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.
Organization for Progressive African Movement (O.P.A.M)
Education, Justice and Opportunity