Long serving leaders in Africa have been falling in quick succession, since the days of the Arab Spring. As much as they deny similarities, made wild threats and scampered to secure their power, events have not spared them and history is rewriting itself, once again proving to doubters that all dictators must fall.
Hundreds of thousand of Zimbabweans of all political persuasions are on the streets of Zimbabwe, celebrating the ouster of Robert Mugabe from the presidency. Mugabe was put under House Arrest, as the party party convenes to formally remove him from power.
Mugabe’s hold on Zimbabwe power and on ZANU-PF is not much different from. They follow the same diabolical pattern of purging comrades from power, sacking ambitious leaders, killing off competitors, in the expectation of removing hope for change. The latest mistake for Mugabe was his sacking of the country’s vice president, in a last minute effort to make way for his wife and enable her to consolidate her power, akin to Museveni’s appointment of wife to ministerial posts, and sacking of the party secretary general, who has some power in the party. The two used very similar methods to extend their bloody rein.
The rise of the youth
At the fore front of the popular revolt on the streets of Zimbabwean are the country’s youth. Without distinction in tribe or party, they are unanimously pulling down giant billboards, sculptures, burning effigies, and dismantling every image that reminds them of the brutal dictator, while rising new faces and proclaiming freedom. NRM youth would absolutely, and dramatically do the exact same thing, when they realise that their leader was about to lose power. They would be at the front of the uprising.
The army commander made a move on Mugabe earlier in the week, and the army statement said they were targeting “criminals around him” but they must have realised on close scrutiny that if you’re surrounded by criminals, you must be the criminal kingpin yourself, hence they put him under house arrest, as mobilization of party to remove him formally was going on. The criminals around him were mostly his foulmouthed wife, whom the party is also removing from her position of ZANU-PF head for the women’s league, and who is already in exile.
From old women to little children, to ageing men and Zimbabwean youth, the whole country is in a state of outpouring joy and being thankful to the military officers, raising their pictures high, for making the ultimate move of the long-serving leader.
Long serving leaders across Africa have been falling every few years and now months. The manner in which they fall reveals that they had no desire to leave power, or standby plan. As such, they are rounded up with their close families and cronies, and given either the mercy of exile or killed if the uprising turns hot. But one thing that is for sure is that long serving African dictators are in the eye of a storm – and are effectively living on borrowed time. Africans always change their leaders, it unfathomable why leaders do not follow democratic means to come or to go, and choose to fall by the sword each time. Maybe they take the importance of the initial victory higher than they should, and despise the people
In the hierarchy of Africa’s long serving dictators, Mugabe and Museveni have been on top of the list. Now that Mugabe has fallen, Africa is definitely anxious to see the end of Museveni’s bloody rule too. As Ugandan youth are celebrating with Zimbabweans on their victory, so will Zimbabweans and youth all around Africa celebrating when the moment comes. As it stands, it will not be long, as Museveni is committing yet another treacherous act trying to remove age limit from the constitution, so that he could stand again after the constitutional age limit in purged, and he is busy wasting the taxes of Ugandans on this scheme, while doctors are on strike for no pay and poor working conditions.
Opposition should protect its Own!
A rare phenomenon exists in the groups opposed to the dictatorial regime in our country today, that makes them seem unfit for the great cause of liberation. Basic revolutionary code demands that a force must protect itself – its fighters, and those who support its cause, from the attacks of their common enemy.
But not Ugandan opposition groups. They view this – protecting the revolution, as the concern of each independent opposition group or person. This is also how they approach the task of liberating the country – going it solo!
They meet, “agree”, even “sign”… and yet before the sun goes down they lie, cheat and betray themselves. Every day they say “all we want is to – overthrow this dictatorship, create authentic democracy and protect you.
Unless we believe that logic works the same way the chameleon works, personally I don’t think protection, or democracy could come from one who does not stand on a principle for a full day!
It is because of believing such fallacies (misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning), that those who fought the 1980-86 struggle, ended up creating bufere democracy and a mafia state
We all know that the opposition parties/group/camps do not agree (consent), on pretty much anything, it doesn’t matter if they claim to agree, because the actions give it away, but the protection of revolutionary fighters like Nyanzi, and the supporters of the revolution – this is so pertinent that a mutual defense pact needs to be in place, for a common response against the strikes of the mafia regime, against them.
