Transition Post: Victory to Kyagulanyi Ssentamu

Greetings Comrades,

In this brief, we seek to examine what the recent victory of R.
Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka H.E Bobi Wine for the position of Honorable MP
Kyadondo East – Wakiso District signifies and the disruptive impact it
bears on electoral politics in Uganda.

Foremost is that this confessed bad boy Bobi Wine a chronic user of
cannabis – marijuana, self-propelled and locally acclaimed
Ragga/Reggae music star and self-styled president of the fictional
ghetto republic – Uganja, was the least likely of contenders for the
position of an “honorable” MP. It should however be noted that though
it is through such acclaim that he rose to fame and popularity, over
the last few years he had taken on a new image as a modest, sociable,
citizen conscious community advocate and more importantly a dedicated
family man to his young family – a wife and 3 children.

To many impressionable young people, particularly at a time where
corruption and the corrupt are celebrated, this make over from the
street wise excellency bad boy to now honorable MP, strongly signifies
that change is possible, it must be proactively pursued, it requires
transformed attitude, leadership is a service to the people to whom
power belongs to freely determine who leads them and that this now
sets a historic stage for even greater changes depending on how we
choose to capitalize on it.

Also critical to note is the disruptive impact that his victory bears
on electoral politics in Uganda notably; individual merit with due
regard overrides assumed party affiliation, political parties and
their leaders position are disconnected from the peoples aspirations
(even their own membership), money for vote buying and the grandeur of
an election campaign can go so far in ensuring victory against less
resourced progressive forces, leadership can emerge from the least
expected, there are new deviant themes, spaces, contexts and
narratives of power being explored and engaged by the young
generation, and there are arising other centers of influence at the
peripheral steadily defying the dominant traditional central
government. This needs to be carefully watched and propagated.

The O.P.A.M congratulates the people of Kyadondo East for showing
their strong determination in upholding the power of the people.

Below is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s latest hit in bid for leadership.
#BikwaseKyagulanyi…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc8iVnG4rm0

KASOZI MULINDWA
Organization for Progressive African Movement (O.P.A.M)
Contact: 0784618852
kasozimulindwa@gmaill.com
Education, Justice and Opportunity

Transition Post: Hon MP Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Speaking Truth to Power.

Greetings Comrades,

Uncharacteristic of this brief, this week we feature Hon MP Kyagulanyi
Ssentamu’s response to HE.YKM7 on the presidents article of 10th July,
2017 on the recent by-elections.
When the children have learnt to wash their hands, they too can join
the servings prepared for the elders (So the African saying goes)

Here Kyagulanyi makes an effort to speak truth to power and calls the
authorities that be to attention regarding the emerging realities of
our changing society.
In his words, he says this of the recent peoples victory, ” A tired
people using whatever tool with in their power to express their
discontent….As it has been put before, it’s time to focus not on the
NEXT GENERAL-ELECTION but rather on the NEXT GENERATION.” – Hon MP
Kyagulanyi Ssentamu

KASOZI MULINDWA
Organization for Progressive African Movement (O.P.A.M)
Contact: 0784618852
kasozimulindwa@gmaill.com
Education, Justice and Opportunity

RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT MUSEVENI’S ARTICLE ON THE RECENT BY-ELECTIONS.
“”””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””
Mr. President, I have read your article dated 10th July, 2017 on the
recent by-elections. I thank you for congratulating me on my victory
in the Kyadondo East polls. For emphasis, it is not me who won but
rather the ideas which I presented to the electorate. It was
especially a victory of a people determined to get involved in how
they are governed.
While I agree with some aspects of your article, I don’t agree with
many of the conclusions you draw. For example, I agree that
unemployment, corruption, increased levels of crime and leaders not
connecting with the population are serious issues. These are not mere
gaps but are grave questions of national importance which must be
addressed. I am constrained to respond to some of your points, mainly
three.

