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Uganda’s Opposition is Standing on False Clay

By Ofwono Opondo

June 15, 16   
Who is plotting against Ugandans and the opposition! Well, your guess may be as good as mine, a man now holding the title of President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni because he allegedly doesn’t mean well for anybody. By opposition accounts, Museveni is the one who has caused all the old age miseries including poverty, illiteracy and even jiggers. He has refused to leave power yet he goes through regular elections. He has also refused to name a successor although he has appointed many including Dr Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe and Prof. Gilbert Bukenya as VPs and others into leadership, and then supposedly tripped them when they  show great potential. Museveni is also supposed to be responsible for John Patrick Amama Mbabazi’s recent Great Fall, and never mind that he literary picked each of the above persons from political obscurity.  
He has even rehabilitated others like Gen. David Sejusa and David Pulkol without much success, but perhaps it was all not with the best of intentions, otherwise, why are they with the opposition, one may ask! Col. Dr Kizza Besigye as National Political Commissar (NPC) at 30, and Gen. Mugisha Muntu as army commander at 29 years respectively have so far been the youngest Museveni has appointed to those positions, and it was still because he didn’t want them to succeed! So they are both leading opposition figures. And you may ask where would the opposition have noticed their ‘good’ leadership qualities if Museveni had not mentored them!
But then he has groomed his son to take over leadership, including that of FDC, DP and UPC. Who is plotting against Uganda next? The police and UPDF working closely with crime preventers and the judiciary, all in the service of Museveni’s personal interests. So, I shudder to believe that the recent appointments of Beti Olive Kamya (UFA) and Betty Amongi (UPC) as ministers isn’t a trap to turn them into failures so that Museveni remains standing alone as the most credible leader.
Opposition leaders are mainly known as believers in conspiracy theories, having been saying they lost elections mainly because they were cheated and the political ground isn’t ‘leveled,’ whatever that is supposed to mean. Their political universe consists of deceptive experts, criminal security officers, and lying politicians and public officials except themselves who no one should trust. Their collective distrust of public institutions borders on absurdity.
So, it didn’t come as a surprise when mid this week, some MPs from Acholi especially those belonging to the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) addressed a press conference at which they claimed that the two incidents of attacks targeting security installations in Gulu district by some gunmen could be government handiwork to frame some of them. Their intention is to cast doubt that there are no people out there seeking to harm Ugandans.
Having said in the past that Joseph Kony and his rebel outfit, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) doesn’t exist, and, or, that if they indeed did exist, then, they were a creation of President Yoweri Museveni, who after-all, according to distinguished Dr Olara Otunnu, committed ‘genocide’ in Northern Uganda. Odongo Otto (FDC), was more poignant claiming that Museveni “selected” HIV positive UPDF soldiers and sent them to Acholi to infect women with whom they would get into sexual contact. Both have never recanted their wild statement, and so you may forgive lower mortals to believe that NRM and Museveni have sinister plans against them.
So, for some, indeed a small fringe within FDC, now ably led Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, an attack that leaves our men and women on duty dead or injured, and disrupts tranquility just returning to Acholi sub-region becomes an opportunity to gloat and gaze upon their self-fulfillment and vigorous self-delusion.
Many among what calls itself opposition, using each other as sound boards could be quietly praying that NRM and [Museveni] continue leading, and among them could be Mugisha Muntu. Otherwise, why should he have on Wednesday admonished thus “I hope that there are enough people who have enough sense on their heads to recognise that there are two sides in parliament. When we hit turbulence, the only thing that will hold Uganda together is a credible alternative.”
Many in the audience understood Muntu to take aim at the flamboyant and temperamental FDC Secretary General, Nandala Mafabi and the small coterie that had refused to accept FDC lost elections and is in opposition, preferring to call itself a minority party. In so doing, that fringe was seeking to continue with empty demands for an “independent international election audit” that doesn’t exist in Uganda’s constitutional framework although they claim to safeguard Uganda’s constitution.
In all these, the opposition once again and sadly rather than have the fortitude to demonstrate principle, instead capitulated to the politics of ugliness, cheap partisanship, and  a forlorn fantasy that they are advancing the traditional and noble agenda of holding government accountable.
Politics, ought to be among many other things, about providing solutions to problems that afflict society, and so, if you are not part of the solution, then probably you are part of the problem, and should be a target of surveillance and countering.