Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

THE MUSEVENI-BESIGYE FACTOR IN UGANDA'S POLITICS IS RECIPE FOR DISASTER

A few weeks ago, Dr. Kizza Besigye’s party, Forum for Democratic Change, held party elections where over 140 candidates contested for various posts in the party including the Presidency. Dr Besigye, a retired Colonel and de facto founder of the party, contested for the party Presidency against his former comrade in arms, Mugisha Muntu, a retired Major General. Dr. Besigye won the race credited by many as having been free and fair, a development they say is new in Uganda’s pursuit of democracy. In fact, K FM’s Hot Seat dubbed it “the presidential race of 2009.” It therefore goes that Dr. Besigye has fastened his grip on FDC which is the main political challenger to the ruling National Resistance Movement Organisation led and founded by President Yoweri Museveni, a retired army General.
Reacting to the developments in FDC, albeit indirectly, President Yoweri Museveni, last week said that he is not ready to leave power. This comes from a man who will be 25 years in office come 2011, the year for Uganda’s next presidential election. Dr. Besigye, determined to unseat him, contested against and lost to him in the previous two elections. On both occasions, he challenged the results before the Supreme Court seeking annulment of the elections. Court ruled that indeed the elections were not free and fair as they were marred by irregularities and non compliance with the law. The same Court however, held that the irregularities were not substantial enough to warrant annulment of the elections.

Col. Besigye and General Museveni are former guerilla war colleagues with a lot in common much as they are now clearly sworn enemies. The former was for a long time the latter’s personal doctor way back from the bush war days. After the war,in 1986, they served together in Government until 2000 when they fell apart with Kizza Besigye accusing Museveni of deviating from the bush war ideals. He went on to stand against Museveni in the 2001 elections. Both men are extremely egoistic, ambitious, resilient, uncompromising and very shrewd.

Perhaps the most interesting thing they have in common is an equally shrewd woman––Engineer Winnie Byanyima. Museveni met her first in their childhood days and they fell in love. For unclear reasons, they split and could not marry. Museveni married his current wife, Janet instead, something which seems to have hurt Winnie. Besigye met her later in Government. When he wrote the damning document heavily criticizing Mr. Museveni for deviating from the guerilla war principles, Col. Besigye gained cult status in Uganda and his popularity sold like hot dog. He even received calls to stand against his boss Museveni which he heeded to. Having failed to become First Lady as Museveni’s Wife, Winnie, an outspoken woman legislator from Mbarara at the time, felt that marrying Besigye would may be help her become one. They eventually got married but analysts believe that it was a marriage of convenience. Winnie bore Dr. Besigye a child, particularly a son, whom she denied President Museveni. The rivalry between the two men for this woman is still on going. Whereas Besigye gave her a befitting family which she long craved for, a few years ago, the President got her a UNDP job which Besigye could not have been able to do. Ugandans should brace themselves for more interesting developments ahead.
The Winnie Byanyima saga has also taken up Janet, President Museveni’s wife. In a bid to match up to Winnie’s political acumen and skills, in the 2006 Parliamentary elections, Janet contested against Augustin Ruzindana and she won after demonstrating her competence by building roads and bridges in her Ruhama sub-county in a few months courtesy of the state. Now this year, her husband appointed her Minister! Janet is determined to show Winnie that she is better than her after all.

Clearly, President Museveni and Dr. Besigye are fighting a personal battle behind the banners of their political parties and we Ugandans are being used unknowingly. President Museveni will not leave office for as long as Besigye is showing interest in his job. And for as long as Besigye still has the support of FDC, he will not give up his battle against him. So, Ugandans ought to reject them if the political journey of our country is to smoothen and stabilize lest we become like Zimbabwe under arch-enemies President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsivangirai.