By Nathan Iron Emory
23rd May 2011
Mr. President, when you see Dr. Kizza Besigye, a patriot of the NRA struggle being manhandled by young men because of his political stand to have Uganda progress democratically, [as opposed to your monarchist ideology] are you touched by his persecution? Do you really remember the great services Dr. Kizza Besigye offered you during the NRA struggle?
Mr. President, at all your swearing ceremonies, you keep talking of unaccomplished tasks by NRM regime- building roads, education, energy and modernizing Uganda. But your comrade President Mwai Kibaki has only been in power for ten years. And yet in that time, Kenya has achieved more than 70% infrastructure development.
Several roads have been constructed and others are due for completion. These are super high ways. Massive school, health, water and energy projects are being undertaken throughout Kenya at constituency levels. Kenyan parliamentarians, unlike your corrupt NRM MPs, have used the same Constituency Development Funds (CDF) that you have to develop their constituencies. What do you have to say about that?
Mr. President, for 25years, you have been singing army, army, and army! When will you stop pouring our money into the army? Your opponents, and nearly all political observers, have rightly come to the conclusion that you are actually building personal army to perpetually keep you in power.
Mr. President, for 25years, you have sworn to uphold and defend the constitution of the Republic of Uganda. Yet on numerous occasions, you have, with great irony, been the same man who has presided devious schemes to abrogate the same constitution. Mr. President, are you ruling animals or human beings?
Mr. President, have you now adopted tyrannical style of leadership? Are you concerned about the damage your armed forces are causing to your personal image and status as Head of state? What legacy do you wish to leave behind? Do you actually believe that you are going to live among the very people being terrorized by your security apparatus today? Do you really think you can live in peace after your presidency?
Mr. President, Ugandans are not terrorists to be shot, tear gassed, arrested, tortured and detained all the time. They are not Al-Qaeda but are merely exercising their democratic rights in order to achieve a full democratic dispensation that has virtually withered away during the period you have been in power.
Mr. President, stop the brutality that is escalating. Tell Kale Kayihura, your arrogant and cruel Inspector General of Police, that for both of you to retire peacefully in your communities and not hell, you must both tell your armed askaris that they must uphold, respect and observe Human Rights.
Mr. President, history teaches us that all those who use guns wrongly to maintain power or acquire wealth ultimately shall pay heavily for their ills. Judgment day shall come. What, in your view, is the best form of security? Is it peoples love and support or garrisons of brutal army and police officers?
Mr. President, remember this: “…The family that slays together, stays together, and perishes together”. Saddam Hussein and his sons Uday Saddam al-Tikriti and Qusay Saddam al-Tikriti found this out the hard way. One of Col. Gaddafi’s sons and his three children have followed suit. Is this what you wish for your beloved son Lt. Col. Muhoozi and your grandchildren?
Mr. President, you are attracting anger and hatred from the citizens of Uganda. They are getting to a point of where they will fear you no more. They will develop ideas and the courage to finally free themselves from the shackles of your oppression. When that time comes, Mr. President, it will be too late for you, your children, grandchildren, and relatives.
Mr. President, Rwakitura, one of the many homes you have, is said to be a magnificent state of art residence fit for a King. The path of repression and brutality that you have chosen however has forced me to painfully imagine your beloved Rwakitura engulfed in flames; revolutionary flames lit by the very people of Uganda you are oppressing today.
Mr. President, I understand that Hosni Mubarak’s wife suffered a heart attack after being taken to task for her role during her husband’s long brutal and wasteful reign. Her two sons are in jail facing immense financial charges. Your great mentor Col. Muammar Gaddafi once advised you that “…revolutionaries do not leave power; they die in power”. Is this your destiny?
Mr. President, read the public mood. Be brave and honorably come- up with a single-humane decision about your character and leadership. Events in Libya are serious lesson to be learnt about bad governance.
One by one, NRM cadres will start deserting you. You may choose to burry your head in the sand, but I will tell you that your NRM cadres are angry that the ideals of the bush struggle are now unachievable under your absolute leadership. What do you say them? What do you say to your former top cadre Bidandi Ssali who has written several warning letters to you?
Mr. President, you were brought up by Mzee Byanyima. I listened to the respected statesman and elder describing your character and I was deeply touched. The old man cannot understand how the reclusive
Mr. President, can’t you see that our pregnant mothers and sisters are being suffocated to death by your tear gas? Can’t you see that innocent children, your grandchildren, are being shot dead by your son Muhoozi’s Special Forces?
Mr. President Sir, like your “foster father” Mzee Byanyima said, this is also my final warning letter to you as President before the people of Uganda take matters into their own hands. And I am saying, RESIGN DESPOTISM and treat my fellow citizens as people! END.