Yesterday Mr Museveni was celebrating what appeared to be his 75th birthday. Unlike in the recent past when the day was met by a fiesta thrown all over NRM party offices mainly in Kampala, this year’s seemed a humble of the kind as the old man spent his day at Kisozi doing farm work.
Museveni’s birthday has over the years been subjected to debate as the public sank in a deep sea of doubt. ”Museveni’s real age can be arithmetically determined with a calculator or if possible we do a biological carbon-dating test”, says Alex, one of the youths who were arrested in Masaka a few years back as they carried Museveni’s birthday cake with what they back then called his real age, 75. This was around 2015 when the police broke into the celebrations and swung into action to arrest dozens of youths.
Could this be a relief of last year’s tribute from his arch critique?
Much as Museveni believes he is a born of September 15 1944, there is a huge doubting section of Ugandans who say the old man is doing it like professional footballers who hide their age to remain marketable. Similarly, Mr Museveni trims his age to remain appealing to the youth circles. After all, he at one point bragged of how he feels like a 30-year-old yet by then he had clocked 70.
Dr Stella’s birthday tribute
In the 34 year tenure of Mr Museveni, never in his life had he seen a courageous lady like the kind souled in Stella Nyanzi the celebrated Makerere academician. The tribute which came as poetry directly tackled Mr Museveni and brought him to his knees as revealed by some of the state aides. Dickson Bill Ndyabaki (SFC soldier) one of the witnesses in the concluded Stella Nyanzi trial testified that the president’s peace was disturbed by the poetry language used by Stella. The poem was recited for more than three times amid loud silence. An aide read it from the paper when it was printed out.
“Some of the guards present preserved their laughter to avoid embarrassing the president, but everything seemed funny though disgusting”, a State House aide reveals to this site.
For the rest of the day, all State House staff members were restrained from laughing as thus would anger the president. Nobody was allowed to laugh at anything. It all seemed as though there was a mourning moment. In fact, it is reported that even flags flew at half mast.
Dr Stella speaks out
Even in her conviction, Dr Stella Nyanzi remains unremorseful for her poetics. Like the Aristotles and Socrates of the time, Nyanzi’s poem will be read for as long as this country exists. “I don’t regret anything. I’m not armed, I don’t have any weapons other than pen and paper. At least my weapon hit him where it hurts”, says Nyanzi as she recounts of the strength of her works.