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Prof Tandon to Museveni: hand over power to younger generation

President Museveni with Prof Yash Tandon

President Museveni with Prof Yash Tandon

President Yoweri Museveni should behave like a “Mwalimu” (teacher) by nurturing and handing over power to the younger generation within the next two years, Prof Yash Tandon has advised. 

Tandon is a member of famous and historical gang of four made up of influential academics including; Prof Edward Rugumayo, late Prof Omwony Ojok and Prof Dani Wadada Nabudere and were instrumental in establishing the Uganda National Liberation Front (UNLF).   

Prof Tandon has worked at different levels since the 1960s as an academic, teacher, political activist and thinker and is well versed with Uganda’s politics and political change.

Last week he launched his book titled “Common People’s Uganda” at Hotel Africana in Kampala. The book is a Marxist-socialist manifesto of sort that he presents to Uganda as a panacea to the current ills and misdirection.   

According to Tandon, Ugandans need a national dialogue uniting all political forces. He says the dialogue should structure a two-year transition government, through which, Museveni should prepare to hand over power to the young generation.   

"Have a national dialogue for two years where we have change of government. President Museveni, whom I hold in high esteem and is a good friend of mine, please, please mr president let the younger generation take over. Mr president be a teacher, be a mwalimu to the younger generation, and even I can join forces again and bring up a new generation with a new vision." Tandon said. 

Museveni, who has been in power since 1986, has sent out all indications that he is not about to hand over power. While launching the fourth phase of the national backbone infrastructure connectivity project in Koboko over the weekend, Museveni said because of the uniqueness of Africa's problems, leadership on the continent is for the chosen few and is not like food where everyone has to take a share. He said a 75-year-old leader like himself should never be pushed out of power if they still have a contribution to make to society. 

After amending the Constitution in 2017 to scrap the 75-year age limit cap, Museveni has since secured the endorsement of the central executive committee (CEC) of his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) as the sole party candidate ahead of the 2021 elections. He euphorically accepted the endorsement.

But Prof Tandon says time is up for Museveni although he urged Ugandans not look at Museveni as the chief enemy, saying the enemy is neo-liberalism summons by western institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organisation (WTO) among others, which have captured Uganda specifically and Africa in general.    

A united Uganda, he argues is what is needed to fight western imperialism. He also argues that political leaders should unite to broach a socialist vision that works for ordinary Ugandans. 

He further scolded Uganda’s opposition for the endless clashes within their ranks instead of combining forces. 

Comments

+2 #1 Webz 2019-05-13 07:56
His Excellency takes advice from none.

The rest of the Ugandans, according to him, have zero vision for Uganda. So Mr. Professor Tandon be careful as you deliver advice lest you get labeled as a saboteur.
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-3 #2 Wainanchi 2019-05-13 08:49
Tandon.Look into your pot, it is burning!!

Mind your own busienss and leave Uganda alone. Museveni is still young and by 90 has to go another 20 years.

Why should he resign when there is still lots of work to be dne.Besides, did not we have younger leaders like Idi Amin and what he as been doing and done.?

Or Milton Obote? Why change the horse which is winnig.?For your information Malaysia has again reelected DR MOHHAMED MAHATIR aged 92 to run big and strong nation of Malaysia!!!

Malaysia is much bigger I think and economic stronger than Uganda and Dr Mahatir was reelected to run this great nation because previous PM was corrupt and stole lots of money.

Or why Queenof England does not resign and leave to throne to Prince Charles?Professor , better watch your goat curry not to burn and do not put to much chilles!!!

You old fool!!!!!!!Do not poke your nose in things you do not understand.Being professor doesnot mean that you are so wise to give advice!!
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0 #3 Jinolasan 2019-05-13 08:55
In case Ssabalwanyi doesn't need to the numerous advice given to him, then we shall pray that His maker calls him soon.
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+1 #4 Zaitun 2019-05-13 09:36
"... he urged Ugandans not look at Museveni as the chief enemy."
No Prof. Not a single Ugandan has made Museveni an enemy, but is his own victim.

Look at how he has treated Ugandans over all these 3 decades. Not only has he become drunk with power, but a real brute in all aspects of life.

It is useless telling us to go for dialogue with a man who humiliated former Kenyan President, Mr Daniel Arap Moi in 1985 when he chaired a dialogue between General Tito Okello Military junta and Museveni guerilla group. If he was a man who listens, Uganda would not be where we re today.

FMI, World Bank and WTO can not be accused for our ills. They are not the ones who sold government properties to cousins, brother-in-laws, friends.

Marxist-socialist ideologies can not pull out Uganda from the destruction caused by Museveni and his cronies.
He simply has to leave, and that is what we want.
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+1 #5 Wante Martino 2019-05-13 10:05
Yap, the Gang of Four as they were called then, spot on Tandon, Time is up for Sevo to let another generation take the wheel!
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+1 #6 Lakwena 2019-05-13 10:25
In other words, because he is thug and it takes the advise of another elder (Prof. Tandon); Mr. M7 is not a wise man, who should never have become the president of is country.
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+2 #7 kabayekka 2019-05-13 13:12
This is an NRM cadre like Dr Besigye who helped to bring this President to come and lead this country.

They messed up the rule of Lule, Binaisa, Muwanga, and Tito Okello so that they can bring in their man. One wants to hear if their hero will take their good advice now 39 years on.
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0 #8 Odongkara 2019-05-13 16:14
Serious talk and for a moment forget the noise from the bazukulu but an elder advising another elder, who is wiser here, the one advising or the one given the advise?

Your guess is as good as mine - the idiot who enjoys the company of leopards!
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+1 #9 Lysol 2019-05-13 21:10
. he urged Ugandans not look at Museveni as the chief enemy. "quoting Zaitun"

I met the so-called prof and the gang of 4s at some point when Museveni had just shot his way to grab power with his child soldiers (kadogos),

Tandon was the less impressive, lackluster and too boring of all of them. Museveni should just flash his "money" at him to shut the f*** up.

He screwed one Obote up. Not to mention one Lule and Binais; with his commy ideology which has been tried before and failed miserably.
The future of Uganda now belongs to the new generations
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