President Tibuhaburwa told us long ago that he hunted down his animal and got it. That animal is Uganda. He has skinned the animal persistently, consistently, uninterruptedly for 36 years, and ensured that increasingly a few people, increasingly of the same ethnicity and linguistic identity have direct access to the animal, at all costs.
Despite the niceties in the NRM/A Ten Point Programme, which convinced many Ugandans that positive fundamental changes were going to be ushered in.
Unfortunately, 36 years on, whatever changes have come have not been primarily for development, transformation and progress of Uganda so that she can be a respectable member in the community of nations in the 21st Century.
The truth is that whatever has happened has been more towards affirming President Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s brand of politics -‘family rule – and for that matter, power consolidation and power retention. Everything else is secondary. And nothing the President does or has done deviates the Triad of President Tibuhaburwa Museveni, Power Consolidation and Power Retention.
In a recent article, I wrote that the year 2022 will be more about President Tibuhaburwa Museveni than about Uganda or anything. In other words, things like democracy, human rights, health education and even the economy will be secondary to the President’s determination to rule Uganda as a family possession, and thus to power consolidation and power retention in 2022.
In order to achieve his aims in 2022, the President has the Sectarian Law which keeps the population fearful, docile and silent as he himself can do things that are openly Sectarian. Presidential Sectarianism is increasingly reflected in his appointments in the Civil Service, the army and the Uganda Police. For Power Consolidation and Power Retention, the Army and Uganda Police have become almost fused, and it is no longer easy to distinguish a soldier from a policeman.
Besides, it now looks far obvious than before that to access the national cake, you must not be far away from President Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s family. One is lucky if one is connected by kinship and marriage. That is why some people think governing Uganda has become a matter of an inner circle within NRM by increasingly members of the ruling family and those connected to it.
This is unfortunate. It brings Uganda in the same bracket with the Family of Nguema Mbasogo in Equatorial Guinea, which has excluded everyone else from power and key resource in the country more so oil and ensured that the national budget is Nguemistic, just like the one of Zaire (DRC) was Mobutuistic. That is why Parliament must get ready to give way to choices of how the National budget is used.
Given the status quo, and the way things are going, in 2022 Parliament will be rendered even more as a toothless bulldog. Meanwhile, the Judiciary will be returned to serve the interests of power, so that injustice will be cast as justice.
In one sentence, the Executive, Parliament and Judiciary will be fused to serve President Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s determination to consolidate and retain power, with his family at the centre stage. Ugandans and their Institutions are too disempowered to prevent the total ownership of Uganda and her Institutions by President Tibuhaburwa Museveni.
Only God can frustrate my predictions if he is not the one who has inspired me to make them. If he does not frustrate them then they are his thoughts too. But we should remember it is God who raises leaders and/or rulers and removes them. We cannot rush him. And there is nothing that he lets happen that is not for him to teach us a lesson.
If we Ugandans have not learnt anything, we shall learn with the passage of time. When we have collectively been freed from lies and deceptions, and our minds are ready to accept that God raised President Tibuhaburwa Museveni and allowed him to retain power this long, this long to teach us a lesson, then we shall be on our way to meaningful and effective liberation.
Otherwise, right now Uganda remains a conquered and occupied country and is being ruled like that, with our indigenous groups of people increasingly marginalized in their own country, and more like third rate citizens.
For God and My Country.
The Writer is a Ugandan Scientist and Environmentalist
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