BY AKIM ODONG VIA UAH FORUM
The composition of the opposition leadership is vital to the current politics but not the party they represent. It is common knowledge that Ugandans overall are fed up with the NRM and they want change. Unfortunately, none of the opposition leaders seem capable of convincing the masses that they are agents of change, worse still the masses belong to different parties and crucially, alot of them are floating as a result of discontent, this is the crucial mass that is able to sway to the oppositions. The fact is, should they turn to the multiple opposition, their vote will still count for nothing. This is the reason why it’s crucial that the opposition merge, into one with a single head inorder to capture this floating voters, who could be the determinant of the outcome of the next election.
The opposition without wasting time should temporarily suspend their individual status and form a single body manned by a dream team under a charismatic leader. A leader who is able to articulate the issues that matters to Ugandans most and able to take on Museveni. The new interim body set for the sole purpose of fighting the election should then be the one challenging the EC and other issues there on. The performance of the new body pre-election, will be determine who wins the election.
The present arrangement, means that the opposition are all speaking, albeit the same subject but as individuals. This to many, does not mean alot and may not sway them as long as they still have Olara,Akena,Besigye, Mao and Muntu as heads of individual parties.
Ugandans are desperate for change and anything could do at this point. Its a question of getting the right person to lead a united front and this what the opposition are failing to deal with, creating a united front for fear of losing the dimmest chance to be seen to stand up to the ogre.
Museveni has reached his sell by date and everybody knows that but there is no alternative at the moment. Ugandans are looking for united alternative capable of sweeping them all and jenka an opposition strong enough to defend them from an NRM backclash once defeated. The fear ofcourse is that should the NRM loose power, then the LRA may return or even Amin might just resurrect to torment them all over again. So without a united and strong enough opposition then, its a question of better the devil you know.