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Day March 12, 2012

ICC: AFRICAN LEADERS ARE THEIR OWN ENEMIES


Closing the ICGLR summit in Uganda, President Museveni is reported to have suggested a special sitting of the African leaders (through the AU I presume), to discuss the ICC, which seems to target only African leaders. Many glaring facts are testimony that African leaders are their own victims at best, or at worst, enemies of their own people. The ICGLR is the second most useless outfit on the continent, after the AU. Meant to foster peace and stability in the region, its leaders have refused to marshal enough forces to physically flush out the bandits in Congo forests. If at the height of the Kabila Crisis, 16 countries were drawn into the fray, why not marshal the same forces now, and pacify the region, beginning with Congo? The country remains a haven of war lords, guarding and protecting international pillage of the mineral wealth, while the leaders are ever globe-trotting, ‘seeking solutions’ to the region’s problems in five star hotels, akin to what Graham Hancock calls discussing famine over steaks!!. Why didnt this conference convene in the jungles of eastern DRC, where people have been reduced to a sub-human existence, serving as sex-machines and slave labour for the UN ‘peace-keepers’, who are in reality fronts for mineral wealth pillage?

The tragedy of this region and continent was summed up to us by a UN ‘peace-keeper’ in DRC, with whom we struck a rapport during a business lunch at Goma’s Stella Matutina Hotel. A young guy in his early 30s, he argues that he cannot imagine himself suffering in the jungles of wild Africa, leaving his young family, while the ‘leaders’ of the country and the continent are the actual engineers and beneficiaries of the conflict. His verdict therefore, was that his ‘suffering’ in the jungle must be paid for, thus the ‘femmes de confort, ( some as young as 10) and the incessant flights of ancient ugly Russian planes from Goma Airport.These are the two major activities of the forces in eastern DRC: it is an entire chain, each force exacting its authority according to its level in the hierarchy. Despite being a jungle airport, Goma is the second busiest airport in the region, after Nairobi’s Wilson.

The ICGLR, has among its goals, non-aggression and mutual defence. If this is the case, why then the arms race that we see among its individual member states? The resources squandered on arms would go a long way in strengthening the economies of the region, thus reducing the causes of instability and its consequences: what has been termed ‘ sex and gender based violence’ is a product of such instability. Eastern DRC is in a state of bellum omnium contra omnias( war of all against all, where you either eat or you are eaten). And this can never be solved by condescending speeches in five star lakeside resorts. DRC and her immediate neighbours are led by generals, yet the region remains unstable.

The ICC therefore is the only saviour for the suffering African peasant. You cannot protest neo-colonialism while running along the pillagers and rapists of this continent, in the name of investors. We have seen it all. Since we have seen African leaders for what they are, we shall lose nothing if we petition the ICC to expand the definition of crimes against humanity to include kleptocracy in all its manifestations: pillage of resources ( as in oil and the DRC scenario), primitive stealing as we witness in Uganda, et al. In this way, ordinary Africans will lose nothing by having an ‘imperialist’ institution protect them against their own home hyenas. Both are hyenas, where the one from your village or the foreign one.

African leaders can only save their necks if they take a leaf from Cuba’s Castro. He has been a living testimony of leaders sharing the plight of their people. He practices what he preaches. The moment we detect this spirit in our leaders, we shall rally behind you and condemn neo-colonialism. But as matters stand now, you are merely agents of competing forces seeking to rape the continent, as you take your own piece of the pie, stowing it away in foreign capitals and banks for your progeny. Mme Bensouda, les voici….!!!

Amon b mbekiza
kla

KAMPALA CITY: LET’S GO THE MOI WAY


Professor of politics indeed he was. Now glorified for his hitherto chastised obstinacy, Kenyan Baaba wa Taifa, Mtukufu Daniel arap Moi used his ‘dictatorship’ to solve the Nairobi Mess, which Uganda can learn from to fix the Kampala Mess. Faced with a fracas worse than what we see in Kampala, he set up The Nairobi City Council Commission, akin to KCCA here. One unique feature about the NCCC was that it was under a purely technical management dispensation. No mayors. No councillors. No politician whatever. The NCCC, created by one man harangued for his dictatorship, set the agenda and foundation for the marvel that we see today in Nairobi. The new reforms that brought in the mayor and councillors found systems too entrenched to be shaken by political squabbles a la Lukwago, Munyagwa versus Musisi. The Minister for Nairobi, a compromise office under the co-habitation government, equally has his supervisory roles defined. And The City in the Sun is shining.

