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.
In his new year’s message to the nation, the President of Uganda, H. E. Yoweri K. Museveni, last evening, sternly questioned the role of the media [including the government’s own New Vision] in the economic development of our country.
- 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.
How economic success has tended to create more political trouble for Museveni than comfort
Very many Ugandans are angry, very angry. They feel the country has lost direction. They argue that our politics is corrupted, our democracy in retreat, and elections are rigged. They say the economy is not growing, poverty is increasing, inequality is widening, and state capacity to deliver public goods and services has been grossly eroded. Yet the opposite is the case on almost all these issues.
In 2005, I wrote to then commissioner general of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Allen Kagina, asking how many motor vehicles they register on average per month. She replied giving me a figure of 2800.
Last year (2016), the average number of motor vehicles being registered was 12,000 per month – an increase of 330%. Meanwhile the population in 2005 was 29m. Now it is 38m, a growth of 33%. Continue reading Gedanken (Thought Experiment)
In its classic forms, according to Ian Tyrrell, American Exceptionalism refers to the special character of the United States as a uniquely free nation based on democratic ideals and personal liberty.
Of course, I grant it to the Americans who so hang on to their respective successes as their “Exceptionalism”. They are undeniably unique. What I sternly dissent is when they misunderstand every other civilization to be a second-rate class of humans. That is a misnomer.
MP Odongo Otto refuses to vote for Besigye radical extremist, Ingrid Turinawe, and announces he will be quitting FDC.
So now Besigye’s demented psychopathic maniac, Robert Shaka, who goes by the pseudonym of Tom Voltaire Okwalinga or TVO is denying his identity.
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.
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
I have always argued that radical extremist supporters of the opposition presidential candidate for life, Kizza Besigye, are either mentally retarded or cowards or both.
They cannot stand by who they are and defend their beliefs in their own name. So they use pseudo names on social media. The demented psychopathic maniac going by the name TVO, who is actually Robert Shaka, is one such coward.
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.
[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.
PRESIDENT MUSEVENI ADDRESSES NRM YOUTH CADRES AT KYANKWANZI: “I spoke to a group of 290 young NRM cadres undergoing training at the National National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi.
They were identified during the just ended campaigns as enthusiastic and capable young people who could benefit from some fine tuning.” Continue reading President Museveni Addresses NRM Youth Cadres At Kyankwanzi
What goes round comes around. This is an aphorism anyone who had been part of ousting the president might never have given even the minutest of reckoning although, maybe, they should have! Continue reading The Person of Jimmy Akena Obote