) or Uganda People’s Congress (UPC). This gives way to Mao and Akena. Two other people who Mwenda admires now and then.
So, Mwenda has no issues with Akena, Mao, Muntu or Museveni. However, his going after Bobi Wine. That is just so striking. He knows he cannot win in the Forum for Democratic Change. As they have changed recently and knows how Patrick Amuriat Oboi got into the reigns.
He just strikes at the newcomer and the rising star. Just because he can and can use his platform to distort the conversation. This is a political scheme at the highest level.
If there ever was a mole. This is the neon-lights of one. A man who has despised the People Power Movement and Bobi Wine. I have never seen anything positive from the “old man of the clan”. The man has only done what he can to distort and destroy it.
Mwenda might think his bloody brilliant, but this a move of fool. He thinks the blind is leading the blind. Andrew just showing his ignorance and intolerance on full display.
What is even more striking is that this time around to cause controversy. He puts himself in the middle of the firing line. Mwenda knows people will not listen to his words of wisdom or subscribe to his Facebook rants. No, that ship has sailed and gotten old.
That is why he put himself in the middle of the game. Trying to prove a point and media houses will go off the chain. However, he is only making himself naked. Showing his true colours and sooner this scheme will fall flat.
Bobi Wine will be the man and is the man in NUP. He can challenge, but its an empty candidacy. A publicity stunt and an elitist trying to prove something. Mwenda isn’t this. Just like Bukenya and Mbabazi wasn’t opposition either. They were just in the wind a minute and went home after the campaigns. The same will happen to Andrew. He has made a deal and is now playing it out. Peace.
This isn’t Red Dead Redemption or any other thing associated with the colour. No, this is just a small piece of utter rubbish thrown the way of National Unity Platform, the Political Party of the People Power Movement, which is lead by Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
He has ruffled some feathers; he has stood tall during trouble. While remaining calm and collected. Others might have given up or traded for greener pastures, but Bobi Wine has carried that stick and taken that burden with him. Just like others who has worked for the same cause in the past. Bobi Wine isn’t the first and hopefully not the last. He has taken a stand and works against the oppression, militarism and the ability to enjoy liberty and freedom in the Republic.
So, now that the Electoral Commission are warning of the usage of colour, the party NUP of using red, because its owned by Uganda People’s Congress (UPC). You know things has gone stupid. As the UPC has three colours, FDC has three colours and so has plenty of other parties. The same has NUP, but they are defiant in their red beret and colour of the umbrella.
It just like the state agency, the government are looking for any excuse, reason or argument to deregister the NUP. While using allies in the UPC as a shield. Using Akena, the son of Obote as a spokesperson for the foolish attempt to tarnish and to talk in defence of the colour red. Jimmy could have talked about black and blue too? Why haven’t the UPC tried to block FDC from using blue?
Because it’s a foolish enterprise like selling sand in the middle of a desert. That is how it is and only idiots are eating up the hot garbage.
Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy, who knew you would sell out this way? Who knew you would trade away your father’s legacy and party over such insignificant thing? How narrow-minded are you Jimmy?
I just got to ask, because, there is no way in the world the UPC owns a colour. That is just nonsense. Because, Justice Forum (JEEMA) is blue, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) is blue, National Convention For Democracy (NCD) in blue and Liberal Democratic Transparency (LDT) is blue too.
So, why can’t NUP and UPC both be RED? What’s the issue, unless you’re a pawn for the grand party and want to be used?
Akena wants to be on the bus so badly. Since he knows his no conducting anything fruitful. A pawn and he hate it. He wants to be a big shot, but isn’t, he cannot even come out of the shadow of Otunnu. That is such a poor leader he is.
That is why he got use his platform to attack NUP. Since he knows that is the only way he can get brownie points and get a moment of nostalgia with the Head of State. If he doesn’t he will be forgotten and not seen as useful at all. That is why he does this.