Kampala must go the same way. We must start afresh. The current ‘technical’ team and ‘political leaders’ are all too power-obsessed to have any impact. We have men and women in this country who can do us better than we are getting now. And the current law ( KCCA Act) must be scrapped totally. It is the source of all this mess. If Kampala Capital City is under the central government, it cannot be a local government again, with mayors, councillors, RDCs, et al. As we seek a better law, let the PS Public Service take over as signatory to the World Bank funded Kiteezi Garbage Project. Hiding behind ‘interpreting the law’, the protagonists in the KCCA feud are primary fighting over the billions under this project. Started during Ssebaggala’s times, the terms of the project are that the mayor is the signatory to the account. Musisi wants to sign. Lukwago wants to sign. The project has stalled. Garbage is flowing. Residents risk catastrophic epidemics. The workers there were sacked under the new KCCA arrangement. The peasants, whom each side in the KCCA feud claims to be fighting for, are the victims, both in Kampala and in Kiteezi. Musisi’s children have a better life. Lukwago’s children dont go to Nakivubo Blue Primary School.

Parliament, lawyers, civil society, please, help. Else, the Luzira deaths seem a precursor for worse times.

Every waking day in Kampala dips our hopes even further, of ever living in a decent environment. What exactly is the problem? I have not read the KCCA Act but from the actions, behaviour and comportment of those whose roles and functions it defines, one can safely conclude that we are governed by a very bad law, inadvertent or otherwise. How does one explain an entity that has a lord mayor and councillors, mayors and councillors, a minister, an RDC and deputies, as political leaders; with a technical team that directly reports to the national head of state? Is it a local government, a ministry, a parastatal, an authority, an NGO, or a movement?

What exactly did the framers of this law have in mind as they went about passing each clause? Did they envisage a Kampala Capital City as a geographical entity, with an administrative status of a local government, and then the Authority, a statutory body mandated by the central government to manage Kampala Capital City? What does KCCA as we have parroted it, exactly mean? Is it a fusion of an authority (as in Uganda Investment Authority, National Drug Authority, Uganda Revenue Authority, et al), and then a local government (as in a district, a municipality, or city) or the two are different? Can Kampala, the geographical entity, be a local government and a national statutory body (authority), at the same time?

Just like in other situations where we have sought independent management, isn’t it time we got an independent, professional management company, with no loyalties whatsoever? Something like a Kampala Metropolitan Management Company (KAMCO)? We negotiate terms and their management fees. This arrangement will not have taken away the people’s sovereignty and powers, since people’s councils will remain in the form of Neighbourhood Assemblies, which will demand for services, in consonance with their taxes collected by KAMCO. The Neighbourhood Assemblies will handle local neighbourhood matters. Education, roads, health, water, power, security, planning, public transport, and all other services shall be delivered or supervised by the technical staff recruited and paid by KAMCO, according to the management contract with the Neighbourhood Assemblies. Our obligations and expectations shall be defined in the context of paying taxes and receiving quality services respectively. The Chief Executive of the managing company will be under a different dispensation, with the overall responsibility of overseeing an operations team to deliver services to the city residents. The success of community policing and other community efforts by citizens is an indicator that people can plan their own affairs. This actually is the genesis and true meaning of civil society.

Amon b mbekiza
kampala

Pioneer Buses are likely to be worse than UTODA


By age 5 in my rural Nkore, I already knew that a bus carries 74 people, thanks to the ‘bus song’ that we would sing every evening Wavamunno’s bus arrived from Mbarara, as we begged it to ‘… carry 74 and take us…’. Two decades later, after college and working in the industry, I discovered the ‘mystery’ of the 74: 62 seated passengers and 12 standing passengers. This is a standard large bus.

