Mao Ze Dong in 1937, said that active ideological struggle is a major weapon for combating liberalism, and ensuring unity within a revolutionary party. It is evident, that today’s liberalism within the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party is causing the rejection of ideological nourishment, and instead promoting unprincipled peace with decadence.
By Ofwono Opondo
Looking over the political terrain, one can see Kizza Besigye Kifefe, Greg Mugisha Muntu, Robert Kyagulanyi, and Patrick Amuriat Oboi are all dressed up but with nowhere to go, and probably coming to the end of times although NRM shouldn’t write them off as yet.
Slowly, one-by-one, they are fading in demeanor, popular appeal, policy alternatives and the buster of yesteryear although being feathers of a kind still pursuing an ambition.
Paulo Kawanga Ssemogerere who was buried on Monday this week leaves behind a mixed legacy, and has since his last humiliating defeat in 1996 when he ran for the presidency lived a prolonged low key retirement mostly as a scorned and dejected politician trusted by a few.
The high stakes meeting between US President Joe Biden and Xi Jiping this week at the G20 summit ought to come as a relief to the geopolitical trends where since Soviet Union collapse in 1989, Americans took to extreme hegemonism and bullying.
Last week while on the floor, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LoP), and MP Nyendo-Mukungwe in Masaka district, Mathias Mpuuga made bogus lamentations that MPs are saddled with providing public services like healthcare, education, water, street lighting, bridge and road construction otherwise a responsibility of government.
There have been ominous signs of a creeping armed subversion that appears to be instigated and supported by some dissident groups passing for legitimate political opposition outfits seeking a democrat change in Uganda. They are taking advantage of the plethora of social and traditional media platforms to generate hate politics, drive negative agenda and propaganda, mobilize local and Diaspora support, blackmail and intimidate the state and Ugandans.
Suddenly, Rishi Sunak rejected seven weeks ago by majority Conservative members defied the odds as an Indian man to be crowned party leader and UK prime minister without any vote after rivals dropped out in what many see as deal-making where 195 MPs endorsed his nomination. A failed state would have been castigated for failing democracy.
British politics is such that daggers are continuously held to the back of a leader, and so it isn’t wholly surprising that the brand new Prime Minister Liz Truss has fallen spectacularly within 44 days. Six prime ministers in six years. Three-Boris Johnson, Truss and the incoming in two months. So, Labour Leader is right to describe the current acrimony as the “revolving door of chaos,” instigated by raw ambition, scandal, ineptitude and backstabbing by close allies.
Last week Makerere University concluded centenary celebrations that ran for one year marked in social pomp as thousands of alumni, staff and current students across the globe paid accolades for the journey travelled.
A series of salacious tweets this week from Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba had passed off among Uganda’s social media audience as his usual banter, because he had confessed seeking to raise his traction on social media to one million followers, until Kenyans including some in their government felt sufficiently provoked.