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”………I have to also say that Africa’s democratic progress is also at risk when leaders refuse to step aside when their terms end. (Applause.) Now, let me be honest with you — I do not understand this. (Laughter.) I am in my second term. It has been an extraordinary privilege for me to serve as President of the United States. I cannot imagine a greater honor or a more interesting job. I love my work. But under our Constitution, I cannot run again. (Laughter and applause.) I can’t run again. I actually think I’m a pretty good President — I think if I ran I could win. (Laughter and applause.) But I can’t.

So there’s a lot that I’d like to do to keep America moving, but the law is the law. (Applause.) And no one person is above the law. Not even the President. (Applause.) And I’ll be honest with you — I’m looking forward to life after being President. (Laughter.) I won’t have such a big security detail all the time. (Laughter.) It means I can go take a walk. I can spend time with my family. I can find other ways to serve. I can visit Africa more often. (Applause.) The point is, I don’t understand why people want to stay so long. (Laughter.) Especially when they’ve got a lot of money. (Laughter and applause.)

When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife — as we’ve seen in Burundi. (Applause.) And this is often just a first step down a perilous path. And sometimes you’ll hear leaders say, well, I’m the only person who can hold this nation together. (Laughter.) If that’s true, then that leader has failed to truly build their nation. (Applause.)

You look at Nelson Mandela — Madiba, like George Washington, forged a lasting legacy not only because of what they did in office, but because they were willing to leave office and transfer power peacefully. (Applause.) And just as the African Union has condemned coups and illegitimate transfers of power, the AU’s authority and strong voice can also help the people of Africa ensure that their leaders abide by term limits and their constitutions. (Applause.) Nobody should be president for life.

And your country is better off if you have new blood and new ideas. (Applause.) I’m still a pretty young man, but I know that somebody with new energy and new insights will be good for my country. (Applause.) It will be good for yours, too, in some cases.”—-HUSSEIN OBAMA



Do American Presidents operate in Africa based on their kinship impulses and/or personal inclinations, or do so within constructive frameworks of national foreign policies? We have said enough about the depredations of slavery, colonialism, neocolonialism, dependency, globalization, etc. From my considered opinion, it is about time Africans do things for themselves and stop day-dreaming that American Presidents, etc. are divinely mandated to help Africans. Come to Museveni’s Uganda and see the opulent and thievery lifestyle of the people I call educated pen-armed robbers and you would be ashamed of them, not Obama. Did Obama tell Frank Tumwebaze to steal shs.10b and deposit it on his account? Did Ugandans do anything about it or they let it pass?

The masses have been benighted and marginalized by the pen-armed robbers, the latter bloated in Mercedes, BMWs, etc. and puffing in palaces purchased with stolen wealth. Paradoxically, in this day and age, we have pupils who go to school under trees. Our hospitals are dilapidated. Our roads are death-traps! Come to the streets of Jinja and Kampala and you would encounter some millions of hungry-looking school-going age kids peddling all sorts of made-in-China items. What are our politicians, aka pen-armed robbers, doing? Yes, filling their pot-bellied banks with cocoa, oil, diamond, timber, bauxite, etc. money. Yes, stealing and leading the good life. Don’t get me wrong here. Hard work and consequent riches are ok, but not when whole systems are at the mercy of pen-armed robbers. Ironically, the benighted masses adore and worship such big wo/manism syndrome.

My dear friends, let us ask new questions and stop talking about being ashamed of Obama! We should be ashamed of ourselves for not training our guns on our political elites aka pen-armed robbers and casino-ed academics with bogus PhDs parading in the corridors of corrupted power.


Now that the silly Obama speech has lived this long and many have decided to hold a life orgasm with it, let us closely look at it critically, you see I am always amazed at how Africans particularly the so-called degree holders react with so much excitement at statements such as “Changing Constitutions so that a leader can keep power”–President Obama are made. What is new about this statement that brings so much excitement from degree holders? Is it because it is made by an American President? If an American President makes more sense than the so-called African revolutionaries such as Museveni, why do you still call African countries independent? And do you know what continues to be strange, is that the same people who are so excited will turn around and blame United States for interfering with their internal matters. What is more intrusive than telling you in your face that your leadership is useless and on your own soul? According to Obama, the only person in Africa who matters or mattered when it comes to leadership is/was Nelson Mandela. The rest are piece of garbage. Which is true by the way. Out of now more than one billion Africans only one person was given the right “gene” for leadership and that was the late Mandela. And that was the open abuse of Africans that Obama placed in our face.

