Uhuru Speech to Uganda parliament has been termed as the most horrible in recent past by ahead of state of a democratic country. This is even sad, as he squandered an opportunity to flex Kenya’s muscle as the leader of the Free East, Central and Southern Africa.
By pandering to Museveni, Uhuru abdicated his responsibility of showcasing Kenya’s power-place and influence in the region. Museveni has effectively upstaged Uhuru as the undisputed and defacto leader of East Africa. And by holding Uhuru’s hand, he has effectively led him on the path of poor governance, subversion of the rule of law and subjugation of the Kenyan people.
Uganda, a country that is in a firm grip of dictator Yoweri Museveni is preparing for a general election and the Ugandan people would hope that a superpower like Kenya would offer the Opposition there moral support from to help foster democracy and freedom of speech. Its against this back drop that progressive members of parliament found H.E Uhuru Kenyattaâ€™s speech underwhelming to say the least.
Security analyst and Star guest columnist Sospeter Otieno in a facebook posting, was more blunt when he observed the following;
“Museveni by playing â€œKanu yajenga nchiâ€ for Uhuru, gave the world a hint of what he thinks of Jubilee or the Moi-ist parties. Museveni’s choice of the KANU jajenga nchi hymn is rooted in his geopolitical understanding of East Africa since his guerrilla days. As a person with a good command of the History of this region, Museveni knows that all these TNA, URP, Amani are all Kanu parties, ideologically rooted in Kenyaâ€™s dark past- more similar to Idi Amin.
Its disheartening that Uhuru, after gobbling up close to half a billion in the Ugandan trip, he delivered a spectacularly horrible speech, thatâ€™s devoid of substance, other than deepening the Mugabe-isque narrative of â€œliberation dictatorshipâ€.
Describing it as Baloney, Sospeter adds that;
Uhuru-Museveni-Mugabe tongue-lashing is the narrative that says, the only way to ensure national unity is to sit on the people, deny them freedoms, all in the name of fostering self rule. Itâ€™s a narrative that creates a phony nationalistic aura, by invoking colonialism and slavery. That even though the citizens rights and democracy are undermined, Ugandans and Kenyans should rejoice because the African despot rooted out the colonialists.
That even as we complain of dictatorship, any system ruled by black leaders is better than colonialism, and so we should shut up.
Colonialism and slavery is part of our heritage, but Uhuru should have used his bully pulpit to proclaim more urgent and pertinent issues, like the expansion of freedom and democratic space. Kenya’s leverage in instigating change in Uganda may include an Israeli like blockade of Mombasa-Uganda Railway, and the sensible Kikwete may be enlisted by Raila to deny the landlocked Uganda from using the Port of Dar-Es-Salaam- to continue until Museveni institutes certain changes consistent with democracy.
The African is hungrier, thirstier and less free than he was during the colonial era. The African governments are more corrupt and in worse economic states than they were in the colonial era. What we sought as Africans was greater freedoms, but what we got was the subjugation of a people, whites- whites went, and black- whites took over, and yes, Kenya and Uganda are Museveni and Kenyatta colonies, where they rule with an iron fist.
Uhuru and Museveni can work together in denying asylum to opposition activists, running away from their respective brutal regimes in Kenya and Uganda. I can bet you this will be on the table. Uhuru will especially come in handy.with a first congratulatory message should Museveni rig himself back to another legal term. These 2 countries may work together in the surveillance and monitoring of opposition activists. Spectacular failure”.