We can all see, the partisan Electoral Commission can let four parties have the colour blue, so why not two have the colour red, suddenly?
That’s how dumb this is. Peace.
We know there is elections on the horizon. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) is busy sending its troops to social media and media houses. They are trying to make People Power Movement – National Unity Platform (PPM-NUP) looking like rising monster. While still continuing to ridicule and mock Dr. Kizza Besigye and his Defiance campaign of 2016.
That they are aiming at Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and his new party and movement. That is to be expected. Just like they went full gong-ho on Besigye and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). The same people doesn’t even mention the UPC; JEEMA, DP, ANT or anyone else from the opposition. That’s because they are not a real threat.
They are going after Bobi Wine and Besigye for a reason. Their supporters are hoodlums, scum and anarchists. That is because of the message and their will to have a peaceful transition from the current status quo. The Modus Operandi is to make them look like a villain. They are the equivalent to Disney villains, who are there to destroy and cause evil. Even when there is no proof of that and to the contrary, the state does the evil towards them.
The Movement and their men are calling them fascists and intolerant. While they are not tolerating their existing in the firs place. Which is ironic, as these two groups of opposition struggles to open party offices and hold party meetings. While the Movement are doing internal party elections and holding rallies. Meanwhile the opposition have to act “scientific” about the same elections. Still, the opposition is the problem.
Do you see what they did there?
With this in mind. The predetermined discussion is really showing the lack of merit they have. They got to paint the opposition as crazy dictators or autocratic leaders. As they are themselves into the same. They are following the Movement and accepting what it does. They are following the sole candidate since 1986. These people are defending the ones who send the army, abduct and arrest the opposition. While calling the opposition bad, despicable and the next path to destruction.
That is why they are calling it cults… the opposition, while not looking into the mirror about the Old Man with the Hat. The man of the mustard seed and the failure of the 10 Point Programme. They will say the man needs time, another term and haven’t neglected his supposed mission.
Because of that, the use of the military, the police and all entities of the state to bend the will of the public. The apologists and defenders need to make a vision, an image of the opposition as dangerous. They will turn into worse and be beasts of men. Because, you see how Museveni and his folks is now. And you don’t want anyone worse then them, right?
However, there is no proof of this and they misuse sketchy words to address them. While not seeing how they are calling civilians derogatory words, because of their affiliation with them. If the same people suddenly turned to the Movement they would be sensitised and be directed to right direction. That shows the cultish behaviour at home, but they are casting that net to trick the world of the opposition.
This is why, there is a need for a conversation, as the People Power and FDC is made villains. While they are doing this to stop looking the deeds of the Movement and how they control the state. Because, we are instead dissecting the ones who are the challengers and the rising stars on the political field. The ones who sounds and wants change to what’s ruling the republic.
It is right to look into them and question them. However, maliciously attacking them and using the words fitting yourself isn’t a good look. When they call the ones Bobi Wine a cult, well, the sole candidate for 34 years have built his own church in his Movement. While Bobi Wine is promising to deliver a change, just like Museveni did in his early age. Therefore, you cannot dismiss him and say he will turn into Museveni. That is a false narrative and cannot be proven until he turns (if he even does).
So, this is a sideshow from the reality, as the Movement and their defenders doesn’t have anything good to prove themselves and needs to make the opposition look ungodly. Because, they are neither saints nor nuns coming with salvation, but instead a gospel filled with hypocrisy. Hoping nobody calls them out for it. Peace.
Again, and again Andrew Mwenda write his “exposes” or “think pieces” and think his bloody brilliant. Like his gods gift to the political spectrum. However, it always ends up at the same place. Where the pass goes to President Museveni and the National Resistance Movement. It is predestined there. In this piece to as he calls it: “Uganda’s opposition politics of self-destruction”.
I will only discuss three paragraphs of it, because to the rest is just a waste time and I have wasted enough time looking into the text of Andrew. Secondly, they are not well read by the public. So, his popularity has dwindled and I understand why. It’s all the same and no any progression or deeper dive. A simple attack on the opposition, while defending status quo. That is the brilliant mind of Mwenda in 2020.
