90% of the time, the Opposition in Uganda spends its energies lecturing government on democracy and proper management. The assumption would be that they have deeply internalized the tenets of democratic organization – especially “dialogue” and harmonization – as opposed to impulsiveness.
- Gedanken (Thought Experiment) 3
We continue with our thought experiment on the economic performance of Uganda under Museveni.
In 1995, Uganda had a population of 21m people and was collecting Shs 527 billion in revenue, which when adjusted to inflation comes to Shs 3.2 trillion in 2017 prices or Shs 151,000 per person.
MP Odongo Otto refuses to vote for Besigye radical extremist, Ingrid Turinawe, and announces he will be quitting FDC.
The campaign against radical extremism in FDC by its cult leader and opposition presidential candidate for life, Kizza Besigye had taught us many lessons.
First the suffering the cult leader has gone through has traumatized his supporters who have blinded themselves to the profound strategic deficit in his courageous resilience.
The radical extremist faction of FDC led by opposition presidential candidate for life, Kizza Besigye, is already pushing that party towards an open split. High profile politicians are finally finding their voice to stand up against intolerance and blackmail by this group.
Is it possible for an opposition candidate to win the presidency when the combined opposition gets only 15% of the seats in parliament? How do we predict this? The only laboratory of human experience is history.
Are there countries in post colonial Africa where an opposition candidate won the presidency while the combined opposition lost parliament by a very big margin?
Earlier this year, internationally acclaimed journalist, Andrew M. Mwenda came out strongly against TVO, a Facebook page that has long been bent on a campaign to smear the government of Uganda.
According to Mwenda, this TVO entity has hacked into poorly protected government of Uganda websites and apparently negotiated deals to buy alleged classified content from them.
For 16 years now, opposition presidential candidate for life, Kizza Besigye, has led his followers, especially radical extremists, along a tunnel with no light at the end. He has promised them power through various means but failed to deliver anything except misery.
Their radicalism is a sign of lost hope; their anger is misdirected to those who seek to save them from a leader who is incapable of delivering on their false hopes.
Whenever Museveni has tried to do something and failed, he has blamed the opposition for sabotaging him. This was the case with Bujagali dam in 1999. In the same vain, whenever Besigye tries something and it fails, he blames the “dictatorship.” This is the case with his myriad promises to win elections or bring down government through defiance.
FDC presidential candidate for life, Kizza Besigye, first declared his intention to run for president for the first time on October 28, 2000. On November 19, only three weeks later, I wrote this article for The Monitor, raising the very issues I am raising today. I have cut more than two thirds of the article so as to have the read focus on the core issues. For a full article see the post below. Continue reading Besigye’s Radical Extremists Began In 2000
Many Ugandans (including me) had always believed opposition presidential candidate for life, Kizza Besigye, is a very courageous man. Now I’ve realized this is not entirely true. Here is why;
Besigye and his radical extremists need to address the following: If Besigye wants to convince us that he is different from Museveni let him do so in actions not mere words. If he wants to convince us that it is not only Museveni who can manage Uganda let him first show us that it is not only Besigye who is singularly qualified to beat Museveni in a presidential election.
During the 2015 attempt to field a joint presidential candidate for the opposition TDA, Besigye mobilized a faction of radical youth in FDC to go to the TDA offices and kidnap him and hold him hostage until he declares that he has been “forced by the masses” to run again.
After the 2001 elections which Besigye said was rigged, he told me that he would never run for elections again as long as Museveni is president. He later went to exile saying Museveni was trying to kill him.
I hosted him severally on my radio show on KFM where he repeatedly said he would never run in an election when Museveni is president.
[Yesterday, January 26, 2017] NRM marked 31 years in power. On this day 31 years ago, Besigye was only 28 years and Museveni’s blue eyes cadre. They had been in the bush together fighting apparently to bring about democracy and transform the economy of Uganda.
Within three days of taking power Besigye was announced as the Minister of Internal Affairs responsible for the police. Ask the opposition politicians of the day how Besigye’s police treated them. In fact most were in Luzira.
Today FDC stands at the crossroads. Although the party was born to oppose cult leadership in NRM, it has developed a cult around Besigye that is worse than anything we have ever seen around Museveni. While FDC was founded in opposition to intolerance in NRM, its levels of intolerance of anyone who criticizes its cult leader is unprecedented in our political history.
Happy new year to everyone!
The other day, the opposition in DRC forced President Joseph Kabila to respect term limits on the presidency. He agreed step down end of the year. They achieved this by organizing a defiance campaign that lasted weeks and saw dozens killed. For the last 16 years Besigye had promised this outcome and consistently failed to deliver on it. Why?