Protecting your own is a cardinal principle in revolutionary politics. Not only locally, but also regionally. The popular rebellion in Sudan North should by now have benefited from loud voices of support from Ugandan opposition.
How to do it – protecting fighters is protecting the revolution
The strategy of political opposition in Uganda should be broad in its coverage of political matters, and all inclusive in terms of its appeal.
Exposing the evils of the junta regime locally, regionally & internally
The opposition groups should seize every incident of the mafia and junta regime, each time they unleash terror against the citizens, killing of innocents, jailing innocents, and using the judiciary system as tools of political oppression. The opposition should seize each and every incident of these to decisively record, report and expose it across all corners of the country, the region and the international forums. This is a core function of peaceful opposition, and it should not be done without coordination of the groups, but all opposition players should have a common approach to exposing the regime. The junta regime loosing credibility locally, regionally & globally for its jailing opponents, activists, shutting businesses of those perceived to be not supporting the military junta in private sector, stiffing free speech by shutting newspapers and radios, and creating sub-human conditions for citizens in hospitals, schools, jails – these serve as material to build the right momentum for popular liberation of the country.
Pinning down the Individuals who carry out injustice
The individuals within the junta regime who are the executioners and purveyors of injustice who carry out the matching orders from the political junta, against citizens, should be meticulously recorded in the black books of Uganda’s history. Their names should be mentioned out out of the noise and cries they met on innocents, to be on the record as tools of political persecution, so that they may not escape justice when the junta can no-longer protect them. The opposition needs to be meticulous, thorough and scientific when pinning injustice to the real individuals who carry them out, and all their assistants – you cannot bring justice to a land without pinning the ones who committed the injustice. So all those members in the army, police, intelligence, judiciary and other areas of the junta state who are doing the work of political mercenaries should be well documented and exposed to the public, for the day of reckoning
Again this something that all political opposition would find common ground on, since they’re affected by it, so a common approach and efforts to doing it is the right answer to protecting themselves against the excesses of the junta regime
It is not logical to say say: we’re going to win the coming election, if you cannot win personal freedom first. Obviously you’re not allowed to mobilise for the said election. If as opposition politician, your personal freedom is debatable, then by all means your mission is not winning elections, it is winning freedom!
Do not claim on the podium, to be the poster child of certain values, while in fact, there is no evidence of you having put such values in action
Congratulations to the new FDC party President
We, Young Revolution, wish to congratulations to the new FDC party President, Patrick Oboi Amuriat on a transparent victory. Forum for democratic change has lived up-to its name – democratic change, by divulging power transparently to a new leader. Not a single vote was stolen or lost, and there was no interference with delegates – they exercised their complete free will.
By choosing Patrick Oboi Amuriat, over Mugisha Muntu, the delegates were convinced that this change was what FDC needed. Change means change in FDC.
Let us remember that the very essence essence of politics is to change policy. Policy reflects people’s thinking and aspirations, not just at a party level but at a national level. So we congratulate Patrick Oboi Amuriat for espousing that which a trodden people have hope in. Some efforts by detractors of FDC have been made to brand Amuriat and his approach, to use their words “radical”, especially in comparison to Muntu and his approaches, which FDC detractors see as “gentle” and “calm”. Personalities react differently to the dangers they face. From where I stand, it is FDC leaders, supporters and well wishers that have been killed, wounded, imprisoned, teargassed, trodden on and denied their human liberty to assemble. If you have a heart for those people, you cannot blame FDC and indeed a wider section of the Ugandan population to change their relationship with the state that is killing them, to one of self protection and self defense. If Amuriat can give hope and reason to the people to defend their freedoms, rights and liberties, other than go down under the boots of the other political camp, that is a good thing, not a bad thing.
On the vote process, we saw the true, transparent free will of Ugandans at play in the election of FDC. By comparison, if this were NRM delegates, you’d hear of arrests of candidates, delegates pre-selected or bribed in the halls of their hotels, threatened and the integrity of the whose process sent to the dogs. So it is a triumph to hold free and fair elections at a party level, it is reflective of the type of election that could be organised by FDC as a government. That precedent needs to be set, and set it was, not once not twice but most of the time FDC held delegates conferences and election of party president. Free exercise has always reigned.
Ugandans are interesting in solving Uganda’s bigger problems such, moving away from tribalism in party or government and ethno-politics, corruption, semi-military government and creating a true democracy. These are prerequisites for economic order an growth.
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