Besigye and Colleagues in Civil Society are Becoming Artifact of Paranoia

By Ofwono Opondo

Once again former FDC party president Kizza Besigye and now political activist is at it again penning several missives and engaged in talk shows but as usual putting across a stale political package.
His new pet subject is electoral reforms which interestingly is a welcome idea across the political divide.  Both government and opposition seem to agree that some constitutional amendments are required to further make the electoral process more credible through conducting a cleaner and fair election.
However, because Besigye now feels he has nothing to clamour for since government is in advanced stages to table several constitutional amendments to parliament to be able to cater for the electoral reforms; he is now bringing on absurd propositions for him to remain relevant in the political arena.
Besigye’s ridiculous demands are very many but the most annoying is suggesting that a new body I suspect composed of angels should preside over the debate and promulgation of the electoral reforms. This he hopes to achieve in a national conference.  According to Besigye and fellow activists parliament of Uganda which he accuses of being, selfish, greedy, unprincipled and compromised by the executive has lost moral ground to constructively superintend over the electoral reforms debate.
 Interestingly, Besigye’s party FDC has 27 members and a senior citizen and leader of opposition in parliament Mr Wafula Ogutttu is from his own party. By implication, Besigye is saying that members of his party and other opposition members are sell outs who don’t have their country at heart. This is very absurd.
Foremost, who is this Besigye to discredit people’s popularly elected representatives by alleging that they are sellouts who don’t have their country at heart?  Besigye shouldn’t look any further to ask why Ugandans have roundly rejected him for three occasions every time he has offered himself as a presidential candidate. It is exactly such arrogant and condescending attitude over fellow countrymen and women that have cost him his much cherished dream of becoming president of Uganda.
Just recently, Besigye has been vivaciously attacking religious leaders and the intelligentsia of the country accusing them of being sellouts just because they refused to join him in his chaotic and destructive walk to work antics. However, for those who hadn’t fully understood who Besigye is, the signs are there for all to see now. If Besigye has now moved a vote of no confidence from elected members of parliament, the clergy, the intelligentsia, the army, the police, the judiciary who else does this man trust to preside over the electoral reform process he very much yearns for?. Besides, who else is right to constitute the national conference if the listed groups above are omitted?
This is a clear case of paranoia but since there is known medicine to cure paranoia, Ugandans should ignore and treat Besigye and a few of his zealots in civil society organisations with all the contempt that they deserve.  He has lost relevancy and logic and the earlier he realizes it the better for his remaining self.  
Another Besigye fascination is calling for the disbandment of the Electoral Commission. He has failed to adduce substantial reasons why the current EC should be disbanded apart from putting across an old song that the commissioners were appointed by president Museveni.  Granted.  But what Besigye and his ilk in civil society are and failing to tell us is how incompetent are these commissioners while executing their work.
Not many years ago, our neighbours in Kenya disbanded their electoral commission and constituted another one hoping that whatever outcome this team was to deliver would be accepted by all contending parties. This was never to be. CORD, the main opposition party led by the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is calling for the disbandment of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. Therefore, disbanding of any electoral commission per see does not make sense at all. What is very crucial is to put in place watertight legal frame work that enables the commission to deliver credible and believable results.   
Constitutional amendments of any nature do not negate the role of Members of Parliament. There are well laid out procedure in the constitution for any amendments to be made. …………………..