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Gangster’s paradise: The Feudal Republic of Uganda

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President Museveni inspects a guard of honour at Kololo

National events at Kololo Airstrip in Kampala like Independence Day, Labour Day and others used to last about two hours. Since 2008, they have started taking on the feel of mammoth, all-day festivals.

The main reason is that as President Yoweri Museveni has gotten more insecure in power and in his mind, a whole movement has developed to reassure him that he is still loved by his people and his stay in power is not something that should worry him.

To demonstrate this (and, no doubt, to secure their jobs and gain favours), Resident District Commissioners and NRM party officials a few days before Independence Day made it their primary assignment to mobilise as many crowds, businesses, NGOs, government ministries, hospitals, schools, and paramilitary groups as possible to take part in the parade at Kololo Airstrip.

On October 9, 2010, this entered a new phase: for the first time in Uganda’s history, nursery school infants were drafted into the march-past parade at Kololo.

Like the rest of society, these marching groups at Kololo have grasped the essential nature of Museveni’s regime in its latter stages.

It is essentially the Feudal Republic of Uganda that is now in place. Under this Feudal Republic, there is no law, no order, no standard, there is no defining national ethos except that which flows from the person of Museveni.

If this feudal lord, who governs Uganda, decrees that your bank loan be forgiven or that you get millions of dollars from Bank of Uganda, you be appointed ambassador, your goods come in tax-free, you be given land to build a factory in a wetland or national park, or that your company is given the budget to promote Uganda’s image abroad, then that is it. His word becomes legal writ and law.

If Museveni looks favourably upon you today, your life can be instantaneously transformed like in the children’s fairly tales: today you are in rags; tomorrow you are a minister. Today you are selling maize at a street corner; tomorrow you are the Chief Mobiliser for the NRM in eastern Uganda.

The question, then, is how do you get Museveni’s attention? You can send your school to march at Kololo, or you can publicly declare your undying support for him.

As a struggling Ugandan singer, you can compose a song titled “Amelia” whose lyrics sound curiously like an anthem in praise of the former Principal Private Secretary to the President, Amelia Kyambadde or you can write a song in praise of Museveni.

Either way, you will be guaranteed, not sales, but that one of these two will buy your master copy for 5,000 dollars, or that small radio stations in the countryside will be forced by RDCs to play these songs, as a way to justify their jobs, or when you the singer gets into trouble next time after fighting in a bar, the police will let you go scot-free or the president will pay your medical bills.

The Ugandan singer Bobi Wine captured this new order of things best in his 2006 song Kiwani, in which he had the lyrics “Buli omu asiba kiwani” (“Everybody engages in fraud”).

A good illustration of how deep this state of national kiwani has penetrated every corner and area of life, came in the Miss Uganda beauty contest in September. Apparently, there were three leading contenders: the contestant who was favoured by the audience, the one who was the choice of the judges, and the one preferred by the organisers.

Like so many such events, from elections to Uganda’s football administration, to the Pearl of Africa Music Awards, to the Miss Makerere beauty contest, to simple things like the choice of a cover subject for a newspaper or news magazine, the Miss Uganda contest resulted in the kind of controversy that flows from corruption, bribery of judges and officials that is now the Ugandan national character.

There are fraudsters in Kampala nicknamed “Cubans” and also termed “mercenaries”. These are the young men and women who perform an important role in the economy. Their work is to sit exams or write academic theses on behalf of busy civil servants and corporate executives.

These ghost writers are the real brains behind most of the Bachelors, MBAs, and PhDs in Uganda that Uganda’s middle class boasts today.

At another level, there is a whole group of professionals who have also developed and flourished around this fraudulent society.

Gynecologists and other personal doctors, lawyers, auditors, accountants, personal physical fitness trainers, and others who are contracted by Uganda’s corrupt class are doing brisk business.

Whole industries, from airlines, travel agents, property brokers, chartered surveyors, architects, private schools, banks, hotels, telecom companies etc, have all risen to meet the needs and ride on the purchasing power of this wealthy, corrupt, embezzling class.

A world of NGOs to fight or report on corruption has become a permanent feature of Ugandan life. So too have the NGOs, local and foreign, that have come to fill in the gap in the provision of basic social services and relief aid that has been created by the erosion of the state under Museveni.

Newspapers and radio stations that champion or claim to champion the fight against corruption have done well with audiences and publishing adverts and tenders by NGOs claiming or actually fighting corruption.

