Today, Museveni delivered his twelfth televised address where he was expected to give the cabinet resolution on the fate of the truck drivers and guide the direction of the lock down. Majority of Ugandans had tuned in to know if the 21 day lockdown would be eased but surprisingly as usual, Museveni failed to communicate. Most of the time he was reciting his old guidelines, past Bush war life and his common rhetoric. The continued registration of COVID-19 cases majority of which have turned out to be linked to truck drivers has sparked fury in the impatient public largely damaged by the lock down. Currently, of all Uganda’s last covid cases, 9 are Tanzanian while 5 are Kenyan transit truck drivers. Whereas Mr. Museveni shared their new measures to curtail this category of people from becoming another problem to the indigenes, he could not end his address without torching into concerns raised by his main political threat, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine of the People Power movement.
Museveni agrees with Bobi on COVID-19 Kadaga bribe
In fact, Museveni ends up agreeing with all the points raised by Bobi Wine. On the issue of the parliamentary COVID-19 handshake, Mr. Museveni smartly ousted himself out of the hot soup and left Kadaga stuck in the dilemma. Whereas it’s common knowledge basing on past precedents that parliament cannot allocate itself funds without Museveni’s consent, Museveni inadvertently blames Kadaga for giving MPs the shs 20m. Literally, Museveni tends to agree with Bobi Wine that this money is against the will of the people. He cautions legislators legislators who could have used that money for their own benefit. “If you used the money wrongly, you’ll pay it back. You’ll be forced to refund from your own salaries,” Museveni warned. For those who have already spent it luxuriously like the Kakumiro woman MP and state health minister, Robinah Nabajja they’ll be compelled to present their accountability to the auditor general. Bobi Wine had earlier termed this same money as a bribe and this is what had implored him to refund it. As a pro-people leader, Bobi could not take such money when deep down in all Ugandan towns, people are languishing in starvation.
Zaake in, NRM MPs out of cells
For a full week since the Mityana MP, Zaake Francis was arrested on Sunday, April 19 Ugandans had raised concerns about how police was acting partisan. Unlike Zaake who reaped torture from his humanitarian activities of saving the underprivileged, other NRM legislators like the Kyotera MP and Microfinance minister, Haruna Kasolo would be even offered police security. This selectivity prompted Bobi Wine and several other political analysts to condemn Zaake’s arrest. Sadly, police did not heed and in fact, other NRM MPs like Hanifa Kawooya and Rosemary Sseninde persisted moreover in the discredited manner of gathering masses. In his address, Museveni conceded defeat and nearly made a public apology. He questioned the arrest of Zaake when NRM MPs doing similar things are spared out. “How do you arrest Zaake and leave out the NRM MPs including ministers who are giving out food? This will have to be looked into,” Museveni said on TV. All these follow the pressure externally pressed by Bobi Wine and several Ugandan activists who launched a cyber campaign condemning the arrest and torture of Zaake. Museveni is just creating a diversion to save himself from being swallowed by the shame associated with Zaake’s illegal detention.