Dear honourable Norbert Mao,
Allow me skip the niceties over your recent appointment to the ministerial docket of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, and the usual protocol observed to get to the point: what really were you thinking when you agreed to work with President Yoweri Museveni?
How would you allow what looks like a demotion by being a mere minister in his government?
What was the rationale for your being chosen a minister by someone who you made us believe was your sworn enemy?
How will your party and country benefit from this personal investment? After your demotion - sorry appointment – a little bird told me that that was a political bribe that you seem to have swallowed hook and sinker for your peril, and that of your outfit.
Do you really trust Museveni? Flip it a wee bit to feel its granularity and its rawness. Do you think Museveni trusts you? It’s your choice to trust anybody but not the master hanger of carrots and a gun teeter in the first place. Note that such shotgun marriages scarcely work. And if they do, it is just temporarily.
Have you listened to the members of your party and others who sympathise with the opposition? After solemnising your shotgun marriage, you are quoted as saying, “I have heard voices calling on me to step aside. The reason would have been for instance if members said I will be too busy. That one I would listen.” Did you truly hear and listen? If you did, did you get it?
In another quote, you said: “My aim is to have a better future for our children.”
Whose children do you mean here? What lessons are you offering to the children? Let me refreshen your memory on this aspect of ‘our children.’ Museveni once said that he isn’t anybody’s servant but a freedom pugilist fighting for his belly and his children and grandchildren.
Mao, what have you to say on the allegations that you are but a mole in the opposition? Are you? Aren’t you? You once said that Museveni’s government is corrupt, incompetent and greedy.
Remember when you were addressing what you called the Seven Sisters, namely BP, Chevron, Exxon, Gulf Oil, Mobil, and Shell, Texaco, and then you accused Museveni’s brother of being behind exploiting and privately using Uganda’s oil. I can agree with you that the government is corrupt, inept and greedy. Well, well, when did it stop being so?
Let me remind you of some of your missiles at Museveni’s regime. You once called it a gun rule, which now you have blindly and sheepishly offered to serve. What went wrong?
There are some people who predicted that you were working closely with the regime. For example, Stephen K Muwambi (May 11, 2022) wrote that “Muhoozi’s team is thinking about Mao... shouldn’t surprise anyone abreast of the political goings.”
Thereafter, Museveni is quoted saying, “I met with Democratic Party President Norbert Mao at State House Entebbe. We signed a cooperation agreement between the NRM and the DP. I salute the DP leadership for this gesture of mature, foresighted and constructive politics.”
Now, it has come to pass. Voila, you are in bed with the man! Bambi ba dia if I can borrow from my colleague Olivia Nalubwama. It is like katandika butandisi!
Let me warn you that those who don’t learn from history tend to repeat mistakes. Before you hail your newly found love and honeymoon, please remember about those who fought in the bush with Museveni. If war- hardened fellas fell and some were felled, who are you to become an exception to the general rule?
Mhango is a lifetime member of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL), an expert in terrorism and author of over 20 books.