The media in general has also gained much by way of advertising from the many companies, investors, and individuals who either should never have been allowed to enter Uganda, or should have been expelled by now, or who should be in jail.

Journalists who have reported on corruption have become national stars. Those who take bribes in order to suppress damaging stories on corruption have also done well, judging by the flashy cars and expensive property they own.

Certain Pentecostal churches whose pastors are close to State House or which are generally sympathetic to the NRM government have gained much in prestige, contributions by their parishioners and occasional moral support or political and legal cover from the state.

On average, the salaries of most people in the civil service, the corporate and NGO community is only about one third of their monthly incomes. The other two thirds is topped up in this climate of hustling, bribes, tax evasion, raising vouchers and allowance claim forms, inflating invoices and tenders and outright theft.

Children undergo paramilitary drills in Kololo

Last month, David Mukholi, the editor of the Sunday Vision newspaper, said on a Wednesday journalists’ show on Vision Voice that news and investigation stories on corruption no longer sell.

This might be partly because the public has grown weary of reports on corruption, since they know nothing will be done about them anyway; but also it might suggest that corruption is now a majority culture, in the same way Christianity is the majority religion in Uganda, and so few are interested in having it exposed.

The state of lawlessness that characterises Uganda today has been amazingly beneficial to hundreds of thousands of Ugandans, especially in Kampala. This is because, like all systems once entrenched, it has taken on a formal, organised, routine, checks and balances character of its own.

And like all systems, to disrupt it is destabilising and can be a source of national instability as disrupting a system founded on merit and the observance of law and order.

When UPC party president Olara Otunnu called for a boycott of the 2011 general election unless the current Electoral Commission is reformed or changed, his call was opposed by the main opposition party the FDC and by a surprising number of UPC members.

This was odd, since the FDC has been a victim of rigged elections for a decade and should know better than to have faith that the 2011 election will be different. Once again, what normally defies logic in Uganda is, surprisingly, logical in its own way.

Most Ugandans know that the forthcoming election will be rigged. The NRM party primaries alone were a foreshadow of what is to come. However, there is more than meets the eye. Whenever elections loom, with them comes a whole industry from which many thousands of Ugandans gain and it trickles down to the ordinary people.

It is not just the impoverished villagers who the media usually portrays as receiving a pathetic bribe of sugar and soap.

Campaign managers, touts who traverse the villages rallying support, the printers who get the jobs to produce campaign posters, treasurers of candidates, candidates themselves, boda boda cyclists who blow their horns and transport supporters, the bars that sell booze to crowds, those who cook food to sell at rallies, journalists who take bribes to write in praise of or interview certain candidates on radio, men who spend all day playing Ludo or arguing about Manchester United who are suddenly elected councillors or even MPs--- all these gain in a major way from the elections, even though the occupant at State House might not change.

This election industry, with it characteristic bribes, unexplained money coming in from governments in the region trying to influence the outcome of the election in Uganda or political parties and trade unions in Europe, western embassies in Kampala, plays a vital role in the Ugandan economy and so there was no surprise that political parties that know for certain that 2011 will see, if anything, much more rigging than before, still felt they had to take part in it.

When Museveni finally leaves power some day, this is the legacy that will last the longest and take the longest and the greatest effort to uproot.

A generation of Ugandans will have been born that has no understanding whatsoever of what institutions mean, what merit is, what procedure and method are, and how to earn a living by the process of systematic, incremental work, followed by payment and personal savings.

They will not know or have the patience to queue up for anything, to wait for longer than a week for a tender or results of an interview to be made public.

The only thing they will have known and which works for them is the life of what in Kampala slang these days is termed “Okuyiya”, a term describing the gambling, scheming, lying, issuing bouncing cheques, acting the sycophant, bending or breaking laws and rules and evading taxes or doctoring academic certificates that is life in Uganda and how most people survive.

To every obstacle in their path, the solution is to call afande so-and-so, call somebody or State House, call up a cousin in intelligence, a brother in the army, a contact on the job interview panel, a friend in the Uganda Revenue Authority, or somebody at border immigration control.

Many Ugandans and foreigners lament the state of affairs in Uganda today, from the rundown infrastructure, roads, police stations, to the nepotism on corruption. In truth, this is largely a moralistic cry, usually characterised by crocodile tears.

The fact is, for the majority of Ugandans there is no system and way of life they can enjoy better than what they have grown used to in Uganda today.

