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What if I want only President Yoweri Museveni?

By Vision Reporter

Added 8th March 2005 03:00 AM

There has been and still there is a lot of debate on whether President Yoweri Museveni should be given a third term ekisanja. Much of this debate emanates from the few elites in towns.

Johns Maani

There has been and still there is a lot of debate on whether President Yoweri Museveni should be given a third term ekisanja. Much of this debate emanates from the few elites in towns.

They are opposed to the lifting of term limits even if this means denying the the masses their wishes. They adore the 1995 Constitution (the document) and not the spirit (ultimate purpose) of the document, that is good governance of the Republic of Uganda.

It is unfortunate that we, the peasants, who form the majority are not being given a chance to debate. We have more stakes in the governance of Uganda than the elites because if there was trouble, these elites would run away from Uganda.

The fundamental method, in which we can be allowed to participate in deciding Uganda’s destiny is to allow us to decide whom to entrust our present and future. We hear some politicians and foreigners are planning to ignore the ultimate purpose of the 1995 Constitution to block the man, whom we would want to entrust our destiny with.

We need to be enlightened on this.

We hear this same document (Constitution) says the final authority, on fundamental issues lies with us, the masses. Why can’t our MPs invoke this to protect our interests? However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Some elites, including the VP and some MPs, who have said openly that they will fight (die) for our man, Museveni. We appreciate their frankness and sincerity. We urge other Ugandans to avoid hypocrisy and openly declare total, unswerving support for our man.

This will quash the argument that it is Museveni manipulating his way to remain in power.

We, the masses, will not accept anybody or any force to deny us the right to choose the leader we want. If anybody thinks they have followers, why don’t they compete with our man. What if I want only Museveni? This reminds me of an advertisement on CBS Radio.

According to the advert, a man takes his radio for repair. He tells the technician to repair all faults, including removing other radio band stations. When the repairer asked why he should do that, he was told that “It is only CBS I want in my radio. I find the advert analogous to the current political debate in Uganda.Unlike the radio owner, who doesn’t want other stations, the majority of Ugandans are saying let other stations (parties and individuals) compete with Museveni.

If anyone asks those who still want Museveni, the answer will be: “He is the man I want . The masses from all corners of Uganda have said “We want Museveni”. Why can’t the law makers do the needful and save tax payers’ money on a referendum - whose outcome we all know. Listen to Ugandans and give them their Kaguta. As for me and my house, we are for and will vote for Museveni

The writer hails from Kamwenge

What if I want only President Yoweri Museveni?

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