I have seen the Pioneer buses in the media. Going by their publicized carrying capacity of 31 seated and 30 standing passengers, one can safely conclude that we are into a worse UTODA era: congestion on the road and congestion in the bus. The carrying capacity of a bus is determined by its overall length and the desired sitting configuration. That this bus carries 31 seated passengers, translates into the following plausible sitting configuration:

4×1(1)=4
2×2(6)=24
2×1(1)=2
1×1(1) =1

Total= 31

This simple arithmetic means that the bus has one row at the back with four seats; six rows of two columns, totaling 24 seats in the main cabin; one ‘half-row’ of two seats at the entrance( making provision for the door), and 1 jumper seat opposite the driver.

The permissible standing passenger formula is one passenger per row. Therefore this bus can carry a maximum of 6 standing passengers. Not 30. Not even standard large buses would carry 30 standing passengers, since they have a maximum of 12 rows. Transport Licensing Board, KCCA, beware. Equally to beware should be the travelling public and the Traffic Police. These buses cannot get Third Party insurance. No sensible insurer would cover a bus for excess passengers. Public Health officials should as well get concerned. Squeezing 30 standing, sweating people in a space meant for 6 is recipe for the spread of communicable diseases, in our already polluted Kampala. The Passengers Association should be vigilant, to ensure that these buses are not to carry 61 passengers.

KCCA, Transport Licencing Board, please advise Pioneer to simply fix pliable seats in the aisle, and forget about standing passengers. This will mean a 37-seater bus, back to our congestion. Had the powers that be been keen, instead of the 522 minibuses that Pioneer has imported, we would have 261 large buses, carrying 74 passengers, thus the easing of congestion. As it is now, we are into a double congestion: on the road and in the bus. Ndugu Odanke, please live to the values of the organisations you belong to, and market your buses as 37 seaters, not 61. Not all Ugandans are as ignorant as authorities assume.

And talking of congestion in the bus, KCCA, should immediately do the following with matatus, as it goes to rethink ‘buses’ phase two:

-number all the routes and allocate matatus to designated routes, to be respected
-compute and determine the fares within the city. Have the fares pasted inside each matatu. It is possible. Civil Aviation did it for the airport taxis.
-get all matatus to have PVC seats that are easily washable. Velvet seats do harbour and transmit vermin and diseases.
-get all drivers and conductors branded: uniforms and ID tags displayed

Next, KCCA should invest in a fumigation chamber for all PSV vehicles, including buses on all routes in the country. This is pressurised ‘spray race’, where the vehicle is enveloped for seconds and released, emerging purged of all vermin and germs. We needed this yesterday. It is possible, Madam Musisi. You need to live to ‘The 2,000 Musisis’ attribute. It is possible to lead a decent, dignified life in Kampala and Uganda.

Concerned Resident
Kampala.

Dr.Muhumuza’s Defence of Mutebile is absurd


In the week that the Muteebile saga reached its peak here, next door in Kenya, we celebrated the lives of two prominent nationalist Men of Men: Njenga Karume and John Michuki. These need no introduction, save for the uninitiated, who I advise to seek out Karume’s book, Beyond Expectations. The passing of of these two luminaries, only served to inspire and reinforce the ‘Tuinuwane’ spirit, which was Karume’s philosophy, whose baton he passed onto three generations below him. The world in Kenya did not stop. On the contrary, everybody was fired and charged to add to what these two great men had done in their lives.

That Ugandan ‘experts’ are warning of dire consequences if Muteebile goes, is not only defeatist, but a clear demonstration of intellectual dishonesty, one key tragedy besieging this country. Dr Muhumuza’s argument is the most absurd. It is a loser on two fronts: one, advancing western speculative capital practices and policies as the panacea to Uganda’ s economic woes. In case he missed it, Dr Muhumuza will find Dr Mahathir Muhammad’s treatise on the fallacy of euro-centric arrogance in global economic and financial matters, very edifying. It was published about 3 weeks ago in The New Vision. Muteebile has been doing nothing at the Central Bank,but creating an artificially-controlled ‘economic stability’, a prescription from the Breton Woods Twins. And it works in their favour, not ours.

