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We see through the ‘reluctance’ farce

By Vision Reporter

Added 20th November 2005 03:00 AM

SIR — Felix Osike in his article “Museveni to stand” writes that “Museveni has finally succumbed to pressure....” It is Museveni’ s right to say whatever he wants. But as a journalist, you do not have to play along.

SIR — Felix Osike in his article “Museveni to stand” writes that “Museveni has finally succumbed to pressure....” It is Museveni’ s right to say whatever he wants. But as a journalist, you do not have to play along. Journalists must stop pretending that their job is akin to being a politician’s bull horn — that they are just ‘neutral’ conduits of information. In the very least, put the spin in context. You should be embarrassed at this lapse of professional negligence. Right from the alleged, “reluctant leader” act played out over these months, this farce has been as transparent as day light! Give Ugandans some respect, we are not children! Moses Male Kampala


Sir — Your front page story of Thursday, November 17, professed surprise that President Museveni had ‘at last bowed to pressure’ to reluctantly accept the NRM’s presidential nomination. Those of us who have been watching African politics for the last four decades know this reluctance, complete with the ploy of not picking up his nomination papers in time, to be par for the course. You failed to grasp the fact that Museveni has been campaigning for the life presidency of Uganda since 1986, with Amama Mbabazi as the project leader. The ‘going back to my cows’ line was forgotten as soon as it had served its purpose in 2001 and you should have noted all the steps, constitutional changes that were geared to the project. You should not have been surprised by Besigye’s arrest either. With the kind of crowds he has been pulling in western and northern Uganda, it was obvious that theMuseveni/Mbabazi project would be in serious danger by next March if this momentum continued. It was not a surprise, therefore, that fake charges had to be found, including the decade-old ‘rape’ charge. You have failed to grasp that rape charges are normally brought within days of their occurence, not when it is politically expedient for the government. Name withheld on request

We see through the ‘reluctance’ farce

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