President Uhuru’s scheduled address to Uganda Parliament is the dumbest thing he has ever imagined.
Addressing Uganda parliament is a sideshow at a time his government is deeply embroiled in corruption. He is again doing what he knows best – distracting us.
With revelations of mutli-billion shilling theft by his regime’s big vegetables; some looted by his cronies, he will be AWOL for sometime in Kenya’s public forums. He won’t be accessible to the press to be questioned. He’s so far unleashed his attack dogs.
While Obama praised him for fighting corruption; which was terrible because Uhuru is not fighting corruption but perpetrating it, going to Uganda is such a dumb idea.
Here are the reasons for this trip though:
One, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni is facing a reckoning next year. Uganda is set to go the polls and his party NRM is blowing up from within; under the heavy weight of dictatorship and inherent internal contradictions.
One of Museveni’s decades long pillars – former PM Amama Mbazazi will challenge him, so is a resurgent opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye and others. Mbazazi has already been expelled from the NRM.
While ordinarily the election would have been a walkover for Museveni who is known for murderous violence and intimidation of supporters, the 2016 polls is becoming an headache because his most credible challenger – the ex-PM -was the very brain of Museveni rigging machine.
Already, Museveni has panicked, and, as usual with African strongmen, he is calling to Kampala other strongmen to shore up his ‘continental image’ among locals. Uhuru is therefore a mere prop in Museveni’s dwindling 2016 prospects.
Uhuru will praise Museveni in the most flattering showmanship only Jubilee propaganda can conjure. Don’t be surprised if he calls Museveni the ‘hotbed of statesmanship’ in this region.
Two, Museveni loss will be a big blow to Uhuru’s own 2017 re-election. Museveni is Uhuru’s strongest ally and his meddling in Kenya’s politics is well known.
It is unlikely that a new democratic regime in Kampala (which is likely to jail Museveni pronto) will rush to endorse a product of a rigged election in Kenya as Museveni has done twice, first in 2007 and also 20133.
Matters will even be complicated as average Ugandans view Uhuru’s potential challenger, former PM Raila Odinga, more favourably than Uhuru himself.
Three, with Uhuru’s other friends in the region -Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame increasingly becoming pariahs in the international stage, and with sanctions suffocating Salva Kiir, a regime change in Kampala will increasingly put more spotlight on Kenya, as the world demands electoral processes here be credible and democratic will of the people be respected. All indications show Uhuru will lose the 2017 poll. I mean, this guy rigged himself in and despite the lofty promises tucked in the ‘jubilee dream’, the country has undergone two years of endless nightmares -jubilee nightmares!
Four, regime change in Kampala is likely to expose corruption at a grander scale involving certain elements from Kenya. Many Ugandans do not hide their disgruntlement with the fact that Kenya is increasingly taking up their country. Museveni’s support in certain quarters in Kenya stems from the concessions he’s been giving Kenyan businessmen (tenderpreneurs).
Addressing Uganda parliament – which is filled with Museveni robots – has no bearing to us as Kenyan citizens. We have nothing to learn from Uganda.
The only silver lining to this visit is if the President would be candidly telling Ugandans to respect sovereign borders as drawn at Berlin and as agreed at independence. It is such a sad irony that despite Uhuru’s friendship with Museveni, the Ugandan leader still trashes Kenya’s claim to Migingo island.
Museveni also likes to disdainfully attack Luos – an ethnic group in Kenya – without ever getting a protest from Uhuru’s government. It is like Uhuru’s friendship with Museveni is based on mutual dislike of my community. This is why this trip is the dumbest thing my money -as taxpayer and as a Luo – will be sponsoring!
Going to Kampala is such a dumb idea, Mr. President.
Dikembe Disembe is a pro-CORD political blogger.