By: Boaz Byayesu
Recently, as I was reading these two gentlemen’s pieces in the Ugandan Newspapers including Prof. Kanyeihamba’s relevant bold critique, the no nonsense controversial professor with a sharp tongue and unparalleled intellect. As i tried to read their minds and intentions especially Mr. Mafabi’s but in futility, I breathed a sigh of the opposite of relief. Some intelligent Ugandans can help me here.
Although I may not know Mr. Rwabwogo’s heartfelt agenda in his political pursuits embedded in his well-crafted ideological literature and intellectual handiwork, who cares? As if he cares about mine!
I have to give him some credit he deserves because the man has the nerve to mention what many see but lack the guts to say it.
Secondly, Odrek raises his ideas and concerns with a sense of civility and honesty as he humbly respects other people’s opinions, and invites all to join the conversation and participate in the common market of ideas for our country. Is it a bad thing?
But most importantly, he is addressing some policy issues pertaining to the common concerns aimed at correcting some mistakes and making our country a better place to live in, and a better nation for the future generation.
As for Mr. Mafabi, I really failed to understand what derived his intention of abstract argument and sort of arrogant approach to the issues that Rwabwogo raised over the indefensible fact that there are some cracks or loopholes as regards the NRM internal democracy.
I was only left to guess what Mafabi’s intention could have been.
Mr. Mafabi claims that there is enough internal democracy in the NRM. Granted! What is the meaning of enough when it comes to leadership?
Can leadership be enough? I need to be educated here because I have failed to see the debatable point with Mr. Mafabi’s defense.
Assuming that there actually is some internal democracy in the NRM, is it bad to seek for more space to widen it even further and aspire to make it better or even presumably the best? If this is not sheer populist hypocrisy, sort of selfish scheming, what is its closest suitable analysis?
Fellow Ugandans, I believe we agree that there is no perfectionist in politics since it’s not a profession, as its practice is a gamble and it’s mastery is a result of various attempts, risks and errors.
Therefore, the lectures, the attacks and counter-attacks, the art of great foreign language from our political practitioners and actors are fine but are not as necessary and desirable as is a call for a genuine critique when necessary; a credit when and where it’s due; a shared cause; a united front for a one Uganda; and an appreciated humble contribution of every Ugandan if any and whenever there is one. Leadership is a teamwork.
No one ought to be too big or too small when it comes to a nation. No one is odd in his own country.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are hungry of genuine souls and new brains of the movement on a mission. We are thirsty of performers and transformers of a nation on the move to prosperity. We need intellectuals, publicists and political actors who mind civility and dignity as well as respect for self and others. We are starved of patriots and sincere leaders who call a spade a spade as we confront the evil of corruption and abuse of public office as one people, one nation. We need the gospel of common prosperity and economic equity. We aspire for genuine democracy advocacy not special interests, personal vendettas, and a selfish agenda.
Patriotic Ugandans need to think about these things and drop trivial arguments and petty differences that take us nowhere but back to our ugly past.
Have we forgotten that fast? That is why I have great respect for the bush war revolutionary combatants irrespective of their level of education, and their colleagues on the political wing both fallen and alive under the leadership of a great leader of our generation.
However, everything in life has a beginning and an ending. It is called life span. I think that we should team up with good intentions and peaceful but resolute aspirations and support President Museveni with positive criticism and other non-governmental genuine efforts to fight corruption.
And then come 2021, we should summon another good courage collectively and peacefully with a sound patriotic voice, just as Kenyans did with Arap Moi and Tanzanians did with Julius Nyerere, and ask President Museveni to retire and campaign for whoever he chooses and deems fit for that office.
Let me state unequivocally that I would be more than happy to see Maj. Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba in that position. Why not? That is not my first choice but it seems to be the only choice so far as per the circumstances. It better be.
I believe many Ugandans are eager for that, and would love to see that kind of change because at least, it will be a new face, new blood, new political players, fresh thoughts and presumably, new progressive ideas for another look and another perspective of state affairs.
See you there and then, my friends.
May God bless Uganda.
The author is a Ugandan living in Virginia
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