By G.H.K in Paris, France, via UAH forum
I’ve seen Mr Abbey Ssemuwemba’s points and the accompanying comments. And I’m grateful to all this effort!A previous posting cites names of those men who rose from nowhere to become leaders. I add on the name of the Great Benedicto Kiwanuka,orphaned at 11 her mother had no fair means to pay the school fees he needed to go to Namilyango College where he had been admitted after his junior secondary school studies at St Peter’s SSS Nsambya. He stayed for some years in his native village in Masaka doing ordinary farming until he was enrolled in the KAR to fight in World War II. After this he received a clerical job at the High Court in Kampala. He made some savings and got married. Then after he sponsored his way to Southern Africa in Lesotho (then known as Basutoland) where he enrolled at a newly opened university to do the intermediate ( equiv A-Levels). Had a lot of financial difficulties to complete the course! Fortunately his efforts were crowned with great success when he passed with flying colours and was admitted to do law at London University where he passeed with honours and was admitted to the bar. Subsequently on joining politics in Uganda he was elected to head the DP and he won the 1961 general elections and became Uganda’s first Prime Minister.
From village boy to Prime Minister! Now when people, in particular the numerically very important youth look at Bobi Wine they see in him what we’ve seen in these people who rose from quasi-ghettos to become leaders. And this is where Bobi Wine is drawing support not only in Uganda but also on the international scene. He has succeeded to rise to the highest and be a real threat to Museveni whom he has humiliated in many things including a debate at Makerere and the by-election wins where Museveni’s presence in campaigns was rather unnoticeable in the presence of very charismatic young politician who articulates issues correctly to the point of winning huge applauses from his numerous attendance! He’s a politician without a party! But he has proved that he can move forward thanks to his brilliant approach and contact with the many who matter in the country.Likewise he has succeeded to create a national global constituency already rooted in the philosophy of the deep-seated influence acquired through his musical tones that could draw masses to his audience. And the philosophy of his action lies here : the effort to rise from nowhere to somewhere, the effort to broaden an air of contact at national and international levels, and the effort to to invest all these experiences in his political action. This is where he has won international prestige and respect.
In this case he isn’t a loner but a mobilizer of a following. His motto : People Power : Our Power comes at a very ripe time when another celebrated motto, TOGIKWATAKO,launched by Norbert Mao and group, has already prepared good ground for his work! And everyone knows how the country will move and to which direction it will steer if Bobi Wine and others will be voted to lead Uganda. And their programme can be anticipated in advance from all aspects of the country’s national life. It’s clear the programme will have nothing to inspire from the failed NRM with Museveni at top for over 30 years! The youth as well as the abandoned and the marginalized will be the key beneficiaries.
It’s true Bobi Wine or any other leader who will come in after Museveni won’t need to follow anything to do with an ideology. Very true, it’s only the actions and the sense to rehabilitate the country and the yearn to push forward will be the creators of anything to do with ideology which in this sense will be the urge for positive action in every sector of the country’s national life!
Does Bobi Wine need to talk and negotiate with Museveni as some rumours have indicated? If anything, it’s Museveni who must and who has been advised to show humility and apologize to Bobi Wine! Bobi Wine, in my view, wouldn’t be expected to go and sit face to face with somebody who is quite oppressive to any opposing view. Let’s judge the situation as it is now. On the one hand we see a 74-year-old person, in pôwer for over 30 years, and now at the sunset of that power which is presently being cursed globally for the many mistakes done to the people including changing the constitution to continue clinging to power! And is surrounded by age-mates who only just listen to his views without formulating any argument on them! And on the other hand we can just see a very young brilliant up-to-the-minute statesman enjoying wide support in his country and abroad where he has been reckoned as
one of those who will contribute to the advent of a new spring in Uganda.He’s surrounded by very many serious actors coming from the nation’s much multifaceted global life.And he is a in himself a sort of a symbol standing for the ideas of the many who now see sense in his People Power motto. He’s a multifarious personality tending to gather all currents in one stream. He is in full contrast with the other old man who appears to stand for himself surrounded by a few with hardly any influence remaining on them!
So if dialogue or negotiation, all that will centre on what? Will it be a sort of seeing a Museveni trying to control Bobi Wine’s action with intent on silencing him? Will Bobi Wine accept to submit to Museveni’s harsh-handed paternalism that would in the long run oblige him to abandon what he has so painfully launched aided by opposition politicians and some NRM individuals? If he submits to Museveni’s hegemony how will he be seen abroad and in neighbouring countries where his action is widely and very wildly saluted? And how will he be considered in Africa where the oppressed are now looking to him and his group as a source of inspiration for the launch of the good new days on the entire continent? And his very dynamic and pragmatic action which is mobilizing masses all over the region, should it
be submitted to that NRM decadence which is now seeing a fall in standards on practically every note! There is no need for Bobi Wine to submit to Museveni! It’s Museveni and group who should by any ruse, if possible, try to find through Bobi Wine a safe landing!
Bobi Wine and group have all the cards in their hands! What the NRM regime is now resorting to through the use of force is a very stupid childish venture! Force won’t prevent change from landing in a country that has now won the very much needed sympathy of the entire world community! And world reaction now is in favour of bringing about the necessary change that will usher in improvement in the ordinary Ugandan’s daily lot!