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Museveni’s successor will start from zero

What’s the excitement about Uganda’s plans to mine oil, and why the shock that more than a trillion shillings already made from oil-related activities can’t be traced or that a small crumb of Shs 6bn has been given to already stinking rich bureaucrats?

Who is sure this oil belongs to Uganda? But hold on a bit; if bananas, coffee and plantation trees are being lost to various diseases, how sure are you that the oil along Lake Albert will reach the Indian Ocean coast? Or that the proceeds will reach the state treasury?

Some 15,000 traders dispossessed at Park Yard market; is that the largest number that can be dispossessed by greedy individuals and colluding state institutions?

No, stand warned: even bigger numbers, in rural and urban areas, will be dispossessed, and those who try to resist will lose their lives alongside the offenders. Who will care anymore that several tens died in a standoff at a king’s palace that got razed down?

What will you do when beyond the hype about Operation Wealth Creation, you notice that it’s working at less than 50 per cent efficiency, and that famine has come to stay longer?

What if all these are just the beginnings; like the first trials in any learning or training, or dress rehearsal for any drama competition? Selfish and inconsequential noisemakers may swarm radios, televisions, social media and newspapers to massage their egos and have their day; but alas, it’s all vanity and futility!

Which brings me to a magazine I read in 1994 saying Uganda’s greatest wealth would not come from any crop or mineral. I traced the editor, a Muganda who had lived in USA, and he told me that for some centuries, some visionaries in Buganda had talked of a treasure that would suddenly appear when the economy is down on its knees and there is political turmoil following factionalist wars among greedy princes and immoral princesses.

The man said although many crops would be suffering pestilence, the new treasure would rapidly put Uganda among the most respected and influential nations as much of the world would be in similar suffering and confusion. But first, Uganda would have to suffer a heavy fall with a thud, a sinking to the seabed, huh!

What will you do when the stark reality looks into your eyes and dictates that the ‘ninth king’ will rule you for decades, using money and weapons, but at long last not be succeeded by anyone that is of his resemblance?

Believe it or not, Uganda’s ninth presidency, Yoweri Museveni’s, will never be succeeded by a soldier, a member of his extended family or a politician. So, the likes of Kizza Besigye, Mugisha Muntu, Janet Kataaha, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, etc who are being speculated that they can make a change or continue in the footsteps could be already excluded.

Museveni is going to encircle and defeat all the so-called political opposition with money, weapons and psychological sabotage, becoming the ultimate bull in the kraal. But the demise of Museveni at a time when money and weapons are worshipped like gods will also mean the demise of those two idolatries.

Should a motion for lifting the presidential age limit come up, it will go through with ease because the country’s leadership and national psyche have already been sedated. In the meantime, the clergy, educationalists and investors may enjoy the feast as they further sedate, immunize and milk the grieving masses.

Those seeking salvation or education will bleed further as the country takes up more loans, crucial budgets get cut and social services take a nose dive due to corruption.

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The author is a journalist in Kampala.

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+2 #1 Lakwena 2017-03-20 16:34
In other words, we are doomed. So be it.
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+1 #2 Atiku Oguda 2017-03-21 13:53
A very macabre description of the situation but when one looks at the stars, surely, the gods of the underworld are awaiting Uganda.

May be from the ashes of the underworld a new Uganda might rise like the legendary phoenix. That is the only hope.
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+1 #3 Akot 2017-03-21 19:25
Quoting Lakwena:
In other words, we are doomed. So be it.


This is real surrender & why?!

Does any tribal land holding riches or not, belong to Museveni?

Yet, what's going on with oil money is normal in a situation where a people prefer staying tribally divided, even when not l tribe has control of their tribal land & riches it contains!

Everything belongs to Museveni who has no tribal land in Uganda & Ugandans have no say!

Are Acholi that were excluded-killed-confined in refugee camps... not also waiting for the dictator to administer thier land riches & give them coins?

Which tribal leader has balls to speak out?
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0 #4 Akot 2017-03-21 19:35
Atiku Oguda, agreed, yet,

This is a dream that will never see light as long as Ugandans consider themselves their own enemies & stay put maintaining the tribalistic system of rule Museveni put in place to make sure he is there for good!

Only Unity of Ugandans can put an end to Museveni & give chance to Reformation of the Republic or Tribal States where each tribe will manage their own affairs & deal with the others as foreign sovereign states respecting-doing busisness.. with one another!

Yet, as Ugandans prefer staying tribally divided, Museveni can also Reform the Republic & just go on, but this time, developed countries doing business with him in silence... will do so openly/loudly & their Embassies will start showing the world they are open in Uganda & have been so all this time!
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0 #5 Akot 2017-03-21 19:39
[even bigger numbers, in rural and urban areas, will be dispossessed, and those who try to resist will lose their lives alongside the offenders. Who will care anymore that several tens died in a standoff at a king’s palace that got razed down?]

Have those thrown out from their homes in oil rich Western Region not good e.g already?
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0 #6 Akot 2017-03-21 19:45
{Selfish and inconsequential noisemakers may swarm radios, televisions, social media and newspapers to massage their egos and have their day; but alas, it’s all vanity and futility!}

But,
Have we not been crying out on this forum for + 6 years & have changed nothing?

Would this be so if Ugandans come out to make their voices heard & block block Museveni from completing conquest of our country & throw us out completely?

I wonder what Museveni has reserved for tribal leaders because he does not need them any more, even when these are not yet aware of it!
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0 #7 Akot 2017-03-21 19:56
Museveni is going to encircle and defeat all the so-called political opposition with money, weapons and psychological sabotage, becoming the ultimate bull in the kraal. But the demise of Museveni at a time when money and weapons are worshipped like gods will also mean the demise of those two idolatries.

Agreed, yet,

Museveni is already the only bull in the kraal & is continuing to buy off Ugandans-scare them off... as long as we stay tribally divided & in no position to fight back!

What is the use of belonging to a tribe today when ALL will lose to Museveni?

Yet, through Unity Now, Museveni will be out & Ugandans could do what they want: Republic or Tribal States!

Every next step Museveni takes is calculated, yet all the dictator's dream-plan... can be brought to halt through Unity with just 1 Ugandan leading to give chance to what ever we want after!
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0 #8 Akot 2017-03-21 20:00
{In the meantime, the clergy, educationalists and investors may enjoy the feast as they further sedate, immunize and milk the grieving masses.}

Unless the forgotten: the poorly payed workers-illiterate-poor... rise up to fight for their rights & throw the elites out, as French... did!
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+2 #9 Lysol 2017-03-21 20:54
The successor will have to repeal and replace, in case of a peaceful transfer of power.

Other wise it will be demolish and rebuild, which will not be good thing for the country. Remember Museveni will not hand over power peacefully, unless he is completely cornered.
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+1 #10 Ndizeye 2017-03-22 09:02
The problem is not our President but you Ugandans.

Lazily sitting on your hands and moaning your lives away adding no value at all. Keep speculating till you succumb.
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