My first read today morning was an article penned by the man who holds the highest office in the land, His Excellency Yoweri Museveni Kaguta. It was shared in one of my class whatsapp groups, so delved into reading what the benevolent leader had written on Trump and the Liberals.
A very rich article that provides a historical perspective but also questions the objectives of the so called so western allies and the emergence of China and Russia as well as Trump working with Russia, which scares the current establishment. (THE CONFUSION, INGRATITUDE AS WELL AS THE DANGER OF THE WESTERN LIBERALS AND THE TRUMP THERAPY.)
With the ease of sharing info provided by Whatsapp, I shared it in another group which culminated into a discussion of who Museveni is in relation to what he had written.
One thing that stands among the discussants is, we all have a strong admiration for Museveni, his machinations and how he manages to hold his court together using unorthodox methods. The dissection of the history he narrates with ease and flow in that article is what he practices inadvertently or consciously to lead our banana republic.
The discussants were “Echo”, “Tango”, “Quebec” and “Foxtrot” and I reproduce their rumblings after the long read:
18/02, 08:05] Tango: That’s a fantastic read by Museveni. You can see the Cold War era ideology and his communist agenda didn’t completely fade
[18/02, 08:11] Echo: But it’s a good perspective
[18/02, 08:11] Echo: Our friends are not our friends
[18/02, 08:11] Echo: And the man has to position himself for a Trump
[18/02, 09:05] Tango: Museveni is deep guy when it comes to philosophy
[18/02, 09:10] Echo: Admirable that is his game. He knows history he has learned from it and it serves him right. That’s the complexity about him that other players don’t understand. Always 3 steps ahead of the game in 3D chess
[18/02, 09:11] Quebec: I don’t like the man. I admire him though. And there lies the irony.
[18/02, 09:15] Echo: Similar. I keep telling some friends that I would love to have a conversation with that man. Not about his politics but his beliefs
[18/02, 09:16] Quebec: Well his beliefs have certainly been tested by the hands of time. And just like the hands,they’ve moved.
[18/02, 09:18] Echo: M7 exercises fluidity that no one gets. He has a pulse on tiny things. He has his foot grounded but also knows how to keep his power in his hands.
[18/02, 09:19] Echo: His beliefs… they have toyed from socialism to bad capitalism. He is doing what he wrote in that article for a small nation. Divide them till the last bit.
[18/02, 09:22] Quebec: 👍🏽 I believe that he’s compulsively greedy but with an insatiable desire to cause and be a part of practical change. He’s a generally practical man. Not without shortcomings but practical.
[18/02, 09:24] Echo: He was… but he got obsessed with building a monarch. That is the diversion that has him lost.
[18/02, 09:24] Foxtrot: Well put Echo
[18/02, 09:25] Echo: We are in a monarch but we don’t accept it cos we have peace. We drink. We sleep. We have a semblance of survival. But we are not moving to anything that will stop us from begging.
[18/02, 09:25] Quebec: My mzee likes to reason with me on this subject.
[18/02, 09:27] Quebec: He says Museveni attempted to change Uganda’s fate. But that the change that he actually achieved was “his people.” He won’t say more. 😂😂
[18/02, 09:27] Echo: The truth after some time… when your income changes you want stability. You don’t mind regime entrenchment cos you provide, stay in your castle surrounded by slums… you say why toy with JPAM when M7 offers me the stability for my growth
[18/02, 09:28] Echo: Yesss that systematic monarchy building… we need the blue print…
[18/02, 09:29] Foxtrot: Man, In school, his people were few. Nowadays, they are quite many.
[18/02, 09:29] Echo: Well you know the trade…
[18/02, 09:29] Echo: China model. Have a huge population. Educate it and take over the world.
[18/02, 09:29] Foxtrot: True story
[18/02, 09:31] Echo: Other Ugandans model. Populate. Educate in UPE. Drop out. Sell yr inherited land. Buy a boda. Watch premier league and bet. And die
[18/02, 09:31] Quebec: Indoctrinate it is more precise. Museveni is even so sure of his approach that he doesn’t mind calling it just that; indoctrination. 😂
[18/02, 09:32] Echo: He has a general model and a Kiruhura model
[18/02, 09:32] Quebec: Echo, we should write a book. 😂😂😂
[18/02, 09:34] Tango: To truly understand the monarchy they are building, look at the composition of institutions that can legally use violence. Especially the junior and middle rank officers. That’s where power is based.
[18/02, 09:35] Quebec: My mzee says that when he was growing up, it was unheard of for Kiruhura people to go to school. They had cows which = money. Right now there’s an elite class of educated Kiruhura people. In all sectors is government. The man has made it.
[18/02, 09:35] Echo: That man read his books. I just wanna peek in his library
[18/02, 09:36] Echo: He must have Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Ottoman Empire, Napoleon books
[18/02, 09:36] Echo: And Machiavelli
[18/02, 09:36] Quebec: Tango, that’s true. 78% of ASPs are from one region. They’re the bosses of chaos who’ve been in Police for eons. Go figure
[18/02, 09:36] Echo: By the way he implements Machiavelli to the word
[18/02, 09:37] Echo: That started with the war in the north. Every IO was from same region.
[18/02, 09:38] Echo: So he has his ears in the army well. Does he need that army no. It’s so unloyal. Have another army
[18/02, 09:41] Echo: Hahahaha M7 does not like print. He had to recall sowing the mustard seed and have alternative facts checked again cos people were punching holes in it. You remember Towing the correct line by Besigye’s sister. ✌🏾
[18/02, 09:45] Quebec: But what’s life anyway. Change is gradual. It grows on people. Let it.
[18/02, 09:46] Echo: And we are not immortal…
[18/02, 09:46] Echo: But systematic building and entrenchment are hard to break…
[18/02, 09:46] Echo: Years later have we broken off the Berlin Conference of 1886
[18/02, 09:47] Echo: We are still slaves but we wear ties now and drive second hand cars…
[18/02, 09:47] Quebec: Educate. Entrench. Build.
[18/02, 09:47] Tango: My suspicion is that this thing can’t hold without M7 at the helm. They are many power centers and agendas by those people who are supposed to be part of his monarchy
[18/02, 09:48] Echo: He is aware of that… that’s why Muhoozi can’t stay a foot soldier. Let him now learn the politics of the palace.
[18/02, 09:49] Echo: Nothing beats someone who knows how the floor factory worker thinks and he is now CEO