Firstly Mr. President, you castigate the media for covering our
campaigns very widely and accuse them of not being happy when the NRM
wins by-elections. In this regard you single out the New Vision.
Anyone who has been to Uganda or who has followed our politics knows
that this is not an accurate analysis. Rather than focus on the recent
by-election, it is better for one to consider our electioneering
process and politics in general. It is on record that due to direct
and indirect pressure from the government, in most cases media
coverage favours the NRM. Only last year, the European Union
Observation Mission said this of the 2016 elections; “…the overall
reporting environment was conducive to self-censorship and yielded
coverage overwhelmingly in favour of the incumbent and the NRM. Thus,
despite the fact that more than 300 media outlets operate in Uganda,
the variety of information available across the media landscape was
constrained, limiting voters’ ability to make an informed choice.”
On its part, the Supreme Court while noting that this issue has been
recurrent, held that state owned media failed to give balanced
coverage to all presidential candidates as required by law.
Therefore, despite the progress made with regards to media freedom,
the NRM gets more coverage on a daily.
What happened in Kyadondo East was not a reflection that the media had
been ‘freed’. It was partly because of the extra ordinary nature of
that election that print and digital, local and international media
widely covered it. Our campaign inspired the people, even beyond the
constituency, because we correctly diagnosed the problems of our
society, understood people’s frustrations and identified with their
struggles.

In the process we were able to effectively suggest practical solutions
to improve the conditions of our people. Although you would have
wished to see the NRM and its candidate dominate headlines, the media
should be balanced while reflecting the wishes and aspirations of the
people, which is what our campaign offered. The press could not be
expected to headline stale ideas which people had rejected. I
therefore applaud them for rejecting intimidation and other
machinations to fulfil their duty to society.

Secondly, Mr. President, in your article, you talk about the question
of ideology versus biology and the role of youth in politics.
In sum, your argument is that the solution to society’s problems lies
in ideas and not in the physical/ biological state of the actors. This
is indeed true but my point of departure lies in so far as you seem to
think that the present young people lack in ideology. You seem to
suggest that the NRA/M ideology is superior and forget that as society
evolves better ideas crop up and they should be given opportunity to
flourish.

Even then, the NRM hasn’t fared very well with what you identify as
the core principles of your ideology- patriotism, Pan-Africanism,
social-economic metamorphosis and democracy. Many would agree that
these are noble ideals, the problem being that the NRM prefers to
constantly talk and sing about them and not practice them. Had you
fully implemented them no doubt our society would be much better.

You have laboured to point out leaders who rose to positions of
responsibility in their youthful years and did great harm to society.
You give examples of Ssekabaka Mwanga, Ssekabaka Mutesa II, Obote,
Ibingira, Amin and John Kakonge. I definitely DISAGREE on your
conclusion here.
As a student of Uganda’s constitutional history, I know that the
crises our society went through in the past years were caused by many
factors beyond the leaders of the times. Because of constraints in
time and space I will not discuss them here.
However, while it is true that correct ideology overrides biology, the
biggest question is ‘WHAT IDEOLOGY?’ You rightly point out that the
electorate is losing interest in issues of identity of religion or
tribes as basis for electing leaders. Again, rather than look at it as
an achievement of your government, I think of it more as a natural
result of our population demographics and their struggles. Our society
is more blended today as a result of intermarriages between people
from different backgrounds(I am an example). You note that 78% of our
population comprises of youth. Many of them are unemployed or
underemployed. The hustle for them is real. They have to make ends
meet and are definitely uninterested in chauvinism of any kind. I do
not want to say that you do not fully understand this but it is rather
troubling how you choose to downplay it.

Our society has moved on and new issues are emerging. The generation
of the 1960s and 1970s had to respond to challenges of that time and
we are grateful to those of you who rose to the occasion and played a
role. However, the challenges of our time require a new kind of
ideology and approach.
We are talking about a generation where technology is evolving at a
terrific speed. A generation which must struggle with the effects of
climate change! Today’s generation has to deal with complex issues in
science and technology. Young Africans must find out what economic
models work best for their times and work hard to improve the living
conditions of our people.

