Let us say this straight away. Lt Gen Kainerugaba Muhoozi is the crown president, subject to a bad occurrence. And this is as incontestable as the day follows night axiom. The opposition, notably Dr. Kiiza Besigye and Bobi Wine, conspired to crown Muhoozi the next president! How? Kindly hold it there…
Hear us out folks, the 2026 general election is going to amount to nothing else, but to an exercise to ratify what is, even now, obvious! To put it much simpler, Muhoozi’s participation in those elections, can be equated to his father taking a leisure walk away from State House. It simply doesn’t mean that the old man wouldn’t return to the comfort of State House! Gory No!
Get this right, we are not proposing that Muhoozi should be sworn in right away. It is a legal requirement that presidents must be determined by elections. Thank you very much, we fully know this one. But we mean, in our case, a presidential election is, but a sheer formality. It endorses what we already know! Unfortunately, that is the realism. Nothing less, nothing more. Period!
Take this, Yoweri Museveni Kaguta Tibuhaburwa has been enlightening us about how mere papers(votes) do not remove the quarter pins. But who can begrudge the man and his opinion? He has been there. He has seen it all. So, Tibuhaburwa knows what he is talking about. Yet we, again, waste precious time, by leaving every useful thing on our tables, to go and line up, in the name of supposedly voting a president of our choice. Such a folly! The story…
Museveni promotes Besigye
Lest we digress, we now revert to the subject of this write-up. Tibuhaburwa and his people made Bobi Wine and, before then, Dr Kiiza aka Kizza Besigye Kifeefe. And now, Bobi Wine and Besigye have knowingly or unknowingly, conspired to return the favor to Mzee Tibus via his crowned political successor in Muhoozi!
Museveni started to promote Besigye the day the man of Kasangati, issued a missive lampooning him and his ruling party, of derailing from the virtues that took them to the bush. Oh, Kifeefe’s missive shook Kaguta like an earthquake! Tibuhaburwa right away directed that Kifeefe be marched off to the Court Martial. For, Museveni asserted, the native of Nakabango had used the wrong forum to address matters of the ruling party and the military. Well, Kifeefe prevailed after Tibuhaburwa agreed to his (Kifeefe’s) request to part ways with the army
This was the mistake number one. Such was the gravity of the blunder that Tibuhaburwa has since learned never, ever again to repeat. If you think we are bluffing, check out Gen David Sejusa. The former larger-than-life decorated general-turned-light-paper weight, is sitting there in Naguru with a big story to tell about how Tibuhaburwa is no longer taking lightly, matters of soldiers wishing to resign.
Upon receiving the discharge letter, Besigye proclaimed his wish to take on his former CiC in the race for State House. Why not? In any case, Kifeefe was no longer a subject of the court martial. Tibuhaburwa from this time forth, made all sorts of blunders in order to try to stop Kifeefe. Those gaffes were exploited by Kifeefe and his sympathizers, to depict Tibuhaburwa not only as a power-hungry man, but also as a nervous guy, uncomfortable with the universal legalities of being tested through an election.
The more, Tibuhaburwa messed up by, for instance, subjecting Kifeefe to fake rape and treason charges, imprisoning him, following him here and there and, from time to time, using fake laws or creating some, in order to dishonestly knock him out of the presidential race, the more each and every one in Uganda and around the globe, cared to fully take interest in the now trending political enigma in Kifeefe.
Yet before all these, a few guys had cared to know about a certain biological species known as Kifeefe. And here now was Tibuhaburwa innocently hyping him, in the name of stopping him from enjoying his constitutionally as well universally regarded rights! Lest Kifeefe ends up by detaining us here, suffice it to say that ever since that time, Tibuhaburwa has never been the same. The world now highly suspects him to be a power-hungry guy, in the league of the `idiots` he overthrew yesteryears in order to restore human rights and democracy.
Museveni as Bobi’s marketer
The least said about the Kamwokya young man, Bobi Wine, the better. Kifeefe has done everything possibly possible to block the muzzukulu from enjoying his rights ever since that day he chose to run for State House. From the presidential guards brutalizing him from inside the rather august house, arraigning the muzzukulu before court complete with gory torture marks, to attacking him inside the hotel room in Gulu, Bobi has suffered it all. But the more Tibuhaburwa has subjected Bobi to nasty treatment, the more he has earned him loads of support, sympathy as well as admirers here and abroad.