The second front where Dr Muhumuza loses it is about the ‘strong personality’ of Muteebile. This itself is another fallacy, since what is needed is professionalism, expertise and a clear national vision, not so much personality in the narrow psychological sense. Moreover, by bending to political pressure and embedded interests, even when he had constitutional protection, Muteebile glaringly stripped himself naked, showing all and sundry, that he can be compromised: what strong personality is this, even if we were to dwell on this variable? Muteebile betrayed the Mukiga in him, even after swearing to his peers at Kampala Club, that he would rather go home, than implement strange directives: but what have we seen? Trillions squandered on parade jets, billions( perhaps trillions) drawn for election campaigns,unexplained currency printing, capital flight( the actual cause of the dollar crisis late last year), and here we are, with ‘experts’ talking of one man’s invincibility???

It boils down to the intellectual dishonesty alluded to above. On three occasions at least, I have listened to Dr Muhumuza advancing Prof. Ha Joon Chang’s theory of ‘kicking away the ladder’, which explains why the western world is prescribing to us economic policies that they themselves never used on their path to industrialisation and the current dominance of the world. Chang aptly argues that the West, having reached the top, are now kicking away the ladder they used to climb, so that nobody uses the same ladder to reach where they are. That Dr Muhumuza knows this, yet advances the opposite is the tragedy of this country: the intelligentsia( in the larger sense of the word), knowing the truth and speaking( or keeping quiet) from their stomachs. This is treason by commission and/or omission. Dr Ssewanyana chooses the latter. Knowing what keeps EPRC going, she decides to play safe, not to ‘comment on matters political’. Of course she very well knows who Muteebile represents and their influence on her source of buttered bread: EPRC.

No man is invicible. No single man has a single vision. This line of argument is very poisonous, leading to the mentality of ..only him can manage the army…, a very terrible danger to the institutions, individuals and national destiny. Even in basic management, you are the worst manager if you believe that your office cannot run in your absence. A visionary leader, at whatever level, creates systems and structures that will see continuity after his departure. On a day-to-day operations basis, it saves you the hassle, since you achieve through your lieutenants.

The world existed billions of years before each one of us was born and it will continue to exist ad infinitum, after we are dead. A friend in our team puts it better: …’not even to my wife, the world will stop briefly for her for the first few minutes of my last breath…and very soon, she will be gauging who is the most suitable replacement’….!!!

Muteebile, listen to the God within you…. only Him can sack you!!!!!!!!!!!!

SANDRA BIRUNGI

NRM Imaginary Rebel Groups Exposes M7 Dictatorship Naked-UPC


Uganda People’s Congress
National Secretariat

Office of the National Youth Leader
Plot 8-10 Kampala Road, Uganda House,
P. O. Box 9206, Kampala
phone/Fax:+256-41-236748

 

Press Release

12TH March 2012

NRM IMAGINARY REBEL GROUPS EXPOSES MUSEVENI DICTATORSHIP NAKED

1.   The Uganda People’s Congress would like to express its outrage at the behavior of the government of Uganda and state security agencies for harassing, intimidating and framing members of the opposition political parties especially UPC members for allegedly engaging in rebel activities.

 

2.   After the UPC defeated the Yoweri Museveni’s UPM in the 1980 general elections, the defeated candidate did not opt to use civilized and lawful means to change the well deserved victory of UPC. Instead he opted for rebellion and violence to kill the UPC and particularly multipartism in Uganda. The districts that comprise the Luwero triangle are still littered with the skulls of UPM’s / NRA’s military mis advneture.

 

3.   For nearly two decades UPC led the struggle to dismantle the UPM (now called NRM) one party-cum- military dictatorship. The UPC used open methods to challenge the NRA/NRM’s stronghold on our motherland. We used the civic means, diplomatic channels, open but peaceful protests, media campaigns and defiance and the courts of law to expose the NRM fraudulent dictatorship and ensure a return to multiparty dispensation

 

4.   The NRM Mafias prior, during and after the 2011 general elections has been trying to link UPC to several rebellions in the Country particularly LRA. They failed to substantiate their claims and now have adopted mafia strategies of persecuting some UPC members whom they alleging are involved in rebel activities. The several arrest effected by NRM militarist is a big discount to democracy and economic prosperity of the Youth of these Country.

