Why is Museveni taking us for idiots?

07 Mar

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”:

  • 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.

Police action

  • 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.

UPE school in Eastern Uganda

  • 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.

Museveni's youth supporters during the 2011 campaigns

  • 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.

Enforcing Museveni's victory 2011

  • 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!


Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Stephen Twinoburyo's blogs


10 responses to “Why is Museveni taking us for idiots?

  1. Peter

    March 7, 2011 at 22:11

    Stephen, any foolish artist will work madly at his canvass and never step away to see his work in perspective. However long he toils, however deftly he manipulates brush, palette and paint, his work will only turn out one way-a potboiler. Stepping away from one’s work to get the bigger picture is more critical to the success of the project than the act of doing the work itself…

    I gleaned the following from an article that appeared in the East African of March 7-13 2011, page 8, by David Kaiza.

    Over the last decade, over 60 new districts have been created in Uganda. The total number currently stands at 112.

    The cabinet now stands at the bloated figure of 72, a whole thirty slots above the 42 permitted by the constitution. And after the latest elections, be assured that the numbers are going to swell even further.

    The 8th parliament, that most corrupt of any lawmakers in Uganda’s history stood at 332 directly elected MPs. That figure is now 377, excluding youth, people with disabilities, the 10 army reps, workers and ex officio members.

    By 2009, Uganda had the highest number of sub-national administrative units in the whole world, and the highest in Africa. Kenya, whose GDP is twice that of Uganda, ($25b against $13b) had only 8 such units, compared with Uganda’s 80 before the elections. Comparatively, S Africa with a $261b economy had 9 provinces, while Ghana with a $14.98 economy had only 10 regions.

    As of 2008, this country of ours spent $7.8m on the Office of the President in addition to $33.5m on State House. The extra ministers drew a salary of $7m while each of Museveni’s presidential advisers (they are rumored to be about 70 of them) drew an annual emolument of $24,000 each.

    As of 2009, all Resident District Commissioners were earning a total of $80,000, enough to treat 63,000 cases of malaria.

    While more administrators have been appointed and are still being appointed like they are manna from heaven, service delivery in the key areas of agriculture, health and education have stagnated, according to Action for Development, Acode.

    According to Acode, in 2008 463,631 children sat for Primary Leaving Exams, and of these, only 17,021 or 3.7 percent achieved Grade 1 pass.

    Reduction in child mortality has stagnated at the 2005 figures of 69/1000 and our maternal mortality rate of 505/100,000 is the 8th highest in the world.

    More than three quarters of all Ugandans or 77 percent are employed in agriculture, but the sector’s contribution to the economy has declined from 50 percent in the 1990s to 21 percent currently.

    Other facts:

    WHOs current recommended percentage of women who should give birth by caesarian section in any country is 15, Uganda’s is standing at 2.8 percent of now.

    At the Uganda Cancer Institute in Mulago, of every 120,000 children affected by cancer who start on medication, only 300 are able to complete the cycles due to the prohibitive cost of cancer medication (which is hardly ever available in Mulago so that patients and/or their caregivers have to buy it from private pharmacies).

    Patients in the orthopedic department of Mulago Hospital recently went to strike (we are talking about patients here) due to lack of attention by medical personnel and lack of medicines in the department.

    Uganda right now is at a point where the money it allots to payment of administrators is threatening to overrun that set aside for what they are meant to administer.

    Just before the election of Feb 18, each of the 332 MPs had $10,000 deposited on their accounts, ostensibly to monitor government projects. Shortly thereafter, each of the ruling party MPs had an extra $5,000 deposited on their accounts.

    I leave it to you to work the maths out and to figure out why such amounts were spent in such a manner at such a critical time as that.

    And on, and on, and on, ad nauseam…

    And so my friend Stephen, that is the 25 year legacy of the mighty NRM, the party at whose name people fall over themselves in sheer reverence.

    And they continue to work feverishly at their canvass, dabbing gushes upon gushes of yellow paint on their canvass, never pausing for even a moment to step away from their work and marvel at their 25 year potboiler of a creation.

