By Odaka Asuman
Like a love relationship, political contestation is a game which inspires and attracts only challengers who are either equal in status or have developed feelings that s/he is at the same status with the incumbent. Nobody challenges a person who, himself or herself is convinced is not at an equal footing with. Even in Dhupadhola we say “….kisi dhano geyo kama nyalo….” Loosely meaning everybody touches where he reaches.
Just like its in politics, (a general rule) people who fall in unconditional and comfortable love relationships will always have an equalisation element between them. This can be in terms of educational standards, financial status, social status etc. I am however cognizant of the exceptional situations as well.
This thought reminds me of a song of a song of our local artist…..bwooba kifafa, n’abakumatira nabo baba bifafa, …… I.e. if you’re deaf, you will be courted by the deaf, if educated will be courted by the educated, if you’re a bafoon, you’ll be courted by buffoons, …etc and therefore if you are a respected president, your competitors will only be presidential caliber or you come down to the ‘buffoonery’ levels you would want to push them to.
For sometime now, with amazement have listened to many people especially the supporters of Museveni abusing, demeaning, downgrading, insulting, belittling and or speaking about #BobiWine as an inexperienced, excited former drug abusre who doesn’t match the rich caliber of the son of Kaguta.
But each time these people open their mouths to down grade #BobiWine, I ask myself if they actually know or understand the propaganda value this has in favour of #HEBobiWine presidential journey, for this unsophisticated, pedestrians propaganda strategy portrays them as simply panicky rumour mongers, disorganized at their game, scared to the bone marrow, stuck with a competent opponent and gambling group devoid of any reason.
It either pulls BobiWine to no other league less than to the level of political tactician, military genius and an experienced statesman, the group wants to categories Museveni.
In fact, whenever the supporters of Mr. Museveni down grade #BobiWine, they are in opposite down grading and abusing their own man as a mate of a hooligan, a mate of a drug abuser, mate of ghetto muyaye and by extension the same a failure by Museveni to create better conditions and environment where competent and able nationals could be groomed into national leadership. Therefore, if Bobi Wine presidency is to condemn Uganda, Museveni and his group should stand guilty and should be convicted for leading us to this point. Otherwise as things stand now whatever Bobi Wine is, whether bad or good, he is only to the extent of his mate Museveni.
In fact to show how unsophisticated Museveni group is, even when they have to attack their opponents they do it in a very shabby way that it’s easily boomerangs to their disadvantage.
Even grounds where they would try hard to convince the people that actually the #BobiWine and ghetto story is one of success stories of the Museveni rule where a ghetto nobody works hard, rises and dreams to be president of a great nation, but still they fail
Even where they have achievements, they seem so inadequate to even explain and enumerate them with confidence without making a fool of themselves.
But we must remember that before Bobi Wine emerged, previous elections had attracted very polished politicians who opted to challenge Museveni. Talk about P.K. Ssemwogerere, talk about celebrated education planner of M.K. Mayanja class, the word smith Nobert Mao, Jaberi Bidandi Ssali, intelligent and decorated military officers like Col. Besigye, Breg. J.P.A. Mbabazi, Gen. Biraro, prof. Baryamureba among others.
Despite the supposed proficiency in leadership and wide experience in politics, Museveni seemed way ahead of them in the power game, their support and performance seemed no match. And many regret their action to even stand against the man. Yet others are walloping in frustrations as engineered by Mr. Museveni system which doesn’t favor or reward merits. Museveni has constructed a system of politics whereby to contest in an election, your level of madness must be a little higher; devoid of moral integrity and very risky to engage in.
Closely observed, whereas these were playing civilised politics, Museveni was playing the ghetto politics of hiring artists, comedians, musicians etc to attract for him people, the trouble now is that the people Museveni used to hire to attract for him people to fill the campaign rallies are not merely supporting Musevenis opponents but themselves are his opponents that is why Museveni’s is blame.
He invited the ghetto to political rallies so he should humbly put up with the masters of the ghetto politics as they have now decided to do it themselves.
I have also heard many insulting #BobiWine supporters as very unserious lot of people who have decided to front an inexperienced and raw popstar musician who has no capability or even experience in governance to run a nation, who has no aota of knowledge even about Fiscal policy, but if the picture is as bad as they want to put it, isn’t this a national tragedy which Museveni must never be forgiven about. But also didn’t we see professionals in fiscal policy sell banks on whatsApp??
Secondly isn’t Museveni activities in the ghetto and subsequent appointment of the likes of Butchaman, Kusasira, Fool figure, Sipapa among others an admission that Dr. Museveni has lowered himself, the quality of his leadership to a good for nothing Bobi Wine is a mate to Museveni.
My personal observation is that #BobiWine is a real problem which Museveni cannot ignore or even solve.
The conduct and behaviours of his lieutenants, the adverse effect evidenced the loss of weight of Museveni, visa saga and the budget support dilemma we know from the donor world.
The panicky mood and evident failure to lay fingers on the magic button leaves the question, HAS MUSEVENI AND THE QUALITY OF HIS LEADERSHIP SO LOW TO MEET THE GHETTO OR THE GHETTO CHAPS HAVE EMPOWERED THEMSELVES ENOUGH TO DR. MUSEVENI LEVEL
The writer is an aspiring MP, Tororo Municipality 2021
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