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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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Why Kalonzo And Raila Campaigned For President Museveni

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma
bsaint3@gmail.com; www.bbbakampa.blogspot.com

As Ugandans prepare to go to the polls on Friday, 18th February, 2011, the presidential campaigns become more interesting, heated up and indeed more competitive every other moment that passes. Other than the usual political drama associated with Ugandan campaigns and the numerous promises and pledges made by politicians, this time round Ugandans witnessed unusual political gimmickry: foreign state officials actively backing and campaigning for a particular candidate in the race viz, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, joined Mr. Museveni on the campaign trail and urged voters to support his candidature, saying that Africa still needs him.

When asked to comment, President Museveni said that the two were purposely here to consult him on East African Community affairs; that since he was on the campaign trail, they had to find him there and greet his voters. Other political analysts and commentators attribute this to the looming I.C.C. arrest warrants against some powerful Kenyan politicians. They argue that the Kenyan Vice President and Prime Minister came to solicit Mr. Museveni’s support in convincing I.C.C. Prosecutor, Mr. Moreno Ocampo to drop the post 2007 election violence charges. With the greatest respect, all this is beside the point and indeed misleading. In this modern age of communication technology, only a fool would fall for Mr. Museveni’s explanation.

The truth is that Kalonzo’s and Raila’s presence here is indicative of the power struggles that are beginning to characterize the much anticipated 2013 East African political federation. Politics being a game of numbers, alliances are starting to pave the way forward. But why campaign in Uganda and for President Museveni in all of East Africa?, one may ask; especially considering that there have been elections in other East African countries in the last two years. Here is reason why.

Both Kalonzo and Raila are presidential hopefuls in Kenya, looking forward to succeed President Mwai Kibaki next year. So they are trying to ward off potential stiff opponents in the race for the East African presidency if all goes well. They prefer old Mr. Museveni, whose political clock is fast ticking, to younger and vibrant Dr. Kizza Besigye (Museveni’s main political challenger) to compete with.

The other reason is President Museveni’s enormous influence in the region. The old man wields a lot of power here and for this reason he is every shrewd and prudent politician’s man to have for an ally. Kalonzo and Musyoka are courting him for support when the hour of need comes. Unlike Mr. Museveni, all the other current East African Presidents namely, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete are serving their last constitutional terms in office, so they are not a major threat. On the other hand, truth be told; Burundi’s youthful Pierre Nkurunziza is not a big threat because Burundi is not so influential in East African Community affairs.

One may say that Kalonzo and Raila are overzealous and idealistic, but it is often said that, the early bird catches the worm. As part of their political strategies, the two are not ready to leave anything to chance. It is also believed that their actions amount to interference in Uganda’s internal affairs and therefore a breach of international law. Whereas this may be true, as the legendary Nicolo Machiavelli put it in his book, The Prince, in politics there are no perfectly safe courses, prudence consists in choosing the least dangerous ones and for that matter therefore, the end justifies the means.