In his open letter to the bazzukulu, the President said that in 1969, he had self-sponsored study research in northern Uganda to find out the vital economic progress of the common man there.
By Hudu Hussein, Deputy RDC Buikwe District
Congratulations President Yoweri Museveni on a well-accomplished countrywide educational tour of wealth creation, which history will for ages adorn with pearls of unmatched reverence.
He stands counted as Mwalimu Yoweri Museveni, the political incarnate of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere. And, just like Frantz Fanon writes of the trials and tribulations of the Algerian revolution, I commend the President for working the NRM revolution by letting the people know that as it is written in The Wretched of the Earth, “the land belongs to those who work it” and “slavery is the opposite of work and that work presupposes freedom, responsibility and consciousness”.
It is my hope that the politics of this country will be wholly revolutionised by this tour. That is an effort not of a few, but all of us who have the duty to respond to it. Most interestingly, while President Museveni has taken it personal to go around the 20 zones of Uganda teaching the common man ideas and ways of obtaining wealth, the Opposition is busy condemning the performance of his executive duties branding it as offensive to electoral laws. I find that devoid of the least logic there can be.
He who alleges must prove – if the Opposition thinks President Museveni offended electoral laws by painstakingly going against his busy schedule to help Ugandans out of poverty, they should go to court. To them, it is unbearably evil that the President should be seen with his fellow countrymen discussing ways and means of making the nation greater and yet it is adorable for them to hold concerts insulting the President and strategising his downfall. It is a shame.
Perhaps, what made the Opposition bitter is not necessarily the wealth creation tour; but the crowds of the common Ugandans struggling just to get a glimpse at their President – when the Bobi Wines saw crowds of both young and old gather around him with an appetite that the heart has for blood, they became aware of their very misty future seeing that 2021 was no longer any prophet’s secret.
In his open letter to the bazzukulu, the President said that in 1969, he had self-sponsored study research in northern Uganda to find out the vital economic progress of the common man there. At Bobi’s age, a not so wealthy Museveni had his mind on finding solutions to peasants deep in northern Uganda, while Bobi is spending his well-accumulated wealth on converging people to showcase his abilities in the Laraka raka dance in the same north.
While Museveni was demonstrating his visionary economic insight by organising the anti- – subsistence campaign as early as 1966, no Opposition leader has so far had a socially beneficial campaign presented to even his own constituency.
All they care about is when they can be addressed as “Mr President” forgetting that before pregnancy, there is conception and before that is copulation prior to which there should be a courtship – all before a human being is born.
In 1970, Museveni was already learning the operation of government in the intelligence service of the day having been raised as a born again Christian leader at Ntare School, the founder of the university Students’ African Revolutionary Front activist group in Tanzania at University and led a student delegation to FRELIMO territory in Mozambique – that is one brought up to lead. Today, some want to march from the studio to State House purely on the basis of emotion! No upbringing whatsoever!
That aside, I wish to call all of us to the reality of what the President is transmitting to the nation; most households – 68% of Ugandans to be exact are still locked in subsistence agriculture. These are daily working not for their economic progress, but for their stomachs.
This of course translates into a nationwide tragedy because the GDP of Uganda depends not on how sweet or sour Museveni is, but on how Ugandans spend their human and natural resources.
Statistically, with the available government funds such as the Youth Fund, wealth creation fund, Women’s Fund, Innovation Fund and microfinance fund totalling to annual sh437.2b, and three additional funds indicated by the President to soon be made available, that is, the value addition fund for the 20 zones depending on the locally available raw-materials; the myooga (specialisation) funds and the leaders’ SACCOS fund; Ugandans that heed to the message of the President shall be remembered as those whose listening ear and diligent hand lifted our economy, adding to it an extra $54b making it a $74b economy.
This will happen, if each of the eight million homesteads respond to the message of the President and work towards commercialised production earning sh20m per year. This is what I call Musevenism – the politics, not of mere excitement and throwing bottles at judges, but of strategy and well–calculated success.
The youths should draw inspiration from the President’s own story in the open letter. He believes and did, as a youth believe in practical social transformation of society avoiding drugs, alcohol and non-beneficial company being himself a son of a local traditional mother.
Today, it is unwise to draw inspiration from already successful politicians in the Opposition whose life discipline isn’t worth emulating – those who have no practical solutions to our needs by ideology or experience. But we are blessed that our President has both experience and ideology and we should wake up and take advantage of his presence as we strive to keep him still with us.