Uganda: Vote For Change

26th January 1986 found me in Kinoni, Masaka, that small township along Masaka-Mbarara road. I was 10 years old and I remember that evening my Dad had just finished constructing a rather decent house for his mother (my beloved grandmother, may her soul rest in peace) and we were having a house warming party, which was for a short while disrupted by the sound of bullets. People temporarily scattered until someone came in saying that soldiers were jubilating for capturing Kampala. Okello’s government had been overthrown.

I had followed this war and made friends with some kadogo soldiers who were stationed at Kibulala Primary School where NRA had established a barracks. We all beleived in the NRA ideals even at my tender age. My dad had earlier participated in the war, got captured by Obote’s soldiers in 1981 and imprisoned for three years and had been released in 1883. We all beleived in the revolutionary struggle as a family.

A few days ago I heard another story almost smilar to mine only that this particular family, a certain Haji in Hoima, actually built a special house for hiding Mr. Museveni. He sustained beatings and wounds to his body but he never revealed where Mr. Museveni was. I am sure there are so many such stories.

One simple conclusion I have made in all these stories is that these people/families supported the revolution to bring about the then much needed change for the political situation in Uganda which would enable them change other aspects of life from despicable to accepted standards of living. Mr. Museveni made so many pledges and promises to the Ugandan populace then and we have seen so many of such quotes being repeated now and again. The conclusion we have all come to believe in is that Mr. Museveni is a perpetual liar. He lied to his comrades in the bush; he lied to his family; he lied to all Ugandans; he lied to the international community. The unfortunate part is that he still does lie, even up to now, even during these campaigns. I am sure he will even lie about his death.

Now, him lying would not be the greatest undoing to our country and the lives of our people, but us the people who have believed his lies and worse those who still believe them even up to today after almost 30 years of lying! For God’s sake, what is wrong with us Ugandans? Especially those who still support this man (I feel shy to refer to him as a gentleman, which would be most appropriate)?

He told us that the problem with Africa and Uganda in particular is leaders who overstay in power. and overstaying by that time was between 10 to 15 years. He has been in power for 30 years! What changed?

He told us the he detested the luxurious lifestyle of presidents who move with fleets of vehicles, wasting a lot of taxpayers money in fleet maintenance. Today he moves with more than 10 vehicles, creating unnecessary traffic disruptions for business people who help maintain his rogous government.

He is currently peddling lies that he is going to do away with poverty, build hospitals etc in the next five years. I remember during the last campaigns he peddled the same lies, telling us that he is to bring Uganda to the middle class! I wonder if he even understands what middle class means!

For the very few people who support him – trust me they are very few, because he most of the times move with the same crowd ferried in buses ahead of him, of whom are paid support, or promised to be paid, which in most cases he does not pay and they end up complaining and threatening to abandon him – what is still motivating you to trust such a great liar that Uganda has ever seen?! Maybe you are of the same character, going by Napoleon Hill’s Secret Laws Of Attraction.

I ask again: How can you trust a man who has lied to you for the last 30 years, maybe even more for those who started with him in earlier days and are still with him today? What really needs to be fixed in your heads to open up your minds to see the truth?

The most pitiful fact is that he has also sucked in the youth who have every avenue, technologically, to know the truth, but I see them re-echoing his lies! Is he such a charmer? And with the youths falling prey to him portrays even a more dangerous path this country is taking especially when we talk about future leaders of this country.

The greatest enemy of any establishment in any form, heavenly, worldly or whichever is that one who lies. This is the greatest danger. In my house the only behavior that earns my children a beating is lying. He can break the television, he can cut the chairs, I will not beat them, but only when they tell lies about anything. I hate liars and such liars whose lies can change the fortunes, destiny, livelihood, policy, beliefs.

Recently he was recorded saying, during his manifesto launch that if Ugandans do not vote wisely, it is a matter of life and death! Why should it be a matter of life and death when he claims that he brought peace and security? Who will cause people to lose lives when they vote a different candidate other than him? His army or his police?

For 30 years in power if you have not been able to create an environment that can make other potential leaders to come up, why did you assume that position in the first place? Good leaders nurture other leaders. They create environments that enable good leadership traits to sprout out of others?

If you say that you have created a good environment, how have you planned for it’s continuity when you have not nurtured possible leaders to continue your legacy?

Fellow Ugandans, Mr. Museveni party in the story book of Uganda must come to an end. It is about Uganda yesterday, today, tomorrow and so many more years to come.

Those who still think that Mr. Museveni is still relevant to Uganda going forward, I beg you to open up your minds. Stop the selfish tendencies, because I am very sure that all those supporting him are doing so for selfish financial handouts that have been accustomed to his style of ruling which he uses to buy support. You are not doing it for Uganda, but for your selfish financial gains, like he also confirmed on the K24 Interview with Jeff Koinange, when he said that he is working for his family – his children and grandchildren – not for Uganda.

Let us vote for change, that’s the only way we shall be able to change other aspects of governance when Mr. Museveni is out of the way.



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