 

5.   These arrests are not accidental but are a well calculated move by the NRM government operatives to implicate the opposition members in imaginary rebel groups created by the government to destroy the credibility of political organizations. The NRM government operatives are professional manufacturers of rebel groups and mafia gangsters as evidenced by the creation of the Force Obote Back Again (FOBA), the National Democratic Alliance, Holy Spirit Movement 11 led by Sarah Nabukonde in Mbale, Peoples Redemption Army (PRA),Uganda Freedom Front and now Uganda National Front Army (UNFA) and Uganda People’s Federal Alliance led by Diaspora-based Lawrence Kiwanuka

 

6.   The timing of the arrest and creation of these imaginary rebel groups, the Uganda National Front Army (UNFA) and Uganda People’s Federal Alliance led by Diaspora-based Lawrence Kiwanuka exposes the NRM hidden agenda to crackdown on the opposition at the time when the Commonwealth team has finished its verification of Uganda’s capacity to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference. This dubious and notorious agenda are:

                                    i.        To have ineffective and weak opposition parties who only exist on paper in our law books and during election years, without capacity to organize and mobilize the people.

                                   ii.        To generate fear in the population by arresting citizens indiscriminately on grounds that they are members of this imaginary rebel group called Uganda National Front Army (UNFA) and Uganda People’s Federal Alliance led by Diaspora-based Lawrence Kiwanuka

                                  iii.        To cripple the entire democratization process so that we revert to single party rule. President Museveni was forced to open up political space in his own words by donors and investors. He does not believe in genuine functional multiparty democracy where there is true competition on a level playing field, that’s why his government has refused to operationalize article 72 of the constitution to regulate and finance parties.

                                vii.        The NRM government should be the last to implicate UPC members in rebel activities owing to our historical track record in this country.

                              viii.        UPC brought independence through negotiations without shedding innocent blood of Ugandans.

            o     We fought for the restoration of multiparty democracy in Uganda politically and through courts of laws.

            o     UPC consistently has advocated for the resolution of the Northern Conflict using peaceful means.

            o     We have demanded for a national dialogue, the setting up of an Independent Truth and National Reconciliation Commission (ITNRC) which eventually would culminate in a National Conference to chart a way forward for our country.

            o     UPC is currently participating in Inter Party Committee dialogue, a forum to build confidence and national trust to open a way to solve our country’s problems. The Museveni Government is undermining this process.

            o     On the other hand, NRM shot its way to power spilling innocent blood in Luwero and it has maintained itself in power for the last 20years through more violence, intimidation, wars(internal and external) and more bloodshed.

 

7.   This subversive campaign will not deter UPC from contesting the forthcoming local council elections now that the courts of law has provided a different framework as opposed to that under the so called Movement System.UPC calls upon the Youth leaders, Women leaders, District Chairmen, the Constituency Chairmen and the Branch Chairmen to actively mobilize and capture all the local council positions. UPC urges the Electoral Commission to provide guidelines early enough to political parties for these LC elections and intensify civic education for the voters. The Electoral Commission should not hurriedly and haphazardly rush these elections

 

8.   I must also inform members that as the National Youth Leader of UPC my advocacy on food security and youth adopting agriculture have yielded big as opposed to luring youth in rebellion being propagated by NRM dictatorship. In Northern and Western Uganda Youth Regional dialogues that took place on 10-12 and 16-18 Feb/2012 respectively in Arua and Mbarara for Youth leaders from seven Political Parties with each Party sending seven delegates on Job Creation, Political Participation and agenda setting, I moved a resolution for youth to adopt Agriculture as a major source of employment and promote food security, that was thunderously adopted and passed to promote economic empowerment, nothing like advocating for rebellion using force of arms.

 

9.   During the inter-party youth dialogue that took place from 23-24 at Garuga Beach Entebbe, the Youth leaders Nationally adopted to engage non-state actors particularly those in food security and agriculture since they now look at agriculture as a major source of employment and poverty eradication, therefore it would be misleading for NRM to implicate opposition youth in rebellion

10.  Finally on 29th February, I proposed alternative policies to government in agriculture in relation to youth employment that later the MPS from the ruling Party adopted and have received appreciation/compliments from those in government during the Inter Party Dialogue.

