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Dismantling the unfolding false debate on ‘succession’

Over the next two or so weeks, we intend to vigorously interrogate and dispose of a false debate which is being pushed in the media by narrow circles amongst the intelligentsia, about the future of the country.

This false debate is constructed around what is euphemistically referred to as “succession”.  We shall address that false debate in two articles before returning to other matters.

Today, it is, however, necessary to deal with some related business.  Ofwono Opondo has an article running in this week’s Sunday Vision titled “NRM cadres should learn to be honest”, whose focus is Odrek Rwabwogo’s (in Ofwono’s words) “censure in sections of the tabloid media for daring to question and propose the political and policy paradigm of the National Resistance Movement (NRM)”.

Now, while the title to Ofwono’s piece talks about “cadres” in the plural, it is only David Mafabi whose name he mentions, and whose views he extensively quotes, nay, misquotes.

And, following from this, one could be excused for thinking for a fleeting moment that, according to Ofwono, David Mafabi is sections of the tabloid media!

It is also extremely puzzling that elements that we never mentioned at all, like Rwabwogo’s family, are juxtaposed by Ofwono, with other supposed Mafabi views.

In this, Ofwono was reflecting suspiciously similar, almost verbatim, other commentary sprinkled all over the place - speaking about the “gagging of Rwabwogo”, in the same breath with the “arrogance of Mafabi”, etc.

All this is well. Except this is not the thorough and precise Ofwono we know. The Ofwono we know is not wont to make sweeping, much generalized, grossly inaccurate and extremely misleading observations.

We are now, in fact, persuaded to believe that Ofwono never read our two articles disagreeing with Rwabwogo, nor the two articles by Rwabwogo which we disagreed with. If he actually looked at them, it must have been a cursory glance.

We invite Ofwono and allied commentators to look critically at these three quotations from Rwabwogo’s New Vision article of February 13, 2017. What is the correct position to take regarding them?

“Unlike Singapore, Uganda (1986), Rwanda (1994) and Ethiopia (1991) perhaps provide a good case study in how strongmen in various ways first grew then progressively retarded and in some cases replaced and eventually became the very institutions they meant to build”.

“Ironically, these strongmen too have fallen prey to the Diisi disease of holding too many things in one hand … tend to have a large appetite for weighing in on every issue small or big before it can be resolved … they have become fossilized and institutionalized in such a manner that constitutions have to be adjusted for them …”

“This is why there is need to force internal party democracy in order to carry out the stalled but much-needed second generational reforms in the economy and governance …”

Odrek Rwabwogo, “Are strongmen a hindrance or facilitator to institutional growth, successful political transition”, New Vision, 13th February 2017.

Ofwono would be well advised not to needlessly lambast David Mafabi. He should instead speak to Odrek Rwabwogo, and ask him two questions. First, whether the New Vision version of his article is accurate. Second, whether he actually stands by those positions. At this point, Ofwono should read our views more carefully, before dismissing them out of hand.

Then, Ofwono incredibly suggests that David Mafabi could be one of those opposed to critical and principled thought within the Movement, and about the country!

Simply amazing!

Except, in all this, we have insisted very politely but very firmly (arrogance?), that democracy must move hand in hand with discipline. Similarly, for the cadre, there are matters that must first be addressed internally in the Movement, before the wider Ugandan community is engaged.

Long-serving cadres of the Movement are of necessity bound to observe this more than the ordinary member. To open up meaningful and useful discussion outside must be consequent upon internal harmonization. To move in any other manner is to promote mindless confusion.

Let us conclude by again making mention of the false debate, which shall be the focus of our next two articles.

Why “false”? Because the pushers are promoting a non-existent problem: that there is a crisis of “succession” in the country; that there is a new, more youthful generation that must take charge so that the “economic and governance problems” of the country are resolved. As we shall demonstrate, these are patently false constructs.

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The author is a private secretary, political affairs in State House.

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0 #1 Akot 2017-03-17 18:43
{Dismantling the unfolding false debate on ‘succession’}

After Museveni, the only successor will be another Rwandese: they will never allow any Ugandan to lead!

Museveni did not conquer Uganda only to give it back to Ugandans, he is not stupid!

Ugandans can take back their country through UNITY & this, Ugandans have make clear, will never happen!

Why is Museveni not brave enough & be a real man by "reforming the Republic of Uganda & getting rid of tribal leaders' posts" he does not need any more!

More so this will make Museveni a real president of Uganda & not the coward tribal landless in need of tribal leaders to keep Ugandans tribally divided!

Do we still remember Rwenzururu?

Which other tribal leader would dare Museveni if he Reforms the Republic of Uganda & give us some decency?
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+1 #2 Lysol 2017-03-18 00:27
Quoting Akot:
{Dismantling the unfolding false debate on ‘succession’}

After Museveni, the only successor will be another Rwandese: they will never allow any Ugandan to lead!

Museveni did not conquer Uganda only to give it back to Ugandans, he is not stupid!

Ugandans can take back their country through UNITY & this, Ugandans have make clear, will never happen!

Why is Museveni not brave enough & be a real man by "reforming the Republic of Uganda & getting rid of tribal leaders' posts" he does not need any more!

More so this will make Museveni a real president of Uganda & not the coward tribal landless in need of tribal leaders to keep Ugandans tribally divided!

Do we still remember Rwenzururu?

Which other tribal leader would dare Museveni if he Reforms the Republic of Uganda & give us some decency?


Post Yoweri Uganda will be up for grabs by any other more organized group or individuals.
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+1 #3 Lakwena 2017-03-18 16:55
In other words, David Mafabi is an honest man, who must lie and defend the indefensible, in order to put food on the table.
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0 #4 Akot 2017-03-18 20:43
Quoting Lysol:


Post Yoweri Uganda will be up for grabs by any other more organized group or individuals.



Thanks!
This makes me think of what Kato said:

[Ugandans are greedy, selfish, tribalistic, mediocres and what have you. they will never unite. and M7 has used the status quo to his advantage to rule his kingdom for ever!

very few countries can allow a leader to abuse them the way its in Uganda]

So any thug with worse ideas than Museveni will be the next ruler of Uganda! This can only be another migrant as Ugandans won't accept just 1 of their own to lead them!

No people other than Ugandans can allow this abuse & just go along with it!
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