African dictators are in power for the very same Obama finances their governments, leave the man he is a lost cause. Think about this, remember when he made the speech in Africa about dictatorship and we need to build democracy? Where exactly did he make it? In Egypt the most autocratic government we had in Africa. The man is useless let him fall apart at his own peril. And now he has a new democratic friend, Iran, watch that one as it falls apart you will realize how Gadhafi was a better deal for him.

This could not be far from the truth when one examines the quality of discussion on UAH. After nearly a decade of chattering, no one out of the so-called thousands of members has exhibited any qualities of leadership. very good at blaming Mzee Kaguta, the late Amin and praising the late Obote who let Uganda down twice and his son is doing the third by destroying UPC the only legacy Obote is remembered for.

The difference between Amin, Obote and Museveni and you folks who are good for nothing is that all the three led you and one is till leading.You sound like Americans who all the time refer to mass killers as mentally derailed when this mass killing is carried out by an American within America. The same person is a terrorist when he happens to be a Moslem and Arab.



President Obama’s address is similar to the proposals our kids made in parliament during the Constituent Assembly Delegates conference in 2004. Our papa Stephen Akabway was the chairperson and David Pulkol (minister of education) was the chief quest. If you remember, each district was asked to send two young delegates to present their proposals to be included in the new Constitution. I was seated among several headteachers. Kids read their speeches. Much of the stuff was very good but none seems to have been included in the new Constitution that came into effect the following year. I still remember two interesting observations:

A boy from Kotido shocked us when he stated that he felt he was not a Ugandan because looking at glittering and well cared for children from other parts of Uganda, it seemed for them from Karamoja, they were from another poor country, why the discrimination, he asked. You could hear sighs from almost the entire room.

Another thing I remember was a proposal from one delegate kid: that parents should have a maximum of 4 children and that they must pay taxes for any extra children. One headteacher observed and said, ” These children are unfair to us, so Mudidi, how much tax would you be paying if this proposal is made into law?” I listened attentively and realized they had several children [ These were powerful policy issues which would serve our country well if examined and shaped] I guess our presidents must have felt uneasy at that Addis meeting with Obama.

It would have been too bad if Obama had asked them by show of hands who was ready to leave voluntarily; and it would even been more interesting if he had asked some leaders to comment about his observations; for example if had asked Presidents Mugabe, Museveni and Kikwete to respond! Obama was only 19 years old when Mugabe became Zimbabwe’s leader; now Obama is about to retire from the US presidency but Mugabe is just beginning anew.

Even the best dancer knows when to leave the dance hall. In leadership development course, Harvard lecturer Professor Ronald Heifetz likens good leadership to a situation where a dancer leaves the hall to watch how other dancers are taking their strokes (Going to the Balcony). The observer will note how some of the dancers are missing their steps and if he had admired one of those dancers messing, then he realizes he was equally wrong and if he went back to dance, he will be conscious of the missteps and avoid repeating the same.

The professor was advising leaders to take time off to consult, reflect on one’s performance and know when to leave for others.

Peter Simon Okurut via the UAH forum

Peter Simon Okurut via the UAH forum


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Can you imagine how long it would take Obama to complete to read the list of those African leaders that have refused to give way? He would need at least 30 minutes if he was an average reader: from Mugabe, Museveni to even new Kiir who is clinging on power through the support of you know whom I am referring to.

However, I have some hope left, soon we shall see changes whether they like it or not; one by one, we get some change: Gaddafi is gone, Hosni is gone , I do not know who is next; but we should salute some like President Kikwete that have followed Mandela’s example.

Yes, Obama must have surprised his elders by such bold American talk, no mincing words. Ask Haji Ahmed to comment on term limits and you will have to go to Kotido via Bundibugyo to hear his answer having started from Mpigi, meandering left, right, up and down before he struggles to give a vague answer, by which time you are already asleep just like when his mentor addresses his audience in parliament, nearly everyone sleeps; that is my good Haji Ahmed.

Peter Simon Okurut via the UAH forum

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