I will take piece by piece and then call it a day. Feel me?
“As we approach the 2021 general elections, it is apparent that the opposition, as expected, has handed over an easy victory to President Yoweri Museveni. Yet after the election the same opposition politicians will fret and cry that the election has been rigged. It is even more intriguing because the opposition claim to be fighting a dictatorship” (Mwenda, 01.08.2020).
We are agreeing here. Museveni will win 2021. They didn’t hand the President anything. They couldn’t hand him everything, because everything was already in his hands. The opposition and the public in general are now the owners, they are the lenders on the mercy of the Presidency. It shouldn’t be like this, but it is. That is why the premiss that the opposition gives away something is far-fetched. You cannot give away something you never had or any ability to hold.
“Based on this, government cannot ensure a level playing field in the elections. It follows therefore bthat the opposition in Uganda must strategize to win an election where all the decks are stacked against them; where the incumbent will dominate the media, use the army and police to disperse their rallies, harass and intimidate or buy off their polling agents, and even stuff ballot boxes” (Mwenda, 01.08.2020).
Here the plot thickens… he is saying it straight up. No jokes and no merits, but just the truth. There is no level playing field and all the cards are played against the opposition. He says what we all know and what the government does to the opposition. The oppression, the violence and silencing of them. What is striking is that he thinks the ones who cannot hold rallies and cannot change the officials at the Electoral Commission can suddenly rig the polls? Whatever Andrew is smoking. I need some and send me a plane of it, asap.
That Andrew says this is directly saying what we all know and proves the point of many of us. That the elections will not be sincere, but a charade made by the government to be legit. While he daydreams after smoking some powerful powder, which gives him ideas that the opposition can rig what the government is already controlling. I seriously need an order and the connect to get it.
“Locked into appeal via social class, the opposition need to see themselves at a strategic disadvantage as a perpetual minority. To build a majority they need to position themselves in the center to catch everyone. This means they have to accommodate everyone who shows any signs of wavering against Museveni. But the leading forces in the opposition to wit Defiance led by Besigye and its bastard child, People Power led by Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, have adopted a politics of exclusion. They insist on total and absolute loyalty from their followers” (Mwenda, 01.08.2020).
It is not like the ones dispersing people, using the army against the people and stuffing ballots have the popularity of the majority. If the government had the popularity he says the opposition needs. Then the government wouldn’t need to rig the elections and use intimidation to win. That is simple equation, but he digress from there. Because, everything is always the oppositions problem.
He continues to use slurs against People Power. They are bastards of Besigye, which is weird by all means. That means Besigye have gotten kids outside marriage and they in the public eye. Alas, I am just joking here, but the reality is clear.
The editor and journalist claims the People Power and Besigye supporter are excluding people. If they are doing that, what is government doing with its army and police force? Isn’t using tear-gas, ammunition and arresting people really excluding people?
Well, in the manner of the politics, the FDC and People Power have welcomed all walks of life. They just have to follow their party structures, pressure group and their programs. It is really that easy. You can follow what they stand for and what their objectives are. It might be in contrast to the Movement and the Government. However, the man doesn’t say this, but only speaks volumes of Mwenda. This isn’t shocking, but his ways to defend his case. Peace.
That James Akena, Obote’s son get a second term as the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) Presidency is neither shocking nor surpising. He secured the role and title ahead of the General Election in 2016. When there been talk that Museveni paid him 1 billion shillings and dispersed Olara Otunnu from the throne.
There was also a deal made between the UPC and the National Resistance Movement (NRM). Akena became the Lira Municipality MP and two other UPC MPs became part of the cabinet. This was UPC President wife, Betty Amongi (Oyam County South) and also Ruth Acheng became Ministers in the 10th Parliament.
