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Oh Museveni’s witches fell, what a fall was there, fellow countrymen!

There are lessons from tragic drama that actually reflect closely on the tragedies that befell ministers Evelyn Anite, Mary Karooro Okurut, Adolf Mwesige, Chris Baryomunsi, Elioda Tumwesigye and many others of Museveni’s surrogates and witches.

The loquacious Lydia Wanyoto even survived a beating. Like one joker remarked, this electoral virus is worse than Covid-19; it kills without symptoms, and obliterates its target at a time when their life is sweetest. Anyways, upon the murder of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony remarked: “…great Caesar fell. O, what a fall was there, my countrymen! Then I, and you and all of us fell down.”

In these widely quoted lines, Shakespeare meant to demonstrate that the death or collapse of great men or women – generals, kings, queens, princes, and all other persons in high political positions – men or women with great talents and accomplishments – directly translated into or at the very least, represented the death or disintegration of the people and constituencies behind them.

The people died with their kings, queens, or generals. By the way, his is true of all classic tragic drama – Shakespearean and Greek – as Mark Anthony famously eulogized upon the death of Julius Caesar.

There are examples in contemporary African history: upon the death of Maj Gen Oyite Ojok, the Obote machinery couldn’t hold anymore; and upon the death of President Gregory Kayibanda, Rwanda entered a full-blown genocide. The defeat of Gen Siad Barre entered Somalia into a civil war whose end is not anywhere in sight, 30 years on.

But what happens in cases where generals, kings and queens cannot die – are simply immortal, like gods or beasts?  How do we understand it when the opposite is happening; that is, members of their constituencies are simply being decimated by an electoral bug?

See, the NRA/NRM top soldier, Gen Museveni – who some surrogates have ingratiatingly called God’s deputy in Uganda – has not fallen, but his witches and top surrogates are terribly losing their political lives. 

What does this tell us about the man-god himself, the giver of life to the witches around him? I want to turn Shakespeare upside down and argue that it is a two-way traffic:  If a great General or King loses all his riffle-men, soothsayers, and rainmakers in war, surely that General is also a fallen one.

My contention is this: if the general election were to be as fair as the NRM primary elections, Museveni would have fallen a long time ago. See, with all its open rigging, voter bribery and bloody violence – open gunfire, burning of vehicles, burning of human beings, bloody fist-fights, etcetera, the NRM primary elections remain the fairest in this country. And the idea of lining up behind your candidate even made it more fairer. 

Here, candidates are allowed to wrestle it on their own.  With all contenders dressed in yellow, the regular police, military police, LDUs, RDCs, SFCs, CAOs, LCs are genuinely conflicted on who the enemy is.

With minimal differences, all these contenders have equal access to the privileges of the state, and as Mawogola North – Godfrey Dodo Kaguta, and Shartsi Muserura Kutesa – showed us, they can mobilize the same amount of lethal force, and can assure each other of mutual destruction. What fairness is there beyond this?

Perhaps the only immunized person in the NRM is Mr Museveni.  The seasonal electoral pandemic that often sweeps through his party during the primaries does not touch him. Many powerful men and women have fallen before: Kahinda Otafiire, Jim Muhwezi, Sulaiman Madada, Gilbert Bukenya, Henry Banyenzaki, etc. 

See, Museveni’s vaccines are very potent, and are for him alone:  if he is not coming as sole candidate, he will stage a sham no-competitor primary for himself. He then emerges unopposed.  When exposed to the virus further, he amends the constitution, immortalizing himself further.

To this end, Museveni cannot be killed by the electoral virus, both within his own party or in the general elections. [Well, in the general election, the vaccines are even more potent – they include all those dogs that didn’t know who to attack in the NRM primaries, and the Independent Electoral Commission.  Yes, independent].

So, how does Shakespeare liberate us from this intellectual-political conundrum? What does it mean for a General who constantly loses his witches, riffle-men and rainmakers not to die himself?

It means the pandemic killing his priests and priestesses does not kill him – no matter where it came from. Thusly, his enemies interested in his death have to look beyond the electoral epidemic. Perhaps this is a simple flu to him.

yusufkajura@gmail.com

The author is a PhD fellow at Makerere Institute of Social Research.