In Uganda, you can toss a mineral water bottle out of a car window. You can drive on the left or the right, depending on what pleases you. You can zoom past pedestrians at a zebra crossing etc.

You can use three different names to transact business. A newspaper with a circulation of only 1,200 copies can get the same full-colour, full-page advert as a newspaper with a circulation of 35,000 copies, depending on who one bribes for the adverts.

At first one is tempted to feel sorry for doctors who work in government hospitals or police officers in their shabby offices, until one realises that they don’t seem to be that bothered.

This is because amid that confusion and broken down infrastructure are hefty benefits to be enjoyed. Families of arrested suspects and criminals can pay a CID officer or District Police Commander to release a relative.

Traffic policemen who stand on duty along roadsides are often not exactly suffering, when it is learnt how much they earn in bribes from offending drivers.

Teachers in miserable government schools or at Makerere University can either be paid to award marks to students for cash or sex.

Foreign businessmen and companies have also discovered this about Uganda and, while there is much lamentation by purists that Uganda is too corrupt to do business in, actually Uganda is just the right environment in which certain types of crafty companies and entrepreneurs can do business. It is a gangster’s paradise.

You import expired goods? No problem. Nobody will ask. You bring in unskilled labour from India. Kawa, life will go on. You evade taxes? Who pays taxes, anyway?

In this sense, Uganda has shaken off the last vestiges of the old colonial system of order, merit, method, standards, bureaucracy and moved on to a strange state of nature in which the country has one of the highest rates of social mobility on earth.

Office sweeper today, RDC tomorrow. Failure at school today, MBA holder tomorrow. Sergeant today, Brigadier tomorrow. Struggling small-time trader today, property mogul tomorrow. Teacher today, women’s MP tomorrow. Convicted thief today, presidential advisor tomorrow. Freelance reporter today, Managing Editor tomorrow. Wanted by police today for fraud, operations director at the Internal Security Organisation tomorrow.

This is why many Ugandans don’t seem as bothered by the potholes in Kampala as the media expects them to be. Not that they don’t see or suffer through them. It is just that there are so many benefits that have also come with operating in Uganda, benefits that more than compensate for the lack or order, accountability, merit, bureaucracy and the rule of law.

Cabinet ministers do not have any real powers and they know it. However, they also know something else: what apparently appears like offices without powers actually do have certain hidden powers.

A prospective investor flies into Uganda from China or France and at some stage he gets to meet the minister in charge of the investor’s area of interest. To obtain the minister’s signature, the investor pays handsomely in a bribe.

So in that sense, all of Uganda’s cabinet ministers, ministers of state, resident district commissioners, members of parliament, permanent secretaries, commissioners, and a whole host of other public and civil service officials, while appearing to have no real authority in a system that barely functions, actually have much greater power than they would have enjoyed had Uganda had institutions that work.

Because of this, an entire middle class has emerged since 1986 that is built on dishonesty and fraud. So entrenched is it that any attempt to reform Uganda and genuinely root out corruption would destabilise the country.

Museveni found Uganda a struggling military-dominated, post-colonial republic in 1986. He will leave it a feudal state similar to an African kingdom of the 19th century.


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Speak for yourself Mr. Kalyegira, Low-rated comment [Show]
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written by Mafta Mingi, November 02, 2010
is this why m7 always requests prayers for Uganda , if he steals the elections we must break up uganda like somalia , not worthy keeping the demented dictator , every man on his own , village town area and so on , dont let m7 live like a king when your kids will die like dogs ! let us all die like dogs
self defeating!! Be positive
written by MABO, November 03, 2010
The message i get from Tim's article is to depict uganda being at verge of oblivion but i beg to state tht this is extreme view esp regards society. Suprisingly even current states we worship as organised had even worse act(europe,america,UK,Asia etc). Just trace most wealth of "treasured" companies in world? The truth is society is dynamic. Just 100yrs ago; anarchy,plunder,theft,malaise,death,poverty was rife in the west yu worship today. Is it secret that the middle class in west had worst vices than we see in uganda? The success or failure of independet or uganda record is part of anomalies & success in uganda. I rest my case
HONEST UGANDANS ARE ENDANGERED SPECIES
written by Lakwena, November 03, 2010
Tim, thank you for pouring out you heart for this country. Unfortunately honest Ugandans are endangered species. You can see from Comrade Q response. He has no clue about right and wrong. In his eyes and ears, you are the enemy of the state. So, yours is a distant voice in the wilderness. Implied, In his lawlessness Mr. Museveni actually wants to destroy this country completely from its roots. To do that he destroys public morality; and corruption is the best way to do it. If I read you correctly Uganda is like the old Sauriyako market: You go there knowing the rules that you cheat or get cheated and no complaints raised.
The fundamental change
written by Alfred Akankwasa, November 03, 2010
This is not a change of guards, but it is a fundamental change. Whoever thought there was no fundamental change should reread and reread this Mr. Kalyegira again. Now one can understand why there is no Mukama in Ankole and why Ssabagabe is on Kabaka's neck. There can't be two cocks in a kiyumba kya nkoko, can there really?