 

Conclusively, the UPC Youth are highly committed to democratic values based on our historical strategies of using peaceful means to change governments. Our UPC members who are in detention are being persecuted on the basis of their political affiliations since they are UPC’S in the eyes of the dictatorship they have committed treasonable crimes,the same persecution that I personally suffered in many forms in the hands of YOWERI MUSEVENI MAFIA DICTATORSHIP

 

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY

AROMA PATRICK

UPC NATIONAL YOUTH LEADER

AROMA PATRICK
UGANDA PEOPLES CONGRESS
NATIONAL YOUTH LEADER
6th Floor Uganda House
Plot 8-10 Kampala Road
P.O Box 37047 Kampala
         +256-791-616-766
          +256-701-658-459
 

NRM: State of Rupture!


By Ed Sentongo-Kironde

USA

It all goes back to the time when the NRM caucus in Kyankwnzi was postponed a number of times. My suspicions are that the retreat had been stalled because party leaders needed to undergo vigorous discussions in a systematic way. Major reason for stalling the meeting could have been finding ways to resolve the impending internal party problems. Party elders must figure out ways how to harmoniously work with the new NRM Turks.

Some issues and proposals have been raised with intent to weaken top NRM leadership and eventually, the negative aspects of the ongoing internal squabbles, will destroy the party. This would be the result of unintended outcome. Some of the NRM’s new Turks could be driven by the desire to be visible on the national political landscape other than strengthening the NRM Party. All politics is local. One can authoritatively and reasonably tackle national politics only after strengthening the party’s responsibility towards the nation. For one to be able to solve national problems, one should be able to first solve problems surfacing within the party. If something good comes out of these squabbles, say, NRM elders and the young Turks get to see the light and go back on the drawing table, then hallelujah – It would be something good coming out accidentally, the correct English word is serendipity.

Corruption in Uganda is not limited to one party, region or tribe, it is overly homogenized and the corruption cancer does not only consume politicians. Whenever the government loses a court case, citizens say justice is served. One in ten cases when the government wins, it is the corrupt judges. Where the opposition lost in the National Elections, corruption and voters were bought, where the opposition won, the people have spoken. Are you kidding me? Should we support a law where aspiring candidates are prohibited to spend a penny during the campaign season for fear of being labeled as bribing voters?

Undoubtedly, the NRM Party is in an abnormal state. Anyone not seeing that is in abnegation (self-denial). The Party Chairman has talked of purging the party of those he called rebels. Then the crisis in the NRM Party is a fact. Other NRM leaders have talked of the Mafias among them. Now once the discord sinks further in CEC, NRM should not blame the opposition. I know it has now become fashionable for the opposition to blame NRM for its ills. UPC is blaming NRM for UPC youth wingers’ behaviors storming the Uganda House. Now Pulkol was sent by NRM to destroy the UPC party. Ahaj Ssebaggala was commissioned to leave the Democratic Party in disarray. FDC has a catalogue of misfortunes credited to NRM including one of its Vice Presidents knowing of a plot to assassinate Dr Besigye. Some of the top FDC leadership was convinced that their leader would not recover from the recent ailing and took it upon themselves to prepare the home ground ensuring a biblical national wide unrest. The have already written a death certificate for Dr Besigye. They said that the chemical sprayed in his eyes have now taken effect and those chemicals will be the cause of death and the government will be fully responsible. To their disappointment, Dr Besigye recovered from a “common flue” and he had only traveled to the USA to be with his family and other business engagements. Dr Besigye said that there are many who wish him dead, probably some from his own party who will not shine while he lives. Until we realize that we can do badly on our own without any foreign intervention, we will continue to sink.

For a better tomorrow, opposition parties need to be strengthened and respected. Of course respect is earned. Then, only then, we can look at them as partners in governance for checks and balances.

That said, if we regard the opposition within the country as business firms having branches, NRM cadres fighting their own leaders, are the ones supplying the opposition with merchandise and direct their customers to go shop from opposition stalls. NRM Turks need not be told that the decline in the ruling party means the rise in opposition.

