PRESIDENT MUSEVENI AND THE EVIL ALLIANCE
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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PRESIDENT MUSEVENI AND THE EVIL ALLIANCE
In the last week all opposition party leaders of Uganda converged
in Nairobi Kenya to meet with the country’s opposition leader Mr.
Raila Amolo Odinga. The motive of the initiative was to from a
united front against Uganda’s strongman President Yoweri
Museveni. Also in the meeting was a personal assistant to Dr.
John Magufuli, Tanzania’s front running presidential candidate in
that nation’s October 25th
Now this united approach to resolving Uganda’s political question
is very interesting. Most important is participation of Tanzania.
Tanzanias are a highly politicized lot, thanks to the mentorship of
the founding President Mwalimu Julius Nyerere. The outgoing
Tanzania President, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, has largely been
isolated in the East Africa affairs at the instigation of Uganda’s
Museveni. He knew that Kenya was just being used to deepen the
isolation on him. So he made sure his farewell foreign trip was
made to Kenya in which he addressed a joint meeting of the two
houses of Kenya parliament, and had the opportunity to explain
that Dr. Magufuli’s closeness to Raila was more of a personal
affair and should not prove a concern to anyone. “We shall always
Indeed Museveni cannot blame anybody for this East African
opposition solidarity against him. He started it all, in 2003,
backing the Kenya government against the opposition leader
Raila Odinga. Since then Museveni has been an active advisor to
the Kenya government on the way to handle opposition.
Finally, the Uganda opposition has realized that this was the way
to go. Alone they cannot beat Museveni, and genuinely require
regional and international support to supplant the highly
entrenched dictator. In his usually simplistic manner devoid of
political thought, kenya’s Deputy President Wiliam Ruto took
advantage of the occasion to run to Uganda to meet Museveni
and declared the futility of this joint opposition consultation. To
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him it was a blind man leading a blind man as Raila has failed to
capture power in Kenya. But it is telling that Raila has beaten the
Kenya government in elections twice, while the Ugandans have
always been defeated by Museveni. They wanted Raila to unite
them against their foe, realizing that Raila has united Kenya’s 40
tribes against the vote stealing clique in government. Finally they
know that Raila has got international connections, which are
crucial for election funding. In one of the elections, in 2007,
Museveni had to send forces into Kenya to help quell discontent
against election rigging.
In Uganda itself, Museveni has always capitalized on Uganda’s
dark political past to scare his people into backing him. The
atrocious reign of the barbaric dictator Idi Amin Dada, has made
Ugandans opt for anything as long as it comes along with peace.
Using such scares Museveni had managed to play with Ugandans’
psychology and continue ruling for 30 years. But a young
generation has emerged in Uganda quite unaware of Amin’s
bestialties. This lot wants genuine democracy, and an end to
police state that Uganda continues to be. Even the army is
divided and tired of Museveni’s dictatorial and selfish leadership.
Several senior and influential generals have left in a huff, as
Museveni attempts to turn the army into a family affair,
controlled by his son Muhoozi, the head of presidential guards
whom he wants to be president after him. One of the reasons
Museveni loved Uhuru Kenyatta is that he saw his son in that role
of Uhuru in his country. So he has remained a very close
confidant of the Kenyan president.
Museveni’s uncalled for adventure in South Sudan has further
divided his army, many of whose members have been killed in
that desolate country. Dozens of gunships have been destroyed
as well as equipment, while Ugandan people who saw South
Sudan as a business opening have been sorely disappointed.
They see the war as completely unnecessary and orchestrated by
Museveni and South Sudan Salva Kiir for purely egoistic reasons.
South Sudan’s is his personal war, and he has a gullible ally in
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President Salva Kiir Mayardit, a myopic and sectarian leader by all
standards. And so he has ruined his country, simply like that.
We should forget the fact that both Kiir and rebel Riak Machar are
responsible for atrocities in their country. If the French reasoned
like that, President Alassene Quattara would not have liberated
Ivory Coast and taken it to such new economic heights. The
source of all trouble in South Sudan is Kiir and Museveni in the
new agreement for peace Museveni was ordered to remove his
troops from Sudan in 45 days. At first he dithered, saying his
equipment in South Sudan is so lethal and elaborate it can only
be removed under cover of darkness. The United States has
always disappointed people when it comes to Uganda. Museveni
is very cunning, and will always draw them to his narrative. For
example it is surprising nobody is bothered that Uganda sent
troops and equipment to South Sudan in the first place. Nobody
has ascertained or cares to do how many of the troops are there?
And with America’s surveillance capacity nobody seems to make
sure this equipment that can only be removed at night is what!
Museveni has been known to change uniforms when the occasion
suits him. Shall we take care his soldiers do not just turn out in
South Sudan fatigues instead of leaving? No wonder Kiir Mayardit
has designed new ways of making himself relevant by creating
new regions of the country.
Principally, Museveni is responsible for the defiance solidarity and
coalition existing in East Africa, involving satellite states like
Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and of course South Sudan. Tanzania
felt too big and too mature to be roped into such a parochial
alliance, and Museveni duely took advantage of Kenya’s lame
duck leadership. The agenda of this alliance seems to be to
entrench impunity and sticking to power. In their dark schemes
they have managed to handsomely suck in South Africa. South
Africa is still immersed in the African natonalism ideology, and
they have smartly taken advantage of this to rope it in. So South
Sudan is being raped and South Africa, believing so much in
Museveni’s postulations, remains mum, with all the power they
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have leading the AU. Indeed, they lead in sending a thief to catch
a thief, having the effrontery to send Museveni into Burundi to
broker peace on democratic procedure. Everybody knows what
happened, as South Africa’s foreign policy is almost non-existent.
So pitiable, for a country which has benefitted so much from the
others’ foreign policy positions.
FREDERICK OWINO OYARO