In the good old days the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni could easily win propaganda victories. The NRM and the Government of Uganda had all the goodwill of the world. The republic had been burning and Museveni could blame the previous administrations for everything. It wasn’t his men and they hadn’t followed the right path. If not they were not educated in the Movement system and its 10 point program.
That maybe worked like clockwork until mid-90s but that era is long gone. The crimes of those days got downplayed and the prolonged conflict in Northern Uganda got swept under the rug. Because, the President and the NRM was not only promising things, but reforming the state. They were issuing policy changes and making a difference. The policies wasn’t only get rich-schemes by the elite, but actual government work for the citizens.
Now these days the NRM has left the port and is sailing in the wilderness. All of the Presidential Advisors and Yes-Men cannot save this ship. It is sort of rudderless, but still seems deliberately so and does it with perfect. It is moving on the knives edge and pushing all of its boundaries. It has been able for so long to get away with horrific things and thinks it can do it now as well.
The NRM and Museveni have left several of things burn in the past and let other people clean up his mess. He has involved himself in conflicts and pushed his interests there. Seen a profit possibility and operations of looting as an outcome. Still, it is the general public who will pick up the bill for his warfare and looting. Not the gentlemen who was merchants of death and destruction. No, these people are ministers, high ranking officials and if not dead heroes.
With all this said we are in 2021and the legacy of Museveni is sort of getting written. His handlers and team is trying rewrite it all, but that shouldn’t be the truth. There is now real evidence of the torture, the kidnappings and detentions of civilians without a fair trial. The state is acting with swift impunity and vengeance against the National Unity Platform (NUP).
There been safe-houses for years who is un-gazetted by the state. Where the various of security organizations have held detractors, dissidents and supposed “spies”. While they are tortured and kept incommunicado. The state is also known now for “drones” or “Panda Gari’s” which is really bringing back the vicious techniques of the past. Taking people in the middle of the night or on the streets, in restaurants even without any forewarning or warrant. The security officers are coming in the famous wagons and just taking the citizens away. That is happening while the state plays around with numbers of missing people and not releasing any true reports on the matter. Like it is a joke, while families are missing loved ones because of their political affiliation.
That is the state Museveni is ruling at the moment. A man who came and promised a fundamental change. A man who came and was supposed to be different from Idi Amin and Milton Obote. However, it was a lie. His living a lie and the citizens are paying the price for it. He is using all the tricks of the past, but for his own agenda. In the end the fortunes and the wealth is in his hands. All decrees, orders and the final say is all up to him.
There is no middle ground. That he orders soldiers on the streets to crack-down on civilians protesting. A man who has no trouble using all security apparatus to detain a whole campaign team and impound all their gear, cars and such too. Arresting everyone in near association with a Presidential Candidate and take these folks to Court Martial to be charged as soldiers. While these are civilians and political prisoners of conscience. These men and woman are all behind bars, because they dared to be part of the NUP. That is the only reason for their demise and days behind bars.
That is how Museveni will be remembered. As well as becoming the personification of the state. Who has easier access to tear-gas than to needed PPE equipment. A state who has no issues lying about everything and blame everyone else. Have a huge machinery and bloated state budgets, but no good revenue. A state that is run on rampant grand corruption, but doesn’t take care of it. Neither does any of the parastatal’s or agencies supposed to combat it. They are just awaiting the go ahead from the “high above” before apprehending a small fish. The big men are in the kitchen cabinet and these are untouchable.
Museveni might say the right words now and then, but that doesn’t make it true. His reign is a mockery of a great republic like Uganda. There was so much potential, but he squashed it all with his ego and will to get massive wealth. The President is willing to do whatever to his enemies. There is no bound to the fate of the ones who opposes him. They can suffer and be in dire straits. The state doesn’t care, because the President doesn’t either. While his at a public function reciting the bible and at another hour ordering someone’s demise. That is the sort of character he is and the hypocrisy is the road his walking.
The NRM way is how they act upon the NUP. That is the NRM. Through and through. The death, the destruction and the use off all means to silence it. They are downplaying it and making it seem superficial, while people are living in injustice. Parents has lost their kids, grandparents lost their grand-kids and so on. Brothers, sisters, wife and husbands have all been scorn by the acts of the state. People have been missing and found dead no a field or left for dead on a street after weeks of uncertainty. These stories are the reflection of the ills of Museveni’s reign.
There is no half-way crook. Museveni is crooked and abide by this too. His lies and deceit is catching up on him. The way he speaks of democracy and such is all just a front. He always wanted to be the centre and be the man in-charge. That is why he doesn’t care about rigged elections, as long it is in favour of him and his allies. Nevertheless, he went into the bush over another rigged election in 1980. The 2021 is hopefully the final 1980 election of this kind. Where all things are in favour and built for one party. Instead of being credible, free and fair, which was far from it in January 2021.
Museveni’s actions will haunt him. Even if he thinks his above it. The scars, the wounds and the deceased will be his detriment. There is no way out now. He has created this and will have to answer for it all. The lives he has both taken and hurt is the ones who will in the end destroy him. Maybe not in this life, as all security organizations is defending his mortal soul. However, in the afterlife, the almighty will ask him and determine if this was all justified. Then he will get the verdict on judgement day.
As it seems like Museveni will rule until his final breathe. Still, we all should remember him for the NRM way, which wasn’t the prolific changes of the 90s but the deteriorating and destructive state of affairs of late. That is what he shall be remembered for and what he cannot run away from. These lives was taken on his watch and these fellow brothers and sisters ,will forever be remembered for their sacrifice. Peace.