Achieng have now switched camps and is running on a NRM ticket in Lira district. She has left UPC. As she got the most out of the political deal between UPC-NRM in 2016.
Now we got to wait what Akena and Amongi plans ahead for the Party. The status quo is cleared. However, the UPC isn’t in a sign of strength. It is not like Akena have the popularity or the reach to be viable for the masses. He got more than enough to get re-elected as MP in Lira Municipality.
Akena might think he has it, as his the next generation of UPC leader. The UPC only had 6 MPs in the 10 Parliament and the UPC blamed Otunnu fraction for this after t he polls. The party and the leadership have to use a lot of time to fight for Uganda House and the Milton Obote Foundation (MOF) nearly through the party out of it after the election in 2016. So, its not like UPC has gone from victory to victory.
In 2011 the UPC had 10 MPs and by 2016 when Akena ran the final campaign the party got 6 MPs. While they are losing main contenders who are going to the NRM like Achieng. There is little traction and the UPC becoming a fringe party.
One of the old horses who sold out. The UPC doesn’t have character under Akena. It is leaflet of a party, nearly a briefcase and that shouldn’t be the case for a historical party like this. The party wasn’t a one man ballad. Neither under Otunnu or anyone else. However, under Jimmy its been all him and they have campaigned with Museveni.
We don’t know what they will do ahead of 2021. Akena shouldn’t run for Presidency, he will get near nothing and be fruitcake compared to ones really standing.
Akena should support one of the opposition candidates to give them more hope. Jimmy got nothing to do in the big-league. Forgive me, but a man signing a deal with NRM in 2016 and letting people run in the cabinet. Isn’t really someone who stand up to them years later. He is already compromised and this time he cannot blame Bbosa or Otunnu for his own failure to run the operation.
Jimmy is a train-wreck and he has done it all on his own. Akena comes from a political family, but that doesn’t mean he is political savvy or has the ability to do things. Just like the daughters and sons of pastors isn’t all made to run churches either. They can sing in the choir, but cannot lead the public to salvation. Neither can Jimmy spark any flame or interests outside his nearest constituents.
Akena can push through this second term. It will be gloomy, but if he continues dealing with NRM. He will still be relevant and keep his career alive. Not because of his work or dedication, but because Museveni has bought an ally. Which cost him nearly nothing and he get the party as a price. One less competition.
Jimmy, you can act like your big, but that doesn’t make you big. It is all an imagination… It’s fiction. Peace.
The opposition in the Republic will not win at this point in time. It isn’t because of their lack of swagger and viable candidates. This is simply, because of the status quo and the whole state machinery is working against them. There is no chance that the President and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) will give way. That’s not happening anytime soon.
The Forum for Democratic Change and National Unity Platform (People Power) parties are the most high regarded opposition. The FDC has the history, while NUP and People Power are the new renegades. This is the Kizza Besigye and Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine coming to full force as challengers to Museveni. They will gain attention and get popular. However, in the grand scheme things this will not matter. These two might win the election, might even be hugely admired by the population. However, the machinery will not let Museveni loose.
That is why the rigging will close the doors for the opposition. It is reason why I don’t mention Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), Mugisha Muntu and Democratic Party Norbert Mao. Neither is Uganda People’s Congress, James Akena or Justice Forum Asuman Basalirwa. Or whoever is running the Uganda Federal Alliance, Farmers Party or People’s Progressive Party. These lastly mentioned have enough to get an MP elected into Parliament. Not even thinking of challenging the throne.
Muntu and Mao might want to be in the big-league, but we both know they don’t have it. Neither does Akena, he is cahoots with the regime with a deal. So, when your dealing directly with NRM. You cannot anticipate the brother will do anything about it.
This is why in reality it is a battle for the FDC and NUP. These two are the parties that has to challenge and show force towards the NRM. Not, that through the ballots will make a difference at this point. The Electoral Commission, the NRM is busy scheming and preparing the results. We know who will win and that is all in the cards. To think otherwise is either naive or foolish.
