Epistle to Afrophobic South Africa
Saturday, 29 October 2022
President William Ruto holds a sword received from former Commander in Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces Uhuru Kenyatta at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, on September 13, 2022. As it turns out, Mr Ruto retained control of the right and centre-right chunk of the state.By Makau Mutua Professor at SUNY Buffalo Law School and Chair of the KHRC.
Tuesday, 25 October 2022
Dear Gen. Yoweri Museveni, President for Life,
Allow me to briefly answer your question that asks: Does Africa have Professors of Economics? Yep. It’s plenty some even jobless. They’re not just Profs of economics but competent ones that some western countries can grab under brain drain, which their maladroit and myopia rulers purposely created thanks to pointless fear and hatred of/against people who spent years in school to become who they’re as opposed to politicians who bribe, rig elections, or start bush wars to get in power?
Gen., Museveni, allow me to humbly ask you a simple question? Does Africa have leaders or rulers? Additionally, do African Presidents have brains and eyes? Why am I asking all this? I simply wonder. how a President like yourself who’s been in power for close four decades fails to know if Africa’s the Profs of economics. How many’ve you created or empowered for the decades you’ve been in power? Gen. Museveni, don’t you know that, in Africa, experts don’t make decision but politicians––––who are not qualified––––do? Do you know why Presidents, Ministers, and MPs enjoy humungous emoluments and salaries while Doctors, Professors, and other Experts of their fields receive peanuts? In Africa, including Uganda, politics bullies and exploits other fields. Interestingly, whereas the Profs of Economics you’re asking if exist in Africa are professionals, politicians are neither professionals nor patriotic.
Ones of the things you suggest would help to develop is the love of Africa or Pan-Africanism and being patriotic. Do you know that those professionals are more patriotic than politicians who vend their countries for their personal gains? Another thing you suggested––––that’s flying in your face––––is democracy! Do you know what democracy means really Gen. Museveni? How much democracy not domocracy or the freedom of jabbering, is there in Uganda to begin with? Do Uganda and Africa in general have democracy or domo-crazy like the one you’re applying in formulating your question to divert attention from the quandary Uganda’s in? Did you mean domocracy when you suggested democracy?
Apart from the above ‘nuggets of wisdom’ if indeed, they’re, you suggest the “building an independent, integrated and self-sustaining national economy.” Is that feasible, and if yes, can you show us how you built it in Uganda in the first place? How can Africa build an integrated and self-sustaining economy amidst bad governance, stinking corruption, nauseating criminality, cult personality, dictatorship, greed, myopia, nepotism, and the likes mostly committed by its rulers? Did you mean self-serving economy for politicians when you said self-sustained national economy? You also said, Africa needs to build independent economy. How can it amidst dependency that our current rulers seem to be at home with? Can a begging Africa do so really? Can extravagant, self-serving and thuggish rules build such an economy practically?
Gen. Museveni, allow me to introduce you to my coming book on Africa’s Internalised Internal colonization, which suggests that Africa must decolonise itself for it to develop. It’ll be published by Mwanaka Publishers, Zimbabwe soon. In the said book, I answer your major question that Africa’s lagging economically because it is colonised by black colonialists (Presidents). I strongly argue that Africans, especially in the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are ready to unite but their rulers are the biggest obstacle of all. If you ask Congolese, Burundians, Kenyans, Rwandans, South Sudanese and Tanzanians that form the EAC if they’d like their colonial-created countries to unite even tomorrow, the answer will be soundly in the affirmative. Again, if you ask their rulers, the answer will soundly be in the negative. Why? Because they don’t want to let go their narrow interests such as enjoying power and its trappings and the discretion they enjoy and use to exploit and fleece poor citizenry.
Gen. Museveni, the last dose. Why, as the President, have you the power to appoint even your wife or promoting your son without being reprimanded? Again, if a doctor appoints his/her wife/husband a helper, it’ll be called nepotism and s/he’ll need to explain.
In sum, Africa unite or perish. That’s the title of my book that’s published by Langaa, Cameroon in 2015 in which, I hypothesise how Africa can develop and help other countries using its humungous resources. Please find it and read it if it pleases you.