Besigye, Bobi turns favor
By repeatedly gossiping about Muhoozi’s presidency, the two politicians and their ilk have at the same time been helping to sell it widely. This, regardless whether they have been doing it wittingly, or not. Other than nattering about Muhoozi, the opposition would have done themselves a lot of favor by strategizing how to tackle Muhoozi during the actual presidential race.
Furthermore, such talk, one can argue, prompted Muhoozi and his admirers to ask why he was the only one among the rest, being treated as an illegal presidential aspirant, yet he has all the qualities required to run for the office and to occupy it! Angered by the noise, Muhoozi and his admirers, most probably, could have chosen to finally throw the hat in the ring. For the ring to separate the men from the boys. If not, to separate the wheat from the chuff.
Away from that, we have been made to understand how Museveni had not initially warmed up to the idea of being succeeded by Muhoozi. On the contrary, Museveni is thought to have cast his favor on Amama Mbabazi. But to this, we shall revert as we go on.
Well, the more Kifeefe threatened to prosecute Museveni over what he calls his excesses during the time he has been in State House, the more, the old man would as well think seriously about the Muhoozi presidential project. This is, but a natural instinct. For just anyone faced with the option of choosing between being subjected to a bad life after losing power and that of anointing his own child to succeed him, would most likely choose the latter option.
For, a child would have less appetite to harm their own parent. In any case, if that parent has ceded power to the child. Yet, we don’t think, such can happen in case, what is more, of a politician threatening to harm a retired leader! And who, moreover, has ceded power to them.
Away from that, we have been informed as well that Muhoozi had also ignored politics. He was instead looking at building a career in the military. But for politicians threatening to harm his family members, he changed that position. This is how he started to think seriously about taking after his dad. Put simpler, just as the dad, Muhoozi, in changing his eyes from being a military man to State House, he was thinking of survival and comfort after his father had left office.
We have been made to know how Tibuhaburwa had warmed up to the idea of Amama Mbabazi succeeding him. But he would gradually start drifting away from Amama. This stance, after learning that his aloofness and arrogance had alienated the Kanungu man from the NRM core support and even outside the party. Amama wasn’t being loathed within the NRM alone. To majority of the bush war generals and even senior military officers, the idea of saluting a certain Amama as CiC, was `sickening`.
Theirs’ was the view that a man who didn’t fight in Luweero, couldn’t be saluted by those who braved the bullets. The fact that Tibuhaburwa was favoring Amama over them, was unsettling the combatants too. For the record, Amama was during the war, largely based outside the country. But that was the case because, Amama was doing the job of marketing the rebel group outside and beyond the country.
Even more disgusting to the combatants, was the fact that Museveni had given Amama the leverage to chair the highest organ of the military. This is referred to as the Military Council. To add injury to insult, Amama was using those privileges to take decisions that were of grave consequences to the combatants plus senior military officers. Oh, how this made combatants to hate Amama!
The war combatants had on several occasions, made it abundantly clear to the top leadership that it was wrong for a civilian, to meddle in matters of the bush war generals and military officers. Nonetheless, the CiC hadn’t given a damn to what the combatants were talking about. Amama was his buddy. And so, the CiC wasn’t expected to annoy him.
But Kaguta would change his favoritism for Amama later on. This, after receiving such intelligence one after the other. While he was still at it, Museveni received yet more intelligence of Amama scheming to bring him down. Amama was thought to be doing this by creating networks within the party organs and government offices. Oh, Tibuhaburwa was devastated! He quickly let go of Amama before subjecting him to a harsh campaign of his lifetime.
Yet we have been here to discuss the role Besigye, Bobi and their ilk have played in marketing Muhoozi. We have done our best to do this, with the material we have had. We now invite you to enrich the debate. For any contributions, kindly WhatsApp +256772621522
- Mr. Stephen Kasozi Muwambi is a seasoned crime investigative writer, majoring in judicial-based stories. His two decades’ experience as a senior investigative journalist has made him one of the best to reckon on in Uganda. He can also be reached via [email protected]
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