The NRM will conquer, they will use all means. There is a “scientific” elections going on. That is used on the opposition, which is stopped from campaigning. While the NRM candidates are doing so, either in secret or by using government programs as a shield to allow them to meet people. That they will use the state as tool to not only campaign, but also rig the elections. This is why the opposition has no chance.
NUP and FDC knows this. They will show flex, but will they dwell on the inevitable. The ones whose moderate and pragmatic, will only benefit a small group. While the big-men of the opposition got to stand up in the midst of oppression and hardships. Knowingly they will loose, but it is a matter of how much they willing to loose in the end. Not because of lack of popularity or having backing in the public.
However, because the NRM and the state uses all means. Every single piece of intimidation and scaring tactics. Also, the use of arbitrary arrests and other means to stop the public from gatherings and organizing. Except, if you have suction or a anointed by the Movement. Then you can set-up tents, set up rallies and meetings in churches. However, the opposition is not allowed to do the same. This is another proof of the whole charade, which is going on into the polls in 2021.
If your thinking this going to be free and fair. Forget about. The state is embedded. The Police is more into politics, than actually catching thieves.
This is all just a game and we all know who is going to win. Not because the public loves him, neither that its justified. However, that is how this is played out. We can act like its not, but then I would be disingenuous. Nevertheless, we shouldn’t be fooled and just play along, but call out the nonsense as it is. Peace.
Well, we are at it again. There isn’t election season in the Republic without the “insightful” and “degrading” articles or pieces from Andrew Mwenda. Today on Facebook he dropped another piece called ‘How Museveni and his opponents need each other’.
In steady fashion he will demean and desecrate the opposition. He will mock and take them for fools. Also, try to show reasons for the continuation of status quo. The man cannot stop himself. He wrote steady pieces dismissing Besigye ahead of 2016. Andrew is back on the hate train again, this time with additional flavour of Bobi Wine in the mix.
This is what he does now. In a short amount of time, this is his second edition in his bitter battle with opposition, which is his nemesis who haunts him at night. That is why he writes texts like this.
“Anyone looking at opposition politics in Uganda would easily see why they do not represent a democratic alternative to the current government. Their ranks are filled with extremely angry and intolerant activists who, if they could command the power of the state, can only establish a totalitarian dictatorship albeit an incompetent one. Consequently, while Museveni’s NRM accommodates in its ranks many individuals critical of it, the opposition purges from its ranks anyone who holds even the most mild disagreement with their [always] radical extremist views“ (Mwenda, 27.07.2020).
When a man writes like this. He has dismissed people before giving them a chance. Who would have known, if Mwenda even could write and become the pseudo-intellectual back-in-the-day. The same way he dismiss the opposition. If people had done that to him. He would possibly only write manuscripts for schaiving radio-shows .
On a separate note, the opposition is angry and tired of a 34 years stalemate. Where one guy has ruled supreme. Tormented them and oppressed them. Made it nearly impossible for them to operate, arrested them and given them phony political charges. With that in mind, he expects them to not displeased with the current regime? They are just supposed to be all smiles and giddy? Everyone haven’t the same redemption after arrests and being ignant ever since.
He continues: “Thus, the mainstream opposition of Defiance led by Dr. Kizza Besigye and its bastard child, People Power, led by Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi (aka Bobi Wine) demand from their supporters absolute loyalty to the cause and ideological purity. This heavy demand for conformity among followers has led to mass desertions as people find life inside these cults suffocating. There is no evidence in history of such radical extremist cults promoting democracy once they capture power. Instead, all historic evidence shows that given time and certain economic, social, cultural and intellectual circumstances, hybrid systems of the Museveni/NRM type do sometimes (and often) slowly evolve into democracies” (Mwenda, 27.07.2020).
It is so funny him calling FDC and People Power cults, while professing only to Museveni to the end. Like not clinging on to one who has stayed in power for 34 years. That is fine and dandy, he also professes to the supposed transition of a party, which have had total power into a democratic machinery for change. If you believe that, then there is soon a Dumbo drop over Kampala.
