What has since happened to President Museveni was aptly captured by late Hon. Eriya Kategaya in his book “Impassioned for Freedom”. Condemning Mr. Museveni’s third term bid, Kategaya wrote; “I have observed that the longer one stays in power, the more one is insulated from reality. The trappings of state apparatus tend to make one live an unrealistic existence.”
Sadly, President Museveni has been living this ‘unrealistic existence’ for a long time now. For starters, he removed all doubt about who has been blocking our music concerts. Ridiculously, he says that I cannot stage concerts because I discredited his government to foreign investors! So, you can see! The same police which desperately wanted us to believe their stories about late comrade Ziggy Wyne is exposed once again! They have been saying that our shows are stopped because we didn’t have enough ambulances, a traffic management plan, and that all of a sudden our venue had become too small to host our fans. Now, President Museveni busts his own shadow by exposing their lies!
Shamelessly, Mr. Museveni also told BBC News Africa that I am an enemy to Uganda’s progress! You can imagine the lack of shame. In case he has forgotten, let us remind him who and what the real enemy of Uganda’s progress is!
The real enemy to Uganda’s progress is a 34-year-old dictatorship which has nothing left to offer to Uganda.
The real enemy to Uganda’s progress are the sickening levels of corruption for which President Museveni is a chief priest.
The real enemy to Uganda’s progress is the breakdown of democratic values, characterised by rigging elections, violation of civil rights and liberties and the blatant disregard of the law.
The real enemy to Uganda’s progress is a failed education system where millions of our nation’s children do not finish primary school; where children study under trees, and those who are lucky to finish school have no skills whatsoever.
The real enemy to Uganda’s progress is a sick healthcare system- where the few health facilities are understaffed and ill equipped. Where health-workers are poorly paid and the few drugs sold on the black market. Where the casualty ward at Mulago hospital is itself a casualty- victims of accidents sleeping in their blood on the cold floor.
The real enemy to Uganda’s progress are the rampant land evictions, where poor Ugandans are thrown off the only thing left in their possession by the powerful and mighty.
The real enemy to Uganda’s progress are the murders of our people at the hands of the state- Kasese being only an example.
The real enemy to Uganda’s progress is the nepotism and sectarianism practiced in the public service and championed by President Museveni himself. Where merit no longer counts and a small clique controls every aspect of the state!
The real enemy to Uganda’s progress is the breakdown of state institutions and erosion of their independence. Where a president controls the judiciary, parliament, police, IGG, etc.
The real enemy to Uganda’s progress is the excessive wastage of public resources – where President Museveni and his cronies bulge in abundance at the expense of an overtaxed, poor Ugandan.
The real enemy to Uganda’s progress is the illegal, high-handed grabbing of Uganda’s public assets and resources!
You can add on and on and on……… The enemy to Uganda’s progress is not me and other Ugandans who are fighting to free our nation from oppression, suppression and exploitation!