Many times I see President Museveni as a big joker who fails to own up for his own sins. Commonsense is not common, is true for President Museveni, otherwise how could he know, or possibly he does not know that his role and that of his party to see him victor in the 2011 Presidential Elections is what Ugandans have to pay for in form of collapsed economy. His childhood dream to be a Uganda leader is the fruit the country is reaping.
During the burial of 1st NRM Commander Ahmed Seguya in 1991 in Bugerere, President Museveni is quoted to have said what he left out in his Sowing the Mustard Seed. He said that after he had completed his degree at Dar es Salaam and he had been appointed a Research Assistant in President Obote’s Office, he identified young boys; Ahmed Seguya, Abaas Kibazo, Haruna Kibuye and Zubair Bakari. He used to sneak pistols from President’s Office and trained them at Mengo Kisenyi. After Idi Amin’s coup, Mr. Museveini run away with these boys to Tanzania. He instructed them back and gave them different assignments. These used to drive him whenever he would sneak back. The story is what eventually led to the vicious circle of liberations which ended up with the 1986 liberation war. The scheming by President Museveni has continued on through his 26 years as President; this has seen him involved in various schemes in the region like the overthrow of Mobutu to mention but a few. The sum total of President Museveni’s actions including the patronage scheme, uneconomic opening of new districts, wrong economic policies, are the fruits of Museveni’s sin for which Ugandans are paying a big price, up to when, only God knows. Instead of owning up to his sins, he instead looks to the opposition as a punching bag. It is not the opposition which told him to stay in power beyond 2006, it is not the opposition that gave instructions for Basajjabalaba to be given billions of tax payer money in dubious compensation, know is it the opposition that has bought fighter planes that have left the treasury empty. Museveni has to grow and cease to act as if he were a child when the destiny of many millions of lives and future of Ugandans is in his hands.
William Kituuka Kiwanuka