He continues also to dismiss the FDC and PPM. In a manner, which he has done constantly. Which is ironic, the way he call them cults. While not seeing how his deep admiration and trust in the current leadership is of similar fashion.
He further saying: “This is not to stay there is no democratic alternative in Uganda’s opposition groups to Museveni and his NRM. Rather, the democratic impulse and social and economic infrastructure for it in the country is very weak, and needs to be cultivated. Hence democratic minded individuals and organizations such as the Alliance for National Transformation led by the noble Mugisha Muntu, the Democratic Party led by Nobert Mao and I think the Uganda People’s Congress led by Jimmy Akena have little political traction. These men and the organizations they lead preach compromise, accommodation and moderation, the qualities that sustain a stable liberal democracy. They seek to defeat but not to destroy opponents. They believe power must be pursued through legal means, and they abhor lies, fraud, violence and blackmail. On the other hand, radical cults (Defiance and People Power) see compromise as “selling out”, moderation as a weakness and accommodation as dilution. The fact that the moderate groups attract little enthusiasm from the masses of opposition supporters and activists and their intellectual justifiers only shows how weak the democratic impulse in our country is. And the fact that radical extremist cults attract mass support from the opponents of Museveni only demonstrates how strong the forces of intolerance, violence and fraud dominate our politics. Thus many Ugandans tired of Museveni’s long rule cannot find a home in the mainstream opposition and find it futile to join the moderate parties because they have little support” (Mwenda, 27.07.2020).
We know from the past that Mwenda has high regard for Muntu. This is shown again in manner to disregard FDC and People Power. That was inevitable from him. What is striking to is that he says there are no alternative. Which is only showing his dismissal of several people in opposition. Except for Akena, Mao and Muntu. Who he deems fit, but knows they are not popular.
It is weird that a man that professes democratic transitions is just throwing several of political leaders under the bus. While he really thinks people are so stupid to eat this satire of defence. He defends the guys that stands for the constitution and laws, but the ones defying them is the problem. That is really unique, when he knows how the state operates and uses force towards the ones who stands in their way.
That he continues his rants about cults, without seeing his love-story with his own boss and kingpin, Museveni. Who nobody can beat or become alike. They never enough equipped or have the abilities needed to lead. That is just so fitting to everything. He says the FDC and PPM is intolerant, but the likes of Mwenda isn’t that welcoming or generous to make way. It is like he doesn’t understand the grievances and reasoning behind their will and defiance. However, at this point, that is water under the bridge and ironically another lost cause.
Last part of his piece that I will mention: “This is the dilemma of democratic progress in Uganda. The inability of moderate parties and politics to attract mass support and enthusiasm has led many liberal minded Ugandans to stay away from politics. This has left the political space to a tussle between Museveni and these radical extremist cults. This state of affairs is advantageous to Museveni: keeps many Ugandans away from the ballot box, therefore ensuring low voter turnout; which works in the president’s favor. And when he violently cracks down on these radical extremist cults, many people see it as justified” (Mwenda, 27.07.2020).
Well, if he thinks this is viable. He thinks that the moderates would ever have the success at this point. When your either behind bars for your stance or your paid loyalist. In that context, he thinks the people will back the ones who wants to dialogue with the President. A President that doesn’t listen to the pain and suffering, but hoping his force can undermine and silence people.
A man like Mwenda should know this, but he glosses over that part so easily. He expect the soft spoken individuals will gain traction in a Republic, where comedians are detained for a joke. That is seriously stupid, but still the argument of a government apologist. This just shows how little sense he can have when defending the indefensible at this point.
A crackhead needs his crack. It is evident, that Mwenda needs his Museveni and will shoot kisses to Entebbe and Nakasero Hill, even send the angel of love to shoot bows to Rwakitura farm. Peace.