Nije kwenye hoja yenyewe. Juzi, nilisoma mapendekezo ya kikosi kazi kisicho kazi hata hivyo kuwa vyama vya siasa vipewe asilimia 10 ya ruzuku inayotengwa kila mwaka kama riziki, sorry, ruzuku. Tunatenga hii njuluku kwa utajiri gani? Kwanini isitengwe na kupewa wakulima wetu badala ya wapiga soga? Kutenga asilimia kumi ni jambo jema japo halina wema kama hatatuangalia yafuatayo:
Mosi, je kwanini hiyo njuluku isipelekwe mahospitalini na mashuleni kwanza? Je ina maana siasa ni mali kuliko elimu na siha zetu? Je inakuwaje tunataka kuwekeza sana katika longolongo badala ya mambo ya muhimu zaidi kama afya na ujuzi?
Tatu, je hitajio la kwanza na muhimu kwa wabongo ni demokrasia aka siasa au mambo mengine wezeshi kama vile miundombinu? Ningekuwa nimeshauliwa au nasikilizwa, ningesema, vyama vya siasa vingoje kidogo japo tuhakikishe kila hospitali na zahanati zina madawa ya kutosha, wafanyakazi wa kutosha, mishahara mizuri na marupurupu mengine. Niviasa vyama kula pini kwanza ili kuhakikisha shule zetu zote zina madawati, walimu, vitabu, na nyumba za walimu vya kutosha mbali na maslahi yanayoingia akilini kwa walimu.
Nne, kabla ya kumwaga neema na ulaji kwa wanasiasia, ningehamishia hilo dau kwenye barabara za vijijini na wilayani ambako ndiko uhai na uzalishaji wa taifa vipo. Huko ndiko madiko diko tunayopwakia kila uchao na mazao ya kibiashara yanayotuingizia uchache wa kigeni yanazalishwa. Nani anaweza kula sera au siasa na kelele za majukwaani au kwenye majumba ya ibada? Nani anautafuta ufalme wa mbinguni ilhali amezama kwenye ujinga na umaskini vya kunuka? Nani huyo asiye na busara anayetaka kuvisha uso kabla ya makalio? Hebu tuelimishane jamanini msijedhani tunatukana au kutetea utopolo na ukandamizaji. Basi kama hiyo pesa imekosa la kuifanyia hadi kuiruzuku na kuwazawadia wana siasia basi itumike kuwapekelekea maji au umeme hawa wahenyekaji ambao jasho na nguvu yao ndivyo vimekuwa injini za taifa tangu kupata uhuru wa bendera. Kama maji yameshindikana, basi tumia fedha hiyo lau kupambana na ukosefu wa ajira kwa kujenga mazingira wenzeshi ya kutengeneza ajira binafsi au za kuajiriwa kwa vijana wetu wanaopoteza muda madarasani na kuishi kuwa machinga wakati wakati wanasiasia na matapeli wengine wakiotesha vitambi kutokana na kuruzukiwa wasipostahiki au kuvuna ambako hawakupanda kwa kupiga domo na kulilisha domo.
Tano, tujiulize. Hii njuluku inayopendekezwa kuwapa wapiga siasa inatoka kwenye kodi ya makapuku wanaozidi kuhenyeshwa na ugumu wa maisha uliyoikabili dunia hata wale wenye nazo au? Je ni haki kuwaacha walipa kodi wengi vijijini bila hata vijibarabara vya changarawe na kuwaruzuku wanasiasa?
Leo sichongi sana. Tukubaliane tena kuelewana. Kwa usawa huu, kwa yeyote mwenye akili timamu, siyo wakati wa kuruzukiana kwa kupiga mikelele. Tunatapanya uchache––––tena mwingi utokanao na kubomubomu––––kwa utajiri upi zaidi ya udhalili tunaouonea fahari kiasi cha wengi kutucheka na kudhani ima tu hamnazo au tuna maradhi ya kichwa? Kuna haja ya kuweka vipaumbele kwenye mambo ya lazima na maana badala ya kuendelea na mazoea yale yale. Wapika kula na walipa kodi wetu hawali siasa. Wanahitaji huduma bora. Wanahitaji barabara, hospitali, shule na zahanati bora na siyo uboreshaji wa ulaji wa wanasiasa ambao hata sera bora hawana. Msinielewe vibaya. Wangekuwa na sera bora tungekuwa kaya kapuku kama tulivo. Tieni akilini na kufikiri na kufanya maamuzi magumu. Tuonane wakati mwingine na mwinginewe.
