Why I am Giving President Museveni A Benefit Of Doubt

I can’t believe it is already May. It looked like it would never come – I mean, on Thursday, May 12, 2016, the newly re-elected President of Uganda, Gen. Yoweri Museveni will be swearing in for his fifth term in office in what is poised to be a colorful and internationally acclaimed event, at the Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala. I pray it goes well, for two reasons;

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In the first place, President Museveni has promised to bring us [Uganda] to a Middle Income Status in the next five years. Well, I’d like to believe him and if I wish him well, it’s because I am seriously sticking out for my pocket’s welfare.

It is embarrassing to be laggards all the time, with hardly enough to get by, while on the other side of the world people are planning to settle on the moon.

And this is where I am a bit disappointed by the Political Class in Uganda. Stop being amateurs – you are too trivial and subjective, instead of being pragmatic, forward looking and forces to reckon with on policy. Demagoguery seldom shakes status quo; demonstrable expediency does. This is why, in my opinion, Ugandans, even in the recently concluded elections, felt safer with the status quo than with what seemed mere youth frenzy – not to say a boorish towa basi yako! The campaign lacked the poise that only comes with honesty of good plans. Plans! Plans! Plans!

Secondly; I see and appreciate the case for term limits and all that imported pragmatism but I would never want to eject President Museveni with so much ferociousness as in the eyes and words of those that seek to replace him. It gives me shivers even.

Let’s not be so dismissive; lest we sacrifice Jesus instead of Barabbas – again! President Museveni has lingered but he has fixed Uganda, so to speak… and I don’t want to say more on that.

President Museveni has been touted as one of the world’s greatest modern revolutionaries; in the same mould as former South African President, Nelson Mandela

The point is; in as much as I grant the argument that he has stayed too long, the whole country Uganda owes him a befitting retirement – one with grace and poise.

Otherwise we have had no much precedent of selfless leaders – or at least who appear to have a passionate eloquence for the cause of the black man amidst a pack of wolves that want to devour our continent to oblivion! Museveni has tried!

Everybody should rest easy – at least for the next five years – until we get to the next river and figure out how to cross it. Malice and sabotage is not the patriotic thing to do.

On that note I want to congratulate, the statesman Yoweri K. Museveni upon triumphing to yet another swearing in ceremony.

It does not matter whether or not I agree with your stance on issues that pertain to addressing youth unemployment. You are the spirit and face of Uganda for the next five years and I wish you well – for Uganda’s sake and for your own legacy.

Michael Kivumbi


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