From the corners of both eyes am watching a big fight break out among a pack of wolves and hounds in the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party over a carcass with each side unlikely to back down soon. Col. (Rtd) Warren Smith Kizza Besigye the destroyer will carry on sinking the remains of a ship he once captained because of greed and need for revenge.
By Ofwono Opondo
Next week Wednesday to Saturday, President Vladimir Putin will be hosting the second Russia-Africa summit in the northwest city of Saint Petersburg, 700 kilometres from Moscow. It is a follow-up on the first one held in the Black Sea Resort city of Sochi in 2019 on whose heels Covid-19 pandemic struck, paralyzing the global economy from which every country is recovering.
Seven parliamentary and two district chairperson by-elections characterized by violence and malpractices, where the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has won six, but lost the just concluded Oyam North parliamentary seat to Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) threatens to cast democracy down a slippery slope. UPC, now a shell, has gone down a dark-silent grave not entirely underserved. In its heydays 1962-71 and 1981-July 1986 it demonstrated unrestrained ruthlessness.
Testing my body endurance, but also to quench my appetite to know places that I haven’t hitherto visited, early this drove from Mulanda to Kyangabi Crater Resort nestled on an expansive shaded hill and valley in Bunyarugru, Rubirizi at the invitation alongside other media gurus by the Uganda Airlines to have discussions on how to support the nascent national career reactivated after a twenty-year lull.
My apologies to those who have heard me on the subject of Mulanda, my birth place to which I have some bragging rights over, and so don’t impose a gag on me not to write or say anything publicly about it. Two weeks into my leave in Mulanda, we are having extensive conversations on a wide range of topics like how to uplift life, raise sustainable homestead incomes, cutback on some areas of wasteful expenditures, and improving parents commitments to their immediate families especially child health and education.
One week into my annual leave in Mulanda away from the Kampala pollution, congestion, traffic nightmare, boda boda nuisance, and the irritant political noise from the likes of Kizza Besigye Kifefe and his newfound sidekick Erias Lukwago. What a pleasant life! Ssalango Erias Lukwago Omuloodi, the Lord Mayor of Kampala since 2011 is a whining controversial political crybaby who listening to one imagines has just recently inherited a bad debt and is stuck, but still tightly clings to it.
You have to pity the outgoing US Ambassador to Uganda Natalie E. Brown. Completely out of lock and step. Goodbye Madam. This week the embassy issued a negative advisory to US citizens perhaps considering traveling to Uganda by hyping crime threats, terrorism, and alleged harassment or murder to LGBTQ+ people. In the absence of credible and provable facts on these accusations, the US embassy seem to have resorted to screaming louder.
Over the decades brave and committed Ugandans have made the leap of faith sometimes paying the ultimate price with their lives to liberate and develop Uganda so we can enjoy today’s tranquility. Often, we are made by human circumstances to helplessly submit or stand and fight. Uganda’s post independence political turmoil before the advent of the NRM in 1986 is well documented and doesn’t need repeating.
National Resistance Movement (NRM) members of parliament are concluding a ten-day retreat at the National Leadership Institute (NALI), Kyankwanzi under the theme “Increasing Household incomes and wealth creation: the critical role of the leader”. To contextualize, in April 2021 after elections a retreat was held for the new MPs to calm down individual wild expectations, shape convergence on policy priorities and work methods.
It is almost 500 days since Russia launched “Special military operations” against Ukraine to rid it of what it described as “neo-Nazi fascists”, and hopefully stops them from joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), a 1949 western military alliance seeking to expand into the borders of the Russian Federation.