An entire nation has been fooled to believe that Museveni is a superstar. Some people can’t even imagine a Uganda without him. 34 years is quite a very long period and we are all conditioned to feel helpless against ” an all time wise and cunning leader “.
Yet Museveni is so vulnerable today than ever before. He is surrounded with vulture like individuals and groups and the love for power made him a captive of different forces. I therefore get irritated listening or watching Ugandans reading too much in Museveni’s weekend cabinet reshuffle….some people sound as if they are explaining and solving a mathematical question set by the greatest political mathematician…yet even Mr.Museveni cant tell how he fell into the political ditch or how he can get himself and the Country out of it.
Museveni is only lucky in that even when he is stuck,confused or fails Ugandans read strategy in his deeds. We put a reason for whatever he does….yet the man is in some cases struggling to stay afloat…..perception is such deceptive!
To me there is nothing to read in this particular reshuffle… Museveni is stuck with some people like his wife,Sam Kuteesa,Kivejinja, who are not up to the assignment but he can’t drop them….he is a hostage of his own weaving that turned the cabinet into a puzzle.He walks a delicate path to satisfy the self afflicted regional,religious, rewarding, bribing formulars….merit is nolonger in his sight.
He appoints ministers but depends on a team of self seeking insiders to run the Country….imagine, what can my sister Nabanja do in the Ministry of health…imagine Museveni has a medical Doctor Baryomunsi in cabinet but he assigns nursing aide to do general duties in the ministry of health…if this is not insanity what else can you call it?
What can my young brother Ogwang do in ICT, with his arrogance and aloofness what can Tumwebaze do in the Gender Ministry,what can Adolf Mwesigye do in the defence Ministry? Jungling in the confusion,Museveni has bastardized what would have been a prestigious position of a Presidential advisor! Because he can’t bring himself to fire anyone, everybody who gets dropped as a Minister or even RDC is given a consolation position of advisor.
With a belligerent Rwanda plus reduced authority in the regional and continental politics,an economy on its kneels resulting into high poverty levels, ever growing insecurity in the country, an out of hand militant young population whose anger is worsened by high levels of unemployment, a declining image internationally, a growing opposition at home exemplified by a restless and agitated population, escalating corruption,broken down institutions, untamed public administration budget, Lords and untouchable individuals who have positioned themselves as real power holders and of course advanced age that has resulted into visible signs of health deterioration.
The situation is worsened by the obvious increased meddling into administration of the State by the first family a thing that is creating uneasiness and hostility in the Country’s ruling clique. It therefore follows that Mr Museveni is at his worst today.
Museveni sat for ages to work out a cabinet reshuffle however despite the effort what was released the other day is a list of representatives of the different groups holding him hostage….its not a team to offer direction and solution to the vicious circle of problems Museveni and Uganda finds themselves in.
Please dont read any sense in the new cabinet its just hopelessness at its peak.
Nambooze is a Member of Parliament for Mukono Municipality.
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