Opposition needs a fresh plan for 2018 to get rid of Museveni
For 2018 to be decisive, as the year of change in Uganda, the questions of capacity, means and tactics of the Freedom Struggle will have to be addressed and re-evaluated by all anti-Museveni forces.
The agonising, anger and self-pity which has dominated the dying days of 2017, in the wake of Dictator Museveni’s rape of the Ugandan constitution, will have to be translated into effective and utterly decisive actions for change.
[A Free Uganda (FU) situation analysis of the Ugandan freedom struggle at the close of the year 2017. Published by Dr. Vincent Magombe, Secretary Free Uganda Leadership Committee and Press Secretary FU – 28th 2017]
Uganda is a country in mourning. Even though the hopes and spirits of the Ugandan people remain tenacious, the unifying fabric of the national body politic, as epitomised by the 1995 constitution, has been severely raptured. The Ugandan nation’s sacred constitutional order has been butchered to death.
Mr. Museveni and his band of money-hungry and nakedly unpatriotic constitutional rapists have defied the wishes of the majority of Ugandans to launch a Life Presidency that is meant to see Dictator Museveni’s corrupt, undemocratic and repressive rule continue for several more decades, and, perhaps, till death comes knocking at his door.
For most Ugandans, the 2017 Christmas and New Year festive period will, therefore, go down in history as a period that was filled with extreme political anguish and inconceivable social agony for Ugandans over the savage rape of the Ugandan constitution by Yoweri Museveni and his overly selfish and crooked-minded gang of Life Presidency project supporters.
The sombre and painful moods and feelings being felt by Ugandans were summed by several religious leaders, who loudly condemned Museveni’s lifting of Article 102 (b) and the dictator’s triumphalist launching of the widely derided Life Presidency project.
Adding his voice to the voices of other senior Ugandan clerics, the bishop of Kinkizi diocese in Western Uganda, Rt. Rev Dan Zoreka, appealed to Dictator Museveni to listen to views of the majority Ugandans and not sign the recently passed age limit bill into law. Bishop Zoreka also argued that it was not too late for the 317 MPs who voted for the removal of the presidential age limit to rethink and consider the voices of their people.
“I know the bill that was passed is not yet assented to by His Excellence. My appeal to all the legislators: they have already done it but let them listen to all Ugandans and see the wishes of the majority.”
But who really thinks that Museveni will do the unthinkable and respect the wishes of Uganda people? More so, when, as the Free Uganda Chairman, General David Sejusa, has intimated, for Museveni, the Life Presidency project is an existential issue that he seeks to actualise, come what may!
WHAT IS THE WAY FORWARD?
A relevant and natural question to ask is – what are Ugandans, angry and frustrated as they are, going to do about it?
For Free Uganda (FU), there are two clear answers to this question:
First and foremost, the agonising, anger and self-pity which have dominated the dying days of 2017, in the wake of Dictator Museveni’s rape of the Ugandan constitution, will have to be translated into effective and utterly decisive actions for change. This is something all Ugandans have to pro-actively reflect on and engage in.
It is not enough for Ugandans to condemn the evil acts of Dictator Museveni and his band of ill-intentioned loyalists. It is not enough for Ugandans to persistently ask of a few other citizens, who are currently involved in the struggle for freedom, as to what else they (the few) can do to liberate the country from Museveni’s tyrannical regime. The Struggle for Freedom must now be owned and executed by all the People of Uganda, in concert and coordination with each other, just like it was when Ugandans collectively rose up to free Uganda from the Idi Amin dictatorship at the close of the 1970s.
The time has come for each Ugandan to ask of him or herself this question: “What am I doing. or able to do, to advance the freedom struggle? It is time for each and every Ugandan, who is angry and fed up with Museveni’s more than 30-year nepotistic and fascistic tyranny, to stand up and be counted. Mere words of concern and frustration will not bring victory.
As we all know, Museveni is a master of political entrenchment, and he has effectively used the three decades of his iron rule to forcibly subdue the people, and successfully transform a whole nation into a family fiefdom, where his close family members, relatives and friends, are the sole arbiters of the nation’s affairs and the monopoly power that owns much of the country’s resources.