Rewind

The Right Honorable Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, as the NRM Secretary General, was tasked with a challenging assignment organizing NRM Candidates for public office and planning and executing a successful electoral campaign. Prior to the Ugandan General Election, NRM carried out her primaries and those who missed out on party endorsements, started fighting their own party, under the Independent label. The-not-so victorious in the NRM primaries decampaigned their own where maturity took a vacation. NRM was more scared of the Independent candidates than the established mainstream opposition – it was like fighting its own (but with gloves) and the adversary has never stopped. Whereas some Independents may have had genuine reasons, others were purely political opportunists. Some are still convinced that Alhaji Kaddunabbi Lubega, would have been reelected as an MP for Butambala had he opted to run as an Independent candidate – he chose party unity exhibiting a high level of maturity. Prof Tarsis Kabwegyere, after losing in the primaries, vowed to throw his support behind the NRM candidate who defeated him. NRM needs more of such cadres. There should not be victims in party primaries, but the not so victorious celebrating and rallying behind a team selected among them to vie for parliamentary seats. We could have eleven million Ugandans claiming to play soccer, but we only need 11of the best in the field at a time.

There are many who want to see Hon Amama Mbabazi fail, both within the party and the opposition, but he cannot fail without weakening the NRM leadership, he cannot fail as an individual. I do not blame the opposition because the NRM Secretary General has never lost a General Election.

The NRM Chairman is emphatically opposed to any dividing line being drawn between the Secretary General and those who want him fail within the party. The new NRM Turks, who have come to the forefront in the revolutionary struggle in the fight against corruption, must not confuse or combine the struggle of succession with corruption.

The new NRM Turks cannot be brushed off easily. They may luck the necessary revolution intuition, but have the intellectual prowess to lead a revolution movement.

Trained leaders do not fall from the skies; they mature only in the course of the struggle. They may stumble once or twice, but how they get back on their feet matters.

The NRM democracy must provide a mode of consistent representation of relatively stable alignments or modes of compromise in its polity. Whereas the party constitution spells out how party leaders are elected, party members put pressure on the chairman to name a successor.. That would contradict a democratic arrangement. Even on the national level, the people want the president to name a successor yet the constitution names the vice president as the first possible successor.

In desperation and frustration, some look at the opposition parties as alternatives to provide stability. Parties do not always promote political stability. In many countries, Uganda inclusive, parties mobilize movements against existing regimes and are a major force in bringing regimes down. This is done by depicting the regime in bad light. No wonder opposition groups work overtime to organize chaos.

Now citizens are told that the oil dollar meant for entire nation is only in a few hands of individuals in the NRM regime. Besides CHOGM, the opposition can use the information to rally the citizens behind them, and they have persuaded a number of NRM cadres to be on their side. Enough intrigue will create a continuous wedge within the party and the country as well. Constructively critiquing and faulting the government on the obvious failures in the Healthy Industry, UMEME and failed road network , by the opposition, can have instant attraction to voters whose lifestyles and occupational interests coincide closely with the common citizen.

When you force senior NRM cadres to resign from the government, it is like getting rid of all the old trees from the forest and a pruned forest is not worth its name. The NRM chairman is torn between two hats. His intervention to strengthen the NRM party is seen as intervention in parliamentary procedure and constitutionalism when he talks to the NRM caucus even outside parliament. The Chairman can instill discipline in his party and as the president; he can instill discipline in his cabinet.

NRM cadres who financed their parliamentary elections feel that they do not owe anything to the party hence the indiscipline. Independent MPs who once belonged to NRM and “lost” in the primaries then vied for their seats, have a point to prove that they thrive on individual merit and do not need party organs. NRM founding fathers should be scared of mass party indiscipline. To avoid an amorphous organization, it is now imperative that there should be a recognized NRM organ tasked with strategizing the party’s vision – NRM Strategists.

The attempts within the NRM party for individuals to improve their personal performances in the 9th parliament may actually have aggravated the situation. Individualism rather than party loyalty has taken an upper hand. Some of the individuals were recipients of party patronage to help them getting elected.

Email: edkay4u@yahoo.com

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