Why Museveni’s prefers a “shithole” to a “pair of buttocks”
CHANGE OF GUARDS – Uganda’s military dictator, Museveni has applauded US President, Donald Trump’s “Shithole countries” utterances. He said, “America has got one of the best Presidents ever, Mr. Trump, I love Trump because he tells Africans frankly, I don’t know if he was misquoted or not”. Museveni went ahead to argue that ” time had come for Africans to stop seeking foreign assistance to solve African problems but rather focus on solving their own problems their own way”. Obviously, Museveni is mindful of the role the west played in supporting citizens in Iraq, Libya and Ivory Coast to dislodge their despotic leadership. He concluded by calling upon African countries to embrace integration as a way of building strength. Again, here he was meaning military strength/alliances to help keep one another in power as opposed to ECOWAS’s intervention in Gambia against Yahya Jammeh.
Earlier while meeting the Speaker of Museveni’s parliament, the US Ambassador to Uganda had regretted Trump’s statement. She said; “It’s was an unfortunate comment, yes, obviously for people like me and many of my colleagues who have spent many years working in Africa have many relationships and friendships across the continent. Obviously quite disturbing and upsetting as I know Africans themselves felt”.
In April 2017 a Ugandan feminist academic, Dr. Stella Nyanzi called Museveni a “pair of buttocks” and described his wife who is the Minister of Education as having “empty-brains”. Her outrage was prompted by the regime’s reneging on its earlier campaign pledge to provide free sanitary pads to school girls. She went ahead to assert that; “…. that’s what buttocks do. They shake, jiggle, shit and frat. Museveni is another pair of buttocks…….Ugandans should be shocked that we allowed these buttocks to continue leading our country”. Two months later she was brutally arrested, charged with Cyber Harassment and using the internet to disturb the peace, quiet or right to privacy of Museveni. She was initially denied bail and remanded. The regime’s move to have her subjected to psychiatric examination was halted by an appeal to the Constitutional Court.
During campaigns, Mr. Trump had promised to “deal with” despotic leaders around the world. He singled out Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Uganda’s Museveni. Museveni who at the time believed that Trump would not make it to the White House, responded by claiming not to know who he (Trump) was. When Trump made it to the White House Museveni developed a “running stomach”. In May 2016 during his (Museveni) swearing-in ceremony he had referred to the West and the ICC as a ” bunch of useless people – prompting western diplomats to walk out.
Having realized that those Ugandans seeking to dislodge Museveni from power have failed to tap into the golden opportunity presented by Trump’s tenure at the White House, he (Museveni) is now recovering from the “running stomach”. By sarcastically praising Trump as being the best USA President ever when the rest of the continental leaders are expressing furry, Museveni is aiming at using the comments to rally African leaders against the west for his selfish interests. He is to use the comments to push for his ” African solutions for African problems” rhetoric to align the continent to the communist east.
The majority of Africans have welcomed Trump’s comment as the accurate description of some African countries. If anything, owing to the mismanagement and gross abuse of human rights, Trump was kind enough not to refer to them as village pit latrines that are always swarmed by flies. That’s why tens of thousands of young Africans are perishing in the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea trying to leave some of such “SHITHOLE” countries. Those in positions of leadership were furious just because Trump is ‘inciting’ their subjects. African subjects contend that it’s the greedy and brutal leadership that has made some countries “shitholes”.
It’s therefore highly hypocritical for Museveni to delink the biologically and morphologically close “shithole” and “pair of buttocks”. By glorifying Trump’s “shithole” and criminalizing his own Dr. Stella Nyanzi’s “pair of buttocks”, Museveni is not being sincere even to himself. We are yet to see if his (Museveni) friend, the legendary Black American rapper Snoop Dogg will reconsider his recent decision to relocate to Uganda in protest of Trump’s “racist remarks”.
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