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2016 is Here: Watch out for Colour Yellow

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One only has to hope that this wasn’t partly the reason for the fracas that we witnessed recently when the national Soccer team jersey was changed from yellow to red!

Colours are globally known official and unofficial political party representations.

Ironically, especially in Asian countries, yellow has come to be used to represent monarchies: for instance, in Thailand, yellow represents King Bhumibol, though amongst western democracies, it is most commonly associated with liberalism.

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Since the widely contested 2005 nation referendum which ushered in the political party dispensation, party colours have gradually poised to influence the way of life of many Ugandans.

This is supported by the role that yellow T-shirts played in the 2011 general elections, to the extent (according to some analysts) that in some parts of the country, the cost of one vote was reduced the price of one T-shirt.

Yellow in Uganda is adored, but certainly not by all. There are sections of the population who are literally sickened by the mention of the Y-word. –Some members of the other (opposition) parties and a significant proportion of the country’s middle class, that is.

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To this class, the colour has come to be associated not with jealousy, but with thuggery, poverty, corruption, impunity, coercion and all the ill that the NRM has over time been accused of.

At the mention of the colour, this group pictures several dozen youths prostrate before President Yoweri Museveni in Entebbe beseeching him to present himself for another term in office. The fifth.

They are also reminded of another bunch of stick wielding Hakuna Kulala Task Force Youths donning yellow T-shirts, matching around villages beating up people perceived of being FDC supporters.

There has been growing outcry of the manner in which the ruling party has dominated and personalized national institutions as well as public days like independence, Heroes Day, Women’s Day and others.

Kiggundu

In 2010, Electoral Commission boss Eng Badru Kiggundu raised eyebrows when he showed up at NRM’s Delegates Conference at Namboole Stadium.

Observers inevitably took this as a strong hint suggesting that he may be a fully fledged NRM supporter or even secret activist.

A year or two earlier, Kiggundu had appeared in Parliament alongside the country’s top politicians wearing a yellow neck tie; a fact that prompted FDC’s Dr. Besigye to take a swipe at him by saying “…I can see we are all wearing our party colours”.

In this pictorial, we bring you some of the yellow highlights of the recently concluded Heroes day celebrations held at Kikandwa Sub County in Mityana district.

Youths, school children UPDF officials men and women, shone bright in yellow. They sang their throats out, and chanted, ‘Taata Wuuyo’ (There comes our father) once the big man arrived at the venue.

Bearing in mind the meaning that party political colours have adopted in Uganda over the past decade, it would be unwise to expect any less frenzy as 2016 draws closer.

After all, hasn’t this site revealed not long ago, how Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi stockpiled a bulk of Yellow T-shirts worth 50million to be distributed in some parts of the country?!

Justine Mbabazi, a close relative of former Agriculture Minister, Hope Mwesigye, who is also rumoured an underground campaign team manager for the PM coordinates the T-shirt project.

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