As someone who has interacted with so many of these young Ugandans, I
know that they have great ideas on how to get there or at least have
some idea which simply needs an enabling environment for it to
blossom. I do not think that Ugandan youth or Africans generally have
a gene for slowness or stupidity.
As someone who has led an African country for over three decades, you
might be better placed to explain why youth on other continents are
inventing and innovating useful products every day, for which we pay a
lot of money.
Part of the problem has been that the NRM views money as the solution
to everything in itself. Only God knows how many funds you have put in
place for innovation, prosperity, etc. only for them to fail flat. In
any case most of that money is lost through corruption.
We must rethink our education system. Those UPE and USE schools might
not help the situation in their current state.
Now, almost all these young people were born when you were President
and they unfortunately have to put up with a system which tries to
respond to challenges of the 21st century using the approaches of the
20th century! Their ideas are viewed as disruptive and discomforting.
They are not understood by the leaders most of whom are out of touch
with the world reality.
This is why we have been saying that the government is not in touch
with the people who they claim to work for. For example, every day I
interact with those ‘slum dweller’ youth you talk about. (I prefer to
call them GHETTO YOUTH).

Despite lack of advanced education for most of them, these are people
with great ideas. They have ideas for innovation and transformation.
They have a proper ideology!
But they have been left out completely.
No one listens to them. In supporting me massively, those people were
just yearning for a microphone (obwogelero/obugambiro) so that they
could also be heard.
They could no longer afford to see government only through its
officials who drive through the ghetto in their expensive, guarded
vehicles with tinted glasses, moreover paid for by tax payers.
They need a leadership which works for them.

My humble view Mr. President is that those who govern us today should
first of all appreciate the fact that the TIMES HAVE CHANGED and
involve young people in making decisions for their country.
This ‘lack of proper ideology argument’ has been used far too long to
keep them outside.

This is a contradiction given that in the initial years of your
government, most people in leadership were just over 30 years of age.
Key government positions were occupied by young men and women who in
their prime were able to do a lot of good things for the country.
Most Ugandans would find it unbelievable that at only 36 Suleiman
Kuggundu (RIP) was Governor Bank of Uganda, Gen. Mugisha Muntu was
Army Commander at 31, Dr. Kiiza Besigye was deputy minister for
internal affairs and national political commissar at 30, Dr. Crispus
Kiyonga was minister for finance at 34, etc.
I am mindful of the contribution of those who were slightly older and
society needs both the old and the young.
Elders are capable of providing wise counsel. However, younger people
with vigour and fresh ideas should be given opportunity to take the
lead. Therefore rest assured that many young Ugandans are able and in
fact ready to steer their country forward.
It would be better if they are given the opportunity, PEACEFULLY, and
without requiring the country to go through turmoil whenever one
generation has to pave way for another.
It is for this reason that I join most Ugandans to request that you
stick to your promise and not tamper with the Constitution to remove
the age-limit provision for presidency. The country will be grateful
for your service when you retire peacefully and let a new breed of
leaders with generation-relevant skills and ideas take charge of the
affairs of our mother land.

I might understand that your frustration with the generation is born
out of the nature of leaders you mostly interact with. Our society is
unfortunately dominated by two kinds of leaders.
The first category is the hardliners whose stance is that everything
about Uganda is wrong. I do not subscribe to that notion because in
seeking a way forward for a better country, we must be willing to talk
to each other, being aware that all of us have our failings.
The other category are those leaders who come to you only for monetary
favours, whether they belong to the ruling NRM or the opposition.
As a result, many politicians are viewed as buyable and unprincipled.

Uganda today does not need these two kinds of leaders. It simply needs
principled leaders who engage with respect for each other and only for
the good of the country and not for their own benefit. There are very
many such Ugandans. We should only give them opportunity.

Finally on the question of our supporters heckling you at Zirobwe Road
junction, I hope you are aware of the events of that day. Whereas I do
not condone violence or bad politics, many times our people are
provoked by state agencies.
On that day my supporters were charged because we were supposed to
hold our rally in Kasangati and the police decided to unlawfully block
me from holding it there because you were expected in the area.

That said, Mr. President, you must also note that some of this conduct
comes out of deep seated frustration and anger by the people about how
they are governed. A powerless, suppressed people may heckle a Head of
State simply because that’s the only opportunity they ever got to have
their leader listen to them since the government is very far from
them.

Many years ago you justified your going to the bush thus, “If you have
a government which has closed off all other channels of peaceful
change, what else could we do, except to surrender, to resign
ourselves to slavery? And we couldn’t do that as long as people were
willing to fight.”
I think that is the message you should read in those people who
heckled you. Today they have no guns but many feel as oppressed as you
felt in 1981. A tired people using whatever tool with in their power
to express their discontent.
Hopefully we can rethink these things and all of us strive to build a better country.
As it has been put before, it’s time to focus not on the NEXT GENERAL-ELECTION but rather on the NEXT GENERATION.

Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert-Bobi Wine, MP- Kyadondo East

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TRANSITION POST:Responding to NRM’s irrationality on 30 years of power

In his article in the daily monitor 22nd August 2016, Lt. Col Shaban Bantariza a deputy head of the Uganda Media Center made a convincing case for the 30 years of NRM (read as Non Rather than Museveni) leadership.
First of all this is not new coming from Bantariza in fact it is to be expected, he is a man of his own consequence (permit us not to engage in that). But what this tells us is that not much transformative contribution can arise from this old lot any more except more of their recycled propaganda. They however continue to rationalize their continued stay in power and resist contemporary approaches of how our society can evolve beyond the NRM epoch.

Bantariza argues that irrespective of the inherited social, economic, security and political history of Uganda, with regard to change, time (length of stay in power) should not be the principle factor in determining society’s journey but other factors, of which he mentions economic infrastructure, social infrastructure… (Still in his characteristic style he makes a convincing account of these well coined concepts).

He goes ahead to identify the failure of Ugandans to see commonality of nation vision…a lack of a commonality of our journey to social economic transformation as the problem and further raises the 3 overly propagandized questions among others; 1) Where are we coming from? 2) Where are we at? 3) Where are we going?

Anyone who has been through the NRM monopolized cardership training at National Leadership Institute (NALI) Kyankwanzi will confirm that these questions have adequately been answered by the NRM from their historical perspective, one that has been shown over the years to be centered on the pre-eminence of the NRM, the indomitable personality of the president and the subsequent need for continued stay in power.

With such a highly skewed (sectarian, partisan…) historical narrative, constructed purposefully to sustain the current NRM power structure, what commonality of national vision or commonality of our journey can be expected? An NRM commonality at most sustained by military might. Unfortunately Africa’s history is strewn with examples of how devastating such political constructions ended which we do not want to repeat.

While it is agreeable that commonality be based on economic and social considerations; time (length of stay in power) is a crucial matter; any leadership must be brought to account for its contribution to identified national interests within a clearly specified period of time than to be left to reign in perpetuity.
This will allow for a buildup of a balanced account of a common history and the regeneration of society through new, innovative, transformative…approaches that emerge during the course of time away from the prevailing need to consolidate power for the incumbent at all cost

What should be acknowledged is that H.E M7 led NRM has brought us to this realization after 30 years beyond this it will only be stalling our society’s evolution no matter the rationalization.

KASOZI MULINDWA
Organization for Progressive African Movement (O.P.A.M)
Contact: 0784618852
kasozimulindwa@gmaill.com
Education, Justice and Opportunity

Ebikolimo bya Sitella

Ebikolimo bya Sitella

images - Stella Nyanzi

Ebikolimo bye nkoko tebiita kamunye, naye ebya Sitella, kabulakata bi giite!
Eee ngamba onno Sitella omukugu… kugu kugu.

Lwali olwo nga abulganda mbalabila nalongo,
Yawaza waza nga bulijjo ku kasozi kabayivu e Makerere emilimu jje atelle akole
Nga nanti bwati munno mwajja ako akatinni tinni abalongo nabalala awaka ke bayiita ekyokulya.

Kikikino! Kikikino kyendebba! Kufullo kukikubo ekigenda mu bibiina, langi ya…kubisenga alanda
Bwadda enno bwadda eli (*2)…olwo bwe yeyogereza
Kulunno agya kundabba(*2)…Mamdani yatankudde baffu… Kulunno agya kundabba!