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+2 #121 Lakwena 2020-09-15 12:15
Mr. M7/NRM has brought this country to its knees. But the sadistic Jonat of this country want even to deny the victims of backwardness, the anger due to frustration (suffering).

In other words, Jonat is like an abusive parent who brutalizes the shit out of his/her child, but goes ahead to admonish the child not to cry. The more child cries, the more he/she is beaten; until in shock s/he can't cry anymore.

E.g., except under Mr. M7/NRM (7) since and before independence, how many Ugandans have ever committed self-immolation due to hopelessness?

It is/was only in the Orient where Self-immolation is committed as a public protest, especially by Stoic Buddhist Monks. But never have I heard or known of Africans committing Self-immolation, but other forms of suicides like by hanging and self-poisoning..
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+2 #122 Wooden K. 2020-09-15 12:19
You see Jonat , the problem with you is that you substitute or mistake sycompancy for intellect . You betray your parents who paid for your knowledge.

You see collages but call them Uiniversities.
In your eyes , every village becomes a district
A trading centre must have a Mayor.
Towns are named Cities on demand.

You have tyccons whose sourse of income is unkown.
Camera men who think they are journalists.
You get ill-educated people to become Ministers Of Education. Generals that have never been commissioned as soldiers

You have a national language that is never spoken

This is the place where you find Jonat , who thinking he is teaching when he actually is the one that needs a plenty of learning.

Everything is upside down
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+2 #123 Wooden K. 2020-09-15 12:24
Jonat , so you finally got an eye opener !

You are not quiting again, are you ?

Good riddence. You are too good for this ghetho.
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+2 #124 Lakwena 2020-09-15 12:27
In other words Jonat, for the last 35 years and counting; Mr. M7/NRM is an economic, social and political saboteur and as such, an objective enemy of Ugandans.

E.g., look at the proliferation of random violence characterizing the NRM elections in the primaries to the 2021 General Election.

Proverb 6:16-19 says; These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:

1. A proud look (arrogance)
2. A lying tongue,
3. Hands that shed innocent blood,
4. A heart that devises wicked plans,
5. Feet that are swift in running to evil,
6. A false witness who speaks lies, And
7. one who sows discord among brethren.

Wow unto Ugandans under Mr. M7
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+2 #125 Remase 2020-09-15 12:55
It's hurts to the bones how M7's accomplices want us to believe that M7's life presidency is what shows that M7 cares about Uganda!

Those who rent their malls and arcades are paying rent, utilities, toilets, parking and correction of garbage! One ends up not making it in less than a year, that's if he/she is lucky to survive 6 months!

Most people sell their land/property to start a business, but after paying the high taxes, the landlords (M7's accomplices), and high interest loans, they end up with absolutely nothing!

Never before have people ever paid for toilets! Even public toilets were free back then! So, that's the fundamental change M7 has made is 35 years!
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0 #126 Wooden K. 2020-09-15 15:17
Hello Uganda , things MUST change !

Our people are now dying of Covid but the regime is silent.
Our President is buying yellow bicycles , paying off pimps instead of paying attention to what is happening

Where is the lock-down ? The beans , the rice and kawunga ? Where is Karoro , Rugunda and Baryomunsi`s food suppying machine ?

He has picken his appetite for flying as if he is not aware that meetings can now be held scientifically.

Over here , his hypnotonized cheerleaders are excitedly quoting Lee Kuan Yew. Straight from Google.
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+1 #127 Wooden K. 2020-09-15 15:38
Yellow prisoners are at it fighting . Friendly fire.
Their Head Prefect is totally silent . He only goes to Mawogola to sort out a family headache that is made to look like an election.

Meanwhile , Ofwono Ofwondo The Great, is tired of being unnoticed . Emmanuel Dombo The Fat, has slowly toppled him . A bloodless coup ?

True to his character , Ofwono is not going down without a fight , He arranges a "large group " of two men with pangas to raid his home.

Ofwono is on TV- Live. He reports that this large gang of two is ransacking his home , looking for him inside his wardrobes though they know he is armed and has shot someone dead before.

Next day : Ofwono has survived a deadly raid by the Opposition . Halleluyaaa !

Ofwono announces : this is their plan B. I am not scared at all . I need more security .
Wow !
Oh Uganda , who cursed you ???!!!!
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