The Politics of Bushmen, blood ties and survival

BUSH DAYS

BUSH DAYS

Museveni swearing in in 1986 after capture of power.

Museveni swearing in in 1986 after capture of power.

On Friday night of September 18, a Kampala businessman Mr. Odrek Rwabwogo was dropped by the Central Executive Committee (CEC) in the race for NRM Vice Chairperson, Western Uganda.

According to media reports, the 45 year old Rwabwogo was dropped on grounds of inexperience and standing minus consulting the party chairman. He is president Museveni’s son-in-law who is said to have told the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) members that he runs the party’s business and that Rwabwogo had not consulted him.

According to various analysts, Rwabwogo had put a lot of tension on NRA historical Maj. Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza who had complained of Rwabwogo’s candidature simply because he is a young man and argues that as someone young, he shouldn’t have disrespected historical by humiliating them in standing with them.

This caused public excitement especially among the youth and superficially media attention. The irony in Kyaligonza’s outcry is that whereas they were three people in the race and the third was Gen. Kahinda Otafiire, a fellow historical. He (Kyaligonza) at one in an interview said; Youths shouldn’t think that they will start with wanting to be president. Let them start at the LC-I then we see how they behave. But when you say that the old guard are “bazeeyi” [old] and they don’t know what they are saying then we shall have problems”  “We [Historicals] don’t want familiarity because when we came [into power] we didn’t disrespect people”

The bitterness extended to other members who claim to be members of the historical command and one Hajji Nadduli the Luweero District NRM Chairman faulted Museveni for sending a “boy” to fight an NRM historical.

Its seems those who still support NRM refuse to appreciate the fact that they have no place when the old guard is still here. This was highlighted by Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi who recently fell out with Museveni owing to his ambition that condemnation of ambition is wrong.

Rwabwogo

President Museveni’s son-in-law Odrek Rwabwogo

It is surely greed and hunger to cling on power plus selfishness with the members of the old guard who still think no one can take over from them and rather think they are still the best in ensuring the country’s development.

Its not only with standing alone, but also arrogance that comes with such leaders which eventually keep youth frustrated and desperate for power. In my view, youth should rethink their position and then see how to capture and man their leadership that keeping anticipatory that Museveni and his people are soon getting tired and hand over power to them.

It is the same politics of blood is thicker than water that made Gen. Sejjusa David oppose the alleged Muhoozi project and almost all the people opposed to the project seem to have fallen with Museveni.

Look at Mbabazi, then Sejjusa and of course the fallen General, Aronda Nyakairima whose death has in the last week raised a lot of dust.

Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza who has been on tension because of an election

Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza who has been on tension because of an election

Of course president Museveni’s overstay and his style of leadership has mastered the art of consolidating the inner core bound to the regime by family, ethnic and religious loyalties- in essence, a mafia with goodfellas in various guises protecting his back.

With the 2016 general elections knocking, president Museveni has since, employed numerous tricks to ensure his survival and his re-election, advancing through training various militia groups. Of late, the government critics have questioned the relevancy of Crime Preventers initially dubbed under Community Policing model. What interests more is that at the pass out of these said crime preventers, they are always made to don in yellow Museveni T-shirts which make the whole idea and reasoning behind its formation to be a pro Museveni brigade.

Important to note also, is the way the forces have been created with an intention of promoting one region aimed to ensuring loyalty to the president. The same applies to various government institutions including even the cultural institutions as well as religion. For instance various newly formed kingdoms such as Obwa Kyabazinga, Obuhighya of Kasese have been created and the coronations supported in the interests of Museveni.

We have also witnessed various religious leaders participating in partisan politics especially the ruling NRM party leadership. The recent case was seen in Bushenyi where the south Western Diocese Bishop Yona Mwesigwa Katonene offering politicians spears and shields showing his partisan politics.

Equally so, with the first family joining politics, there has been creation of sort of a dynasty, first with progressively sorted out the military by promoting and making his son, Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the de facto army boss, having his brother Gen. Caleb Akandwanaho commonly known as Salim Saleh as presidential advisor on military, Mrs. Janet Kataaha Museveni the minister in charge of Karamoja affairs, Mr. Sam Kuteesa , Brigadier Muhoozi Kaneirugaba Museveni’s son said to be the most powerful and active member of the military.

What does Kyaligonza’s unopposed “victory” mean? It is only in NRM where democracy is the rule of a rule and as long as the members of the party work in the interests of the head of the party, to them it is democracy. It all began with the Kyankwanzi resolution and the condemnation of ambition by the party officials and promotion of sole candidature marred with the condemnation of the party’s Secretary General’s harboring of presidential ambitions.

The Rwabwogo precedent indicate that that even Gen. Kahinda Otafiire who was also a contender in the race also dropped his ambitions to pave way for Kyaligonza. It also guided the ring fencing of other portfolios in the NRM historical league. Also businessman Hakim Lukenge was equally rejected by CEC for the post of National Vice Chairperson currently held by the historical Moses Kigongo and this meant he (Kigongo) is unopposed, even Vice Chairperson for Eastern Uganda, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga went unopposed.

With this elimination of young blood denying them voting rights under the guise of inexperience, clearly illustrates the fact that NRM is never interested in giving young people an opportunity to serve their party and their country.

 

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