Ngo olwo olunabba lubadde, abasoomi bakunganye nga ne polisi kwotadde
Owaye kakana tuteesa nga abayivu
Neda, Neda, Mnmn! Mnmn!…
Polisi ya Uganda temanyi munaku, polisi ya Uganda teyamba baavu
Nze mundeke ndi mukazi munaku

Bwadda enno, bwadda eli(*2)…olwo bwe yeyogereza
Ako akasajja kajozi, Mamdani kasajja kajozi nyo!
Naye Nze nalongo tekajya kundetako jjogo lyako

Namulengerera eli, olwo yeyambudde, nga gamulengegya anga a gembwa…Amabbere…
ade enno bwadda eli, bwadda enno bwadda eli
Atte njakubajilamu na kapale kange!
Ako akasajja kajozi, Mamdani kasajja kajozi nyo!
Naye Nze nalongo tekajya kundetako jjogo lyako era nkalaze obukunya okufungula ejjogo elyo

Oluyombo lwa Sitella ne Mamdani (akasajja ako!) luwanvu nyo
Ojja kusomesa…! sijja kusomesa!
Ojja kusomesa nno…! Sijja kubisomesa yo!
Ohhh…Oh…!
Era naleka Sitela yewera nkolokoto
Nange kalutotola kye nalabako kye kyo

Ebikolimo bye nkoko tebiita kamunye, naye ebya Sitella, kabulakata bi giite!

Re-imagining Uganda beyond Museveni

As part of the feedback from our last brief, some comrades who choose to be less concerned with the cause for transition as we have over time endeavored to explain it, described our regular briefs as empty efforts of dreamers (or of a dreamer in particular reference to me – KASOZI MULINDWA).
Our simple reply (or as they may, my reply though I had chosen “our” since what is sought with these briefs is collective effort) to this denigration is that it simply shows a total lack of imagination of a future Uganda and generally of an Africa rising on their part.

As we shall from now more determinedly and more resolutely continue to demonstrate through the briefs; the remedy to the mess that African people have gone through, been conditioned to and now experience as norm requires a complete discursive re-imagination of our history, our interaction with the imperial west and what we have become consciously and unconsciously through different historical experiences – this re-imagination is what ultimately shall define the cause and course of a transition.

The simple question since we begun engaging in these exchanges has always been whether the removal of President M7 can bring about this transition. The simple answer is yes…partly, but more imaginatively is the removal of what he has now begun to represent/symbolize – a M7’s Uganda – as was a Habyarimana’s Rwanda, a Mobutu’s Zaire, a Mubarak’s Egypt, a Gadafi’s Libya, and even presently a Biya’s Cameroon, a Dos Santos’ Angola and a Mugabe’s Zimbabwe – who obviously failed to (have failed to) /refused to (have refused to) conceive their countries progress beyond their personified claims to power.

The increasing realization from these different (and yes even given their varied historical experiences) examples of African leaders was their failure to recognize that they had (have) reached a threshold of their contribution and had (must) of necessity to give way to a more progressive stage in the respective nation building processes of their countries.
As such, unfortunately for some of the examples above, transition has had to be necessarily catastrophic mostly because of the lack of re- imagination of the status quo on the part of the citizenry but deliberately more so on the part of the opportunistic leadership that rather chooses to indulge in the excesses of holding on to power – a sort of personification of history – rather than allowing a continuous evolution of the possibilities of what can arise beyond their narcissistic claims to power.

Irrespective of all this, there is always the inevitable natural demand for change which generates an unavoidable violent tension that yet another opportunistic section of society is always ready to take advantage of to also impress their sub national interests on the rest of society – which explains the vicious cycles of backwardness we find ourselves in. These cycles can be broken.

For Uganda to further progress, we must begin to re-imagine a Uganda after H.E M7 and the old tendencies of the conservative African leaders’ claims to power by envisioning the numerous possibilities that can emerge from new leadership.

KASOZI MULINDWA
Organization for Progressive African Movement (O.P.A.M)
Contact: 0784618852
kasozimulindwa@gmaill.com
Education, Justice and Opportunity

World warned: Prepare for more Ebola-like outbreaks

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/world-warned-prepare-for-more-ebolalike-outbreaks-10157494.html

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has claimed nearly 10,500 lives in little over a year, is believed to have originated in fruit bats(?) – and Dr Nabarro believes it is not the only disease that could transfer and spread. “I’ve been dealing with influenzas and Sars and Mers, they are a tip of the iceberg,” he said.

“There will be more: one, because people are moving around more; two, because the contact between humans and the wild is on the increase; and maybe because of climate change. The worry we always have is that there will be a really infectious and beastly bug that comes along.” Some experts suspect that population pressure and deforestation in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, which has brought people into closer contact with the wild-animal hosts of numerous viruses – combined with changes to rainfall patterns that affected the numbers and…

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