The question then becomes: how could we possibly change this state of affairs? Any takers, please!
Thank you Tim and Andrew
written by Matsiko Allan, November 03, 2010
Tim, your article was a well though brilliant piece, a huge thank you. I missed you when you left monitor, so was glad to catch up again today. I hope you write for independent on a weekly basis. To Andrew, thank you for bringing Tim. I suggest you encourage him to write for this paper, which I am a huge advocate. I like Tim’s critical analysis, to have him writing for independent is great. Thx
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written by Dave, November 03, 2010
In my opinion, this is the best article that best describes Uganda as it is today and possibly in the near future. Thanks Timothy!
Good summary Timothy
written by evian, November 04, 2010
I have always liked Timothy's analysis even though he sometimes gets crazy as a soothsayer. Uganda has been personalised shd be renamed the "Kingdom of Rwakitura".
Uganda has undergone fundamental change...
written by Osiris, November 04, 2010
Timothy,
Its truly tragic the way Museveni and the NRM have run down the country Uganda. Uganda as a country has lost its soul! It has become a country without values where anything goes and people have lost their sense of outrage. Amidst run away corruption, child sacrifice, genocides, cults, etc many Ugandans just turn a blind eye as if its business as usual! If Uganda is truly a christian country as we hear from time to time then things have really gone horribly wrong. What has happened to the christian values that is supposed lead us along the path of rightousness? When Museveni promised fundamental change in 1986 he clearly wasn't kidding.
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written by Ray Rex Pope, November 04, 2010
Journalism is a noble profession. A profession that clearly cements the concept that "fact is sacred and comment is free". I salute Tim and Andrew for upholding these values.

Thank you for being so honest and brave Tim. Your article is a must read for every African and non-Africans who care about Uganda. Well done Tim!!
Corruption
written by yunus, November 04, 2010
I would like to thank you Tim for this highly searched peace of news, the once pearl of Africa is now trailing behind many African countries.One thing for sure God will not allow all these criminals get away with it, right from grass root level to the top. You see God does things His way and at His pace, therefore one should be rest assured that all this death and decadence that Uganda is now experiencing will one day come to an end. Let the so called un touchables enjoy their loot for now. When their time comes to pass, those of us who may have some sanity still intact will take the responsibility of educating the county, get rid of corruption.
No Uganda is a mafia Paradise
written by Okudi Paul, November 05, 2010
This is perhaps one of the best submissions I have ever read in Ugandan Paper. Timothy no stone unturned, if I was the editor, this should have been the cover page. What a nice article. The only slight thing I disagree is calling Uganda a gangster paradise. This is an under estimate. It is a Mafia Paradise.
Asanti sir
written by habib munabuddu, November 05, 2010
Where have you been tim,i thought he got you too,but i think you are the only man still standing, thanks for the article,and keep up the good work, i know it is not easy,so i salute you sir,but dont think poeple dont pay attention, they do and they keep all what you write in bank vault for future refrence in Denmark.
The more Museveni thinks he is indispensable, the more Ugandans loath him
written by Lakwena, November 05, 2010
Tim, what happened to the soothsayer: dead or what? Or they threatened you with death and you abandoned visiting him or her. But I have a prediction. Museveni, like the Biblical Pharaoh, Ramses III who hardened his heart 10 times and refused to let the God's people (Israelis) go; will finally suffer the ultimate calamity. Like Amin used to say, when God hardened the Pharaoh's heart, it was for purpose of destroying him socially, politically, economically and militarily (drowned his best soldiers [PGB] in the Red Sea) "completely". The more the Pharaoh hardened his heart, the more both the Egyptians and the Hebrew suffered the consequences (frustration) and resented him. The more Museveni thinks he is indispensable, the more Ugandans loath him and the hardest will be his fall.
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written by hobster kalema, November 05, 2010
Tim, you couldnt have explained the current state of affairs of this country better. i pray to GOD u lmay live longer
you are very right
written by Ismail, November 05, 2010
Bwana Tim you are more than right on the state of affairs in Uganda, just consider the recent gang which
which killed 15 people just for second hand Japanese vehicles, Uganda is in its own amaggedon. the gov is selling anything, thats why I wonder whether this guy is truly Ugandan and has Uganda at heart, we going to need a revolution, the closer the better...Uganda is a dying man.... God bless
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written by Andrew, November 05, 2010
very impressive article sebbo.
really makes me wonder what will happen when the "museveni kids (b. 1985-1986) finally ascend to positions of responsibilty in this country seeing as they have been weaned on corruption, favouritism and shortcuts throughout their lives; it will be epic
Mafia State
written by Chris, November 05, 2010
Sometime back, a high ranking government official claimed that there are mafias in government. These are the people who can get anything done. Its not about the rules and regulations. Its about the connections you have. If they are good, you can even be made a small chief. But we should not give up on the fight against corruption. We need to try harder.
Multi Choice CNN African Journalist of the Year Award
written by Stephen, November 06, 2010
I think Tim & Andrew should submit this article for the Multi Choice CNN African Journalist of the Year Award competition.

