By Stephen Twinoburyo
I have read President Yoweri Museveni’s article in the New Vision on the following link and I find it a shameless pack of lies:
“Factors behind NRM’s victory”: http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/459/748367
- He claims the NRM and its predecessors have always been principled forces battling opportunists. Of course this is hogwash. It’s NRM instead that have been opportunists looking at the way they’ve sold away Uganda and manipulated all the country’s institutions turning them into useless shells. It seems without UPC, DP, Amin e.t.c, Museveni will never have anything to say. He is still 30 years back yet we’ve moved on. He cannot give a speech without dedicating a greater part of it to things of the past that he has mentioned over and over again. Maybe that’s why he still thinks he is delivering on the vision of 1986. We need to move ahead. But this may also be an oversold tactic of creating fear based on past wrongs.
- He blames Uganda’s problems on UPC’s unconstitutionalism but he forgets the way he has reduced our constitution to a useless document. Let him carry out an opinion poll and see how many Ugandans value his relevance to the constitution.
- He says they have stood for the freedom of the people of Rwanda, Congo and the Sudan. He forgets that he has instead enslaved the people of Uganda and he is no different from Mobutu who he claims he freed the people of Congo from.
- He says they always struggle for the interests of the ordinary people. I don’t think the interests of ordinary Ugandans are to wake up every morning to find heavily armed soldiers at every turn. The tonnes of tear gas and riot gear equipment that were recently imported weren’t in the interests of ordinary Ugandans. Ordinary Ugandans’ interests would have been served better had Museveni been importing tonnes of medicines or school books and not blowing public money on his re-election junket such that civil servants and other government employees are now going without pay. UPE and USE are good concepts that have been terribly mismanaged like many other projects under him.
- Museveni promised to transform the traditional subsistence agriculture into commercial agriculture in 1986. He is still promising the same in 2011. That modernisation has not occurred at all and now we are expected to believe that a miracle will happen in the next 5 years. The NAADS he is talking about is a haven of corruption and I would like to challenge him to tell us what the MPs did with the Sh. 20 million he mis-allocated each of them in the abused name of NAADS.
- If you read this trash of statements, you then understand the kind of leader we have and the cleanliness of his mind: “Therefore, the last 45 years have been a very long journey along which the NRM has been battling oppressors, parasites and opportunists with logic, polemics and, occasionally, with arms….. The oppressors, the opportunists and the parasites try to obscure all these essentials for our people’s survival with lies, distortions, diversions, etc.”
- When Museveni talks about pacifying Northern Uganda and West Nile, he should actually remember that those areas were not at war before he came. And so too was DRC. He in fact made an attempt at Kenya.
- When he talks of selfish careerist leaders in the NRM, he should begin with himself. This is actually an insult to other people in the NRM. He should look at other stable democracies like Tanzania, S Africa, Botswana, Zambia e.t.c and count how many presidents the ruling parties have produced during the time he has been president of both his party and country. Sadly due to his selfishness, the NRM may die with him.
- Recently I asked on facebook anybody to tell me not three, not two, but only one hospital Museveni has built or improved in his 25 year rule and none of the NRM apologists could come up with any. They went around in circles and people kept on asking them to name a hospital but of course even if we gave them a year, they were not going to come up with any. I also see Museveni mentioning things like small pox, polio, tetanus, TB e.t.c that most of the world has eliminated but conveniently omits the crucial issue of general health and hospitals. Recently patients at Mulago hospital went on strike and moved their beds out of the death wards into open air outside. At the largest government hospital, Mulago, pregnant mothers are asked to carry their own surgical gloves when going for delivery. Patients have to buy their own needles for injections and drip outside the hospital to be used in the hospital. That’s our state of health.
- He praises the youths and then adds this: “Unfortunately, they are resented by the old guards in some cases because the latter think that the sharper insights of these young cadres are a criticism of the failures of the senior members. This is a wrong attitude. The senior members did their bit of, for instance, identifying with the NRM at a time the party was unpopular in some areas. That is good enough credit.” This is aimed at creating divisions between the old members in the NRM and the youths while projecting himself as the good man. This is aimed at endearing himself to the youths and a prelude to phasing out some old members that have stood by him. I guess like he has dealt with most of his past colleagues, some of his old colleagues are about to be discarded after being used in his entrenchment scheme.
- When he talks of how people are falling head-over-heels at the mention of NRM, he should pause and note how telling it is that far more registered voters kept away from the vote than voted for him. Even of those that NRM claimed were its registered supporters eligible to vote (9 million), only about half voted for Museveni. Something definitely doesn’t add up here. No wonder since that ‘victory’, soldiers armed to the teeth have been on the streets of the country’s towns. Does the president expect to run the country like this for the next 5 years? Is such a situation sustainable? Won’t soldiers grow weary and stressed waking up each morning mindful that they may be ordered anytime to shoot their brothers and sisters while those who order them are luxuriating at their pain? That’s Uganda the president seems to basking in pride of.
- He still ascribes the votes UPC and DP got in 1962 to the way the British colonialists demarcated the regions in favour of UPC. The old man sounds more like Mugabe. He mentions opinion polls that gave him 84% popularity. May somebody please remind him of the percentages Ben Ali and Mubbarak got at their last polls? His whole speech is full of bragging and abuse but he does not know that magnanimous leaders reach out to those they defeat. In any case the whole thing of 68% victory is a farce I will never believe in just like the 1980 elections or the elections that Saddam won before he was pulled out of a hole or Mugabe’s previous elections.
The only thing we should hope for is to be like Zimbabwe but unfortunately for Ugandans, there is no country like S Africa nearby to give legal residence to them or promise our country an interest-free loan of $1 billion to sort out our problems. On the positive side, I don’t think Ugandans can be as docile as Zimbabweans.
I am lucky to have built my career without benefiting from NRM’s 25-year rule. By the time Museveni came, I was in high school in a good school and doing well, so I don’t think his non-coming would have stopped my education because neither was I going to fail nor lack fees, and education in Uganda was ok. I don’t consider myself among the people he liberated. I instead consider him to have liberated his pocket and family. Like I mentioned on a different forum, I can never work with or for the NRM as long as Museveni is their president. Period!