Saturday, 22 October 2022
Thursday, 20 October 2022
Tuesday, 18 October 2022
Muhoozi, before saying something, I must remind Ugandans the best day the country has ever had. On 24th April 1974, Uganda and the world were blessed with and received one of the most powerful sons of presidents in the world, you. This is the time you (he who avenge or revenges) came to this earth to save some of earthlings from the ennui of a long-time ruler who happens to be one of your makers. It is the time your great mother gave birth to you, the great son of president who wields as much power as his father, the son who needs more power. Indeed, your arrival wasn’t a habitual occasion. It wasn’t like the birth of small men and women who come from poor and weak families. Yours was the birth of a saviour of some sort, especially for those who don’t believe that the more things change the more they remain the same. You know what I mean. Still, you’re a saviour for the status quo so to speak as far as Ugandan politics is concerned.
Dear Muhoozi, a few weeks ago, you, as the most power son of the most powerful man you unveiled what Ugandans need to make do with.. Yep, you started to bite at the power that your dad’s been eating on for long. Because of your significance and that what you want everybody to know and made do with you fired a tweet Kenya threatening to take and occupy it within two weeks. No joke. You’re not joking. Did you mean business or you’re just looking the way take a bite on power and come out of the political closet. This, for me, shows your significance as the son of the most powerful man in Uganda as the most powerful son of the president over the insignificance of the rest that can be taken for a ride. The twosome of–––without forgetting your mother––––are the most powerful people Uganda’s ever had. Let Ugandans know that your trinity’s unshakably intact and unique since you’ve made Uganda what it’s today, rich for them and poor for the rest. Let them know that you still have a lot to offer, and Ugandans must wait for more surprises from this trinity.
Dear good General, underscoring your greatness and significance, I propose that next time you tweet, all Uganda’s media must support you by subscribing to your tweeter account I propose that your tweets must be made breaking news in all Ugandan media. I know those who don’t like you, dear good general, will wag tongues thinking I’m trying to get a mileage out of this assertion, or I might have been paid to say this. Nope, what I’m saying is as simple as the tweets themselves. I know those who don’t know the importance of the first family, you, the mother general, and the father general, wrongly think that their lives––––that are adversely impinged on with uncertainties your tweets cause. Go figure. Guys, who are you in Uganda? Who bewitched or cheated you not to get it?
Dear General, when the story of your tweets and threats to Kenya surfaced in the media, a friend sent me an email complaining about the uncertainties they’d cause. Also, he’s concern about the EAC, which’s never delivered anything. I scolded him to stop being selfish, evil, and naïve since things have changed. Christians believe Jesus died for their sins though they’re told everybody to carry one’s cross. To the contrary, politicians believe that citizens must die for them and their sins. Methinks this is the genesis for many African rulers to live larger than life while their taxpayers live in penury. I told the guy to consider other related things such as the disturbances democracy’s been causing in many African countries that tried it and ended up abusing it through vote rigging and tampering with constitutions to extend their time in office.
Dear General, methinks Ugandans––––whether they like it or not–––should brace themselves to see you becoming their leader shall anything happen to your father. This is simple to decipher. When I consider your gruff rise in the army, you can easily know what I mean. Also, if you interrogate the reason[s] behind your father’s clinging unto power, you’ll be on the same page with me. More so, if you consider the powers your mom has behind the curtains, you’ll agree with my hypothesis. To give those who pretend to deny the truth, I want them to ask themselves as to why your tweets are leaving everybody shocked? Is the system testing the waters? Is it preparing Ugandans psychologically for what’s in the card in the upper echelons of power wherein manipulations are one of bread and butter of its mainstay? Why have you become such important this time around? Let’s get as serious as a seal instead of trying to screw over this rear up of your display. What do you aim to achieve if not more power?
Dear General, in sum, let me wish you a very spiffy tweeting mission. The Swahili sage’s it that clouds are the signs of rains. Therefore, what you’re seeing with regards to your centrality is but the beginning if not the tip of the iceberg. Tweeting threatening the neighbour is one leg in the waters. The sage’s it that if you can’t beat them, join them. Whether they like you or not, they need to understand Uganda’s power dynamics, especially after your dad came to power and altered everything to his advantage. If he were able to prop up you so quickly that way in the military, how can he fail to do so in the office of the president? Once again, Dear General, you seem to brace yourself for big things. Big things come to big people. That’s my titbits of sagacity. Ring-a-ding-ding, nothing but.
Source: Daily Monitor today.