Many people either choose to ignore or don't understand the net effect of this mess we are in now and how many generations it will take to uproot it.

The current government might in some cases be spot-on on what to do but have have always failed (intentionally or otherwise) on how to do it.

Lastly this person from fashionsports who is busy selling clothes when were seriously debating sensible issues should be blocked from this page

Thanx
Gangster Republic
written by Uganda Citizen, November 06, 2010
Tim, Ugandans love to be fooled!

We had actually got rid of governments led by Swines and bilogoical substances and wonder why Ugandans are now complaining after we have ushered in Peace, Democracy, Liberakised economy and FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE. Can you guys please bllody shut up?!!!

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written by Ismail, November 06, 2010
i think the current gov became the same swines you talking about, look at our infrastructure, even Rwanda a country from genocide is on the good path, I think Uganda is the most pathetic ruled country in East Africa. the president allowed his comrade to still whatever they like so not to fight for leadership, who cares about leadership when you can get free money. Imagine the land he just gives away like its his own land, this is guy is not Ugandan and has no Uganda on heart at all....but some Uganda are still blind.....
We are a more pedestrian society than is claimed
written by Omeros, November 06, 2010
Tim, I enjoyed this piece very much indeed. However, I do question your portrayal of Uganda as a country in which social mobility is fluid. Though corruption may propel some rare souls from obscurity to the very top of society, the truth is that a Ugandan's social outcome is, more or less, determined by the circumstances of his birth. If you are born poor in rural Uganda, the overwhelming likelihood is that you will remain that way for the rest of your life. That is why our society is truly iniquitous: people move very little at the same time as they are given the illusion of mobility offered by the shortcuts of sharp practice. In fact nepotism and corruption exacerbate immobility. Someone connected often gets preferred at the expense of someone qualified and competent.
Kalyegira is a Wise man, God should destroy those Evil beings
written by Judoli, November 06, 2010
I passed Uganda for 2 weeks recently after a while away. I CRIED real tears for I could not beleive God could leave us to this man, it just was not possible but here I was from Entebbe to Katakwii and Back dealing with total ANARCHY. Then I thought alot about why the world or tleast Ugandans would just not listen to Kalyegira, and see where they are headed but then again I realised Some of them actually seemed to lvoe the situation.

I CRIED BITTERLY for another 20 HOURS on my flight out and I have never recovered from that experience. I will do anythin to get my family OUT of that place.

