As the political situation evolves in Uganda, everyone wonders who is safe and who is not?
It is evident that Museveni is using all his powers to die while a leader and to stop the opposition from exposing his weaknesses. In his quest for power, Museveni is now seeking support from those he made poor. Looking how he bowed to salute Buchanan, rolling with full figure and Kusasira shows his intent to wage war on opposition.
Today Uganda is being owned by a small clique of persons who share ethnicity, a common language and a common desire to exploit the rest of Ugandans and turn them into their captives and hostages. Uganda to them means Museveni, their big houses and businesses, their privileged positions and big official vehicles. They don’t care about the health system of the country because they get their treatment abroad at the expense of the taxpayers. They don’t care about the quality of UPE and USE because their children are getting education from first world schools in Uganda and outside. They don’t share your frustration and anguish about appalling health services, the declining education standards and the sky rocketing prices of essential commodities and the escalating levels of poverty in the general population.
The worsening dictatorship of the NRM regime has hit hard at both freedom of expression and media freedom.
The most recent classic abuse of human rights and blatant disregard to human life by security forces was the very public battering of striking Makerere University students. Some were arrested and crudely shoved under the metallic seats of the police patrol trucks. Their rights to property were also disrespected.
Security operatives stormed the students’ halls of residence at night, broke down doors, smashed television sets and other property. Others decided to lob tear gas canisters into clinics where injured students were being treated. Sometimes a peaceful demonstration turns violent because of the poor crowd handling skills of police.
Foreign interference in other politics and governance system
Besides that grim picture of the situation in Uganda, government state sponsored newspapers and media blogs are out to condemn and to give lectures on how other states should be managed.
On Wednesday morning, I woke up to stories in various media outlets especially those linked to CMI and ISO commenting on the cabinet reshuffles in Rwanda, the strange about their stories is that most were criticizing the choices made by the Rwandan president. Comparing the two governments governing styles, there are quite different. Rwanda’s cabinet formation is inclusive and gives room for talented youth to be part of the decision making. While the case in our Uganda is totally different. Museveni rules through Kitchen cabinet and gives no room to the youth and hence the consequences for the increased youth riots and the rise of Bob wine. Those that surround president Museveni are direct members of his family or those of Janet Museveni. The young faces in Uganda’s system are those connected to the first family and the same case applies to those rising in army promotions.
UPDF Generals that fought alongside President Museveni have been dumped without any acknowledgment.
The story published by regime papers about cabinet reshuffles in Rwanda begs the question: Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?