As a result, Ugandan society has been enslaved and dehumanised to levels unseen since 1962, when Uganda became independent. The country of Uganda now limps from year to year without adequate medical, educational or social provisions to talk about. The Ugandan civil serves, that was the envy of Africa, is now a ghost of its past self, with no proper living wages for civil servants, who are then forced to go on strike endless times, even in critical care institutions such as hospitals.
Poverty levels across the country have soared to incredible levels, leaving majority Ugandan households unable to feed, clothe or educate themselves.
The young generation, who make up over 70 percent of the population have been impoverished and disempowered, with no meaningful employment or living pre-occupation that would offer them hope or a sense of belonging.
In view of this collective suffering and pain, it is incumbent upon all Ugandans to start taking the need for rapid liberation of the country from the source and causes of their suffering very seriously and personal. The more we continue sleeping or hoping that someone else comes to our rescue, the greater the chances of remaining enslaved by Museveni and his ruthlessly barbaric fiefdom.
The second question answer to the question of what angry and frustrated Ugandan should do in order to free themselves from Museveni dictatorship, can only be about how the freedom struggle is advanced and actualised in the New Year, 2018.
There is no doubt that those Ugandans who have so far dedicated themselves to the cause of freedom, in 2017 and the years gone by, have tried their very best, making innumerable sacrifices and contributions which have brought enormous pain and tribulation to themselves and their families.
There are freedom struggle leaders and activists who have been subjected to unimaginable treatment, including unwarranted imprisonment, detentions and torture in Museveni’s incarceration dungeons. Some of our liberation struggle patriots [may their Souls rest in peace] have fallen on the battle grounds, not to forget the thousands of innocent civilians who have been murdered by the villainous regime as part of a concerted plan by Dictator Museveni to keep the nation enslaved.
But whilst the struggle for freedom has evolved and matured to levels where most Ugandans now believe and pray that the Museveni dictatorship MUST GO, it is increasingly becoming clear that the Dictator still has the upper hand and might well continue to survive and prosper, unless those who WANT HIM OUT re-evaluate and refocus the nature and direction of the battles ahead.
For 2018 to be decisive, as the year of change in Uganda, question of capacity, means and tactics of the Freedom Struggle will have to be addressed and re-evaluated by all anti-Museveni forces.
Simply put, as Ugandans enter the New Year, will they gather the determination to examine the weaknesses and mistakes of recent and past battles, with a view to putting up a better fight in 2018?
Issues like – using or not using force to overthrow the dictatorship; organising and deploying fully-fledged and dynamic liberation structures; the activation of meaningfully directed and productive freedom struggle cells in every corner of Uganda, etc., are increasingly become matters of utmost urgency.
If, as it were, the capacity and ability of confronting Museveni’s well-armed and resourced military and militia forces has not been sufficient or effective enough to accomplish the job, then what is stopping Ugandans from thinking beyond the mass protests and TOGIKWATAKO campaigns?
Even if the aim was not to fight a fully-fledged-war of insurgency, like the one Museveni fought in the jungles of Luweero, why must we not think seriously of other more effective means of resistance – which could easily see a radical upgrade and actualisation of quality mobilisation, pro-active daily, weekly confrontation and neutralisation of enemy targets, increased systemic deployment of human and material resources for the liberation effort, etc.
Surely, is it not time for us to organise more and better the People’s activist networks across the country, so that the anti-Museveni defiance operations move beyond street protests and anti-Museveni rallies, like those which were visibly momentous, but did not succeed in stopping Museveni from changing Article 102 (b) and launching his Life-Presidency project?
Going forward, the Ugandan Freedom Struggle cannot surely be the same. The radical changes that have to be made by Ugandans in the Year 2018 will have to be made against a background of greater corporation and unity of purpose among the forces of liberation, but more crucially the transformation of the Freedom Struggle from one fought by a few elite groups and political institutions, based in Kampala and other urban areas, to a more inclusive ALL UGANDAN, TRULY PEOPLE POWER LIBERATION STRUGGLE that seriously and systematically challenges, confronts and defeats each and every enemy outfits and foot-soldiers in every corner of Uganda.
The Struggle Continues!