God should PUNISH the devils running Uganda
Enough for the lamentations
written by Innocent, November 06, 2010
This is good lamentations Timothy
Is this not yet the time of the king of kings
Go to Church tommorrow and work for the empowerment of all the people, to be delivered from the evil one, and to follow the way of righteousness and peace. Keep Hope alive and engage in community life.
Amen, Uganda shall be free!
SHAME ON YOU
written by Mupenzi, November 09, 2010
Wow now I get it, if I want my online business to florish in Uganda, all I have to do is preach hatred and say bad things on Museveni and his Government.
Timothy u're a genius u have managed to confuse all the poor Ugandans with hate msgs and now some are thinking of disintegrating their country just like Somalia is ( Mafia King)
Congs Tim u have made yo country proud by using yo hate msgs
SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The facts can not be changed
written by Mukiibi Mugerwa, November 11, 2010
You say there is no law apart from M7s word, what about all the court judgements against government that are churned out every day?. If they followed M7 law he would win all cases in court. The economy is in an evidently better position than it was in 1986. We have opposition polititians traversing the country in peace, making their case and of course abusing M7. Others like your friend Otunnu even trying to rewrite history. Kalyegira you can write a million words but you cannot change the facts on the ground. The facts are: M7 is better than all his predecessors. Uganda is a better (NOT PERFECT !) country to live in than in the pre 1986 era. The majority of Ugandans still prefer M7 to any of his opponents. Those are Facts - like it or not.
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written by Omeros, November 16, 2010
Mukiibi, everything you have said is unnuanced in the extreme. On the economy, Museveni did usher in privatisation but then aggressively rent-seeks from private business. On respect for judicial independence and the rule of law generally, all I can say by way of response is, where were you when the courts of judicature were twice besieged by armed security operatives? And where were you in 2006 when Besigye was illegally detained and prevented from campaigning in the presidential election of that year? Museveni proceeds seamlessly from the abject politics of his predecessors.
Yes, the facts cannot be changed alright!
written by Mulwana, November 16, 2010
Mukiibi what facts are you talking about? And which majority are you talking about? You seem to think Ugandans are stupid! Yes we have been--for 26 years. But do not add insult to injury by trying to convince yourself and others in your lame support of a dying horse. Tim is talking sense--and you know it, even the die hard movementist knows it. This country is on a life line.
Yes the facts cannot be changed alright
written by Mulwana, November 16, 2010
The chaos and corruption has killed Uganda. Those who support do so now for personal gain, not because there is an ideal or fundamental change. Who talks about it anyway but M7? It is because EVERYONE, including you Mukibi in your heart of hearts knows, this is not a contest between leaders. This is real life, and the incredibly painful reality of the type of country uganda has become. I wish i believed in the power of God to change these things...somehow i fear we are being taught a lesson, in what happens when a people lose their morality...we watch our own slow self destruction.
mr
written by agger, November 19, 2010
Guys,to see wat this guys are doin ..find out abt heritage oil company that jsy swindled the country.it was your one and only ,the rapper that sealed the deal in state house yet even the most foolish person cd have googled and found out that this guys were abunch of thugs and mercenaries who commited the worst fraud in angola,congo etc...why wd the government deal with such pple unless they are in fact one ...Timothy,thump up 4 u
MAFIA REGIMES ALWAYS END THE SAME WAY.
written by gafabusa, January 16, 2011
A single person domination of a state for so long, always ends up in disaster, M7 Knows it, the middle class know it, but the peasants don’t. M7does not wonder why a middle class he has helped to create opposes him so rabidly, its because they know what he knows. M7 also knows the hypocrisy of his ardent supporters and knows what motivates them and their price, because they cant just be stupid for 25 years, their support is cosmetic, for that he internally despises them terribly for their bootlicking and mercenary support, because of their lack of principles and an up for sale conscious. What worries M7 is a Ben Ali scenario with an alternative to contemplate genocide and ruin his entire lineage.
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written by gafabusa, January 19, 2011
mukiibi ought to be better than what you spit out, times have changed. Are still in your fathers house of 1986, because it is better than your grands 1976 house. Needs shift with time, check Maslows hierarchy of needs, it applies to Uganda too. Dont deceive the masses one man rule is out dated. Do you know the difference btwn Qadaffi and M7? You dont , bse Qadaffi has delivered a high standandard of living for the masses and Museveni has not. An nation is like a taxi, always the driver is to blame not the conductor. If he cant deliver for the future, let him get off the steering. The momentum he created in 1986 has stalled, we need other people to do what he has failed to do and fight corruption? period
Tim Kalyegira Rocks
written by MukyalaMasaka, November 06, 2011
Thanks Tim for an insightful and well written article that would be very funny if it wasn't actully true. I read it inthe comfort of my lovely house in London after a hard shift in hospital caring for the sick. I know that if I don't work I will not be paid and not eat, buy petrol, etc. In Ug, all I'd have to do is not turn up for work, bribe the boss then go to my private clients and still get paid via Ugandans' taxes!!! Thanks Tim. Ugandans wake up!

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