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23.10.2017 Feature Article

Mwenda Can Do Better Than Attacking Bobi Wine And His Supporters!

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It's quite telling that our celebratory journalist usually only emerges from the sewers when there is an opportunity to spout his Besigye/ Bobi Wine -hating opposition propaganda, which is amply demonstrated in his latest post.

Looking at it from an observer's point of view, as we are the only ones who can be influenced, opinions are formed based not only on what is posted but also the manner in which postings are made. Anyone resorting to insults, in this case of the very most despicable nature, means from an observer's position anything they post will have no credibility whatsoever. Calling Bobi Wine '' ignorant, emotional and lacking in an alternative vision for our country', was uncalled for. He has his ideas and should be respected. I'm not one of his supporters but he has given voice to so many, he is a ceaseless supporter of people's rights through his music and parliamentary activities, and is working so hard to help the indigenous people. Bobi isn't an emergency to Uganda. Somebody else is!

I have a lot of trouble believing there's anyone here whose views can be changed one hair either by Andrew Mwenda or by Museveni anymore (and most people will be wise enough to not even bother to read). So them two might as well go indulge in their "necessary" extreme measures in private. I think it's safe to assert that by this time the various participants in this yelling match have made their positions clear to all onlookers. I recognize that the point of protest is to divert us from crucial issues, but please, he shouldnt divert us from the ongoing debate on age-limit and land bills.

Mwenda really is lacking in personal integrity. He made the claim that I'm part of the TVO group, and that really made me read his views with a pinch of salt. He has no hesitation or compunction about just telling another bald faced lie,when faced with his own mendacity. He has put innocent people in harms way and has never apologized for it! And now he's self claiming to have written the truth about Bobi Wine?

As I look around, I see it in so many of us, all of us suffering to one degree or another from this virus that overtakes us. The truth no longer matters. Museveni's disciples have made lies the new normal, and it's contagious. We are already entrenched in a fascist regime, as Mrs. Mbabazi once said, and talk alone is incapable of healing what Museveni has wrought.

By his reckoning, ''Museveni is not in power by accident. He is there by organization and strategy.''.....Well, pretty sure all dictators are, and i'm not going to refute this. However, one of the problems continues to be the imperturbable belief that "NRM" are good and "opposition" are bad and that there isn't the slightest ambiguity about this. Yes, I agree with Mwenda that the ' opposition lack alternative ideas and believe their anger is sufficient to cause change'. Nevertheless,most of the time their anger isn't misplaced.

The most recent and most emotional event by far is the killing of a young man in Rukingiri by the police over age limit protests. Our law enforcement kills young men for little or no reason. They disrespect our citizens, making them second class, they flog elders such as Besigye, and treat them like little children in police fans. Grenades have been found in homes of opposition leaders resisting the presidential age limit removal. And what's more upsetting is the fact that those at the top level of government supports all these draconian things.

So, basically the opposition have the capacity to identify the causes of their grief. There is a wealth of solid validated information regarding the unique situation Uganda has found itself in. Dozens of political/social/psychological/philosophical professionals have credibly weighed in on this topic. I'll leave it to him to access this, as long as he doesn't limit himself to the 2011 and 2016 election percentages. The only answer is education to the masses and resistance(defiance) of the biased system, but bringing that about has not yet been successful. He(Mwenda) can be part of that solution. Just him saying that power is something that has to be 'cultivated, accumulated, harnessed and consolidated' when he seems to be singing praises for the other side, amounts to nothing.

People who feel powerless in the world have always felt disdain towards those perceived to be their oppressors. Instead of Mwenda yelling about disrespect, intellectual laziness, and some crap about road construction statistics(simanyi Museveni has constructed more roads), he should listen to what Bobi's supporters had to say. And in doing so, he will learn something:They have a point. And he is missing it!

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,
Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
"In tribute to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Uganda, two bastions of strength in a world filled with strife, discrimination and terrorism."

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba, © 2017

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