By Stephen Twinoburyo
I posted the following on A4C page:
I suggest that Ugandans living in countries where heads of state have been invited to attend the 12 May 2011, Sh 3.3 billion, swearing-in junket should write to those heads of state urging them not to attend because by doing so, they would be giving a nod of approval to the sufferings of the majority of Ugandans and perpetuating their misery. It should be pointed out that past leaders looked on as Amin butchered Ugandans and current leaders should walk a different path that extols the dignity of ordinary Africans. By attending the Sh 3.3 billion extravaganza in the midst of biting poverty and accompanying diminishing citizen liberties, they would have been hugely insensitive to the plight of ordinary Ugandans – and indeed many Africans that suffer a similar fate (Uganda police brutality in pictures: http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/uganda-police-brutality-in-pictures-1.1056881?image=2).
I am definitely doing the part on my side. It may not change the decisions of all these leaders but it may make them pause and think, and more particularly look at the country and prevailing situation more critically.”
Justin suggested: “Let us include countries whose Diplomats based in Kampala are to attend swearing in ceremony of the brutal tyrant.”
“Correct Justin. Let this message go to Ugandans in the diaspora. As ordinary Ugandans on the ground face daily brutality from the security forces, this’s a role we in the diaspora can play. Walking to our embassies, yes though it’s good, will mean we will basically be speaking to people who won’t do much and it’ll be an exercise in itself that will not achieve much. Ugandans should instead walk to government offices or parliaments in countries where they live and present the plight of Ugandans to the leaders of those countries. We cannot just sit in foreign countries and shake our heads as we see a 4 year old brutally murdered and not play a part (http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/-/688334/1148904/-/c2na5hz/-/index.html). Our role is to bring the plight of Ugandans to the people we live with, and just like the international community eventually isolated Gbagbo, this struggle, however long it takes, will be for the good of Uganda, and in fact the whole region that is living in fear of a war-monger that’s arming himself to teeth as his people wallow in biting poverty (Uganda to buy fighter jets worth $1.2 billion from Russia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aosA6yFRpqM).
Whatever number of Ugandans is available to present the case doesn’t matter much. The point is that it is presented and it will be on record as having been presented to those leaders. Those who can, please go ahead and do it.”
Arafat Bion Matove: “Can you publish the list please? There is a point in this. We are to save much in case they boycott Museveni’s controversial swearing in ceremony.”
Mary Kelly: “That’s a good idea! We should also make sure on that swearing ceremony, people walk in millions. From Entebbe to Kololo, let invited guests watch how their host treats his citizens.”
The Walk to Work campaign for which people are being killed or brutalised is for a genuine course and in fact the Washington Times sums it up very well:
“Beneath the positive statistics (Uganda’s economic stats as presented by Museveni), however, is massive unemployment among university graduates, rampant corruption, a low manufacturing base and wasteful government spending.
Mr. Museveni helped fund his presidential campaign, estimated at $350 million, through the national treasury and a supplementary budget. Rising inflation has drawn the attention of everyday Ugandans toward the general direction of the country.”