Sunday, August 5, 2012
NRM and Ugandans May Have to Force President Museveni Out of Office
By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma
[Dip. Law (First Class)–LDC; Cert. PELD–NALI-K; Cert. Oil & Gas–Mak; LLB–Mak]
President Museveni has adamantly chosen to continue eluding his succession both as Chairperson of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party and as President of the Republic of Uganda. He claims that he is prevented from retiring by the realization that those aspiring to succeed him do not subscribe to his ideology! This revelation is shocking and embarrassing, not only to him but his government and political party as well, especially after 26 years of being in power.
One of the cardinal indicators of strong and focussed leaders is their ability to groom others to take over the leadership mantle within a reasonable time. In fact, this is an attribute of democratic culture and practice. Whereas there may not be a hard and fast rule on what amounts to reasonable time and without necessarily taking a decisive stand, I submit that contemporary global democratic dispensation provides that 10 years are enough time within which to identify potential successors. Therefore, after more than two decades at the helm of Uganda’s political power, the son of Kaguta has surely had enough time to sufficiently perform his expected duties.
Consequently, what he is engaging in now is simply loose and idle talk that is intended to hoodwink his party and nation by indulging them in cat and mouse games. Unfortunately for President Museveni and his NRM, their elusive attitude towards the succession debate is primarily an impeachment of themselves and no body else. I shudder at the thought that the President has no trust and confidence in even his acclaimed bush-war comrades like Premier Amama Mbabazi, Ministers Eria Kategaya, Kahinda Otafiire and Dr Crispus Kiyonga and MPs like Jim Muhwezi and Fred Mwesigye. It is disheartening to know that all these gallant fighters also lack “proper ideology”. Their condonation of their long-time leader’s repeated belittling and insults is hugely surprising! This inevitably begs the question: what is wrong with you, dear comrades?
I dare to predict that sooner than later, the nation and world at large will be treated to free and unsolicited drama of watching the fall of the massive ruling NRM party. This will be highly regrettable by those who could have stepped in early enough to save the situation. For a long time, many party members have become jittery thus intensifying infighting and internal power struggles. The rift between the ‘historicals’ and ‘new-comers’ continues to widen each day and its obvious source is none other than the reluctance of the party Chairman to allow free political space. For now, the old guards are opportunistically playing safe by pretending to be aloof as a show of loyalty and allegiance to their boss, but this is unsustainable. Meanwhile, the new kids-on-the block are busy playing the advocacy role of pushing for change, of course under the divided patronage and tutorship of their supposedly detached and scheming superiors. At the end of the day, unless the succession debate is handled diligently, the majority stand to lose miserably.
Suffice to say that by continuously making such ridiculous statements, President Museveni is booking for himself an unenviable position in the league of failed leaders. They are escapist and smirk of nothing but sheer selfishness, greed and myopism! I am convinced that his actions leave prudent NRM members and Ugandans in general, with no choice but to forcefully remove him out of office, just like his friends, Kenya’s Moi or even Libya’s late Gaddafi.