    And we thought the world was short of fools.

  2. Twino Speaks

    March 8, 2011 at 07:43

    Peter, the information you have given is troubling indeed! How did we end up here?

  3. Grace

    March 8, 2011 at 08:55

    Twino, To add on the decay of health Services, there is this letter to the New Vision from someone that visited the Dental Clinic in Mulago. I personally last visited in 1999 and what the medical staff were doing was to direct patients to their clincs.

    Mulago Hospital is a shadow of its former self! Monday, 7th March, 2011
    EDITOR: Mulago Hospital is a shadow of its former self and its current state is an indication of how pathetic Uganda’s health sector is! It is manned by an inadequate and mainly indifferent and demoralised staff who are still waiting for their February salaries as I write.

    However, they still continue taking the blame for the numerous complaints about the poor state of the wards, theatres, delivery suites, name it!

    But I would specifically like to draw public attention to the Dental Clinic at Old Mulago. Like other outpatient Mulago clinics, it deals with a multitude of patients on a daily basis ranging from 30 to over 50. Almost all of them need some surgical treatment.

    The problem is that the clinic has almost no instruments or supplies to provide proper care! Instead of autoclaves to sterilise instruments, it has boilers and a handful of instruments have to be used for several dental extractions daily.

    So, the typical scene is that a tooth is extracted, the blood is rinsed off the instrument which is thrown into boiling water for two minutes before the next extraction.

    This is hardly adequate for killing anything from simple bacteria, to TB, to HIV! The same goes for other surgical procedures in the dental clinic and other departments with the staff having to continuously make the difficult decision of either turning away poor desperate patients or working on them in a filthy environment where many single-use items are reused endlessly.

    As a result, numerous complaints have been silenced by the hospital administration, including a recent one of a mother claiming her child tested positive for HIV after treatment at Mulago.

    The hospital needs to be rescued before those of us who still have some little faith finally lose hope.

  4. Drew

    March 8, 2011 at 10:55

    Predictions -Museveni will be removed by his own people not the opposition
    by Drew Ddembe on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 12:00am
    Today someone asked me what my prediction for the next few years was. i hjave made similar predictions in the past some of which were accurate.

    Museveni will become more paranoid over the next few years. Certainly if he has no plans of retiring, he is going to have to become more oppressive for things will get tougher and people more radical! Ambitious NRM insiders will become more and more agitated as they too are approaching 75 years particularly if the terms are extended to 7 or 10 years! Chances are that Museveni is going to be removed by his own people. I do not see the opposition being able to remove him now but his own party as well as army if they are reading the signs and mood of the country as well as that on the continent must be getting restless!

    Those on the inside who wish to remove him will be using the very same arguments that we as well as the opposition have made. Lack of democracy, removal of term limits, prolonged incumbency, succession issues, shifting goal posts. those who are still true to the ideals of the movement or those who get a crisis of confidence as they get older will be questioning the status quo!

    those who have promoted the claim of only one man holding the vision to Ugandan’s future are starting to look foolish and may wish to make remedies while those who suspect that Museveni has dynastic plans may now become galvanised.

    Whether the move to retire Museveni is political or military is going to be the issue. Its is possible that Museveni would chose to resist a political removal and treat it as treason! one wishes that the NRM was the ANC and the party had institutions that transcended the individual! The least bloodless would be political but his control of the party is too absolute. But when you see his own men like Mbabazi cracking, then you can see that there’s going to be trouble.

    If museveni has succession plans for Muhoozi which I believe he does, the next few years are going to be for building a powerbase for Muhoozi both within the army and outside the army. That means selected and handpicked young and mid career recruits as well as sidelining those opposed to project Muhoozi! Muhoozi took his own friends with him when he joined the army and there were previous rumours of him recruiting his friends to ISO. He also has his own army within the army having control of all of the crack troops and mechanised troops. Plus he has access to the main business cash cow soon to come online which is oil as part of his brief is protecting the oil fields. this of course will lead to options, partnerships and chairs on oil company and supporting infrastructure boards once he has been civilianised after promotion to General and likely being granted a medal for his action against kony in Garamba even though it was a failure!

    There is also Salim saleh who has control and command of the reserve forces -if there is anyone South of the Sahara, who can russle up and create an army very fast from scratch, fast its got to be him. Between his reserve forces, his veterans association and his Saracen security/mercenary outfit, his Rwandese, Sudanese/SPLA, Congolese and Somali/Putland connections, I doubt that there is anyone south of the Sahara who can build an army from scratch as fast! He is another person to watch as if the army decided to get rid of Museveni he would be backup if the sons troops got overwhelmed.

    The real question is going to be whether when the time comes, the son is intelligent enough to read the signs or whether he is going to tough it out and fight! this of course could become anywhere from a congo to a Libya!

    The next few years could see a purge of people previously considered to be loyalists simply because for those who are ambitious, time is running out. The longer Museveni remains president, the less likely it is that they will have their chance too! People like Mbabazi stand a risk of getting replaced by people like Nsibambi or Atubo who are not really threats! Amelia Kyambadde is a new comer and loyalist who could potentially replace people like Bukenya!

    The next few years are going to be interesting to watch!

  5. Peace

    March 8, 2011 at 13:04

    We are tired of people like you who go on about how Ugandans are suffering, while you lounge in foreign lands.If you have got no solutions for us, kindly desist from disorganizing the rest of us who are trying to move on.Stop insulting us

  6. Martin

    March 8, 2011 at 13:17

    Hi Steven, thanks for the time and effort in articulating the emptyness of Museveni’s speech. Sometimes, I wonder if he believes in what he says or he simply has nothing to say hence he repeats the same rumblings irrespective content and context.

    Reading between the lines, I can feel your frustration. But which sober minded Ugandan would not? It is so painful watching people destroying the only country you call your own. Bur most worrying that these are people ignoring the fact that their actions are pushing the country to the precipice of disaster!!!

    Anyway, as they say a picture says more than a thousand words, I am so hurt in fact annoyed by that photo of ‘a mother of our nation’ being thrown upside down on the police pickup! Who would have expected that Uganda will come to this in 1986? I guess her only mistake was not to wear a yellow t-shirt or may say under-garment as the ladies in another picture below!!!

    I am hurt! If I was not a village product I would be seeking treatment for depression! But that is not an allowable sickness by virtue of where I come from!

    Keep writting; you add a lot of value and hope to some of us.

  7. Twino Speaks

    March 8, 2011 at 15:42

    Thank you all for your comments. They are very enlightening but other times saddening or outright annoying reading what’s going on.

    Peace, you are entitled to feel the way you do, depending on your circumstances. But I think you will also agree that we are entitled to feel the way we do about our country. All these are genuine feelings of the experiences on the ground.

  8. Zane Reeve

    March 9, 2011 at 12:11


    I understand your disappointments. But tell you what, I am actually glad that the hotch-potch of a coalition did not take the day! We’d be cursing by now, going by the events unfolding within that patchwork of a grouping, before and after the elections. The bottom line is that coalitions have never worked for Uganda. Evidence is in our recent history, like when Obote formed an alliance with Buganda’s Kabaka in the 60s and the UNLF coalition in the 80s. Look where these got our country to. I just wonder why Besigye needed that excess baggage? He could have probably done it on his own. If I compared it to a professional football team, FDC should have sacked it’s manager one season ago!

  9. John Byaruhanga

    March 10, 2011 at 21:25

    Museveni’s days are numbered, look at the current and recent lists:-Mubarak, Gadafi, Ben Ali, Sadam, Mobutu, Amin and the lists goes on. This is s new era and all dictators will end up either in jail penniless cos all their assets will be frozen and this includes museveni and his cronies or they will be tried and hanged for the abuses of human rights on innocent citizens. What happened in Northern Ugandan won’t go unpunished. Museveni can talk all the rubish and he can use all threatening language, but the world is watching and documenting all evidence against him and his stooges.

  10. Olugna-angulO

    March 11, 2011 at 08:39

    GOSH…Twino, thanks for the write. great blogg!


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