The list endorsing President Yoweri Museveni for a 5th term in office is long, but it has been worth poring over it.
In brief, 208 out of a possible 216 or so (96.3%) members of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) endorsed Yoweri Museveni as their candidate for president in the 2016 elections, still two years away.
The leadership issue hadn’t even been on the agenda! Instead, it had been put about that the NRM members of Parliament (MPs) who had gone to their annual retreat in Kyankwanzi were going to haul their leader over the coals for rejecting the anti-homosexuality bill. Anti-gay bill tops NRM agenda, the headlines screamed. In another hysterical one, a minister threatened to resign if the bill wasn’t endorsed by his president.
So, we all sat back and waited for President Museveni to be upbraided by his party over his dismissive rejection of the bill they had passed barely two months earlier, and humiliation of Rebecca Kadaga who Museveni called a thoughtless, foolish woman in need of counseling due to her “abnormality.”
And we waited. And waited.
Instead what came out of the meeting were poodles meekly following Yoweri Museveni all the way to an election that is still two years hence!
Notable among the people who didn’t endorse the president were the Right Honorable Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of the 9th Parliament – who has been openly campaigning for the presidential office herself. Also missing on the list of those who lay supine while Museveni walked all over them is the Honorable Chris. Baryomunsi, MP for Kinkizi West. Kadaga might hold out for a while longer but Baryomunsi will apologize and fall into line as surely as day follows night, of that you can be sure.
Buried deep in there at number 166 is the name and signature of none other than … Honorable David Bahati, Member of Parliament for Ndorwa West, the key promoter of the anti-gay bill his colleagues had gone to Kyankwanzi to stuff into Museveni’s backside.
Finally, finally … signatory number 24 to endorse the man standing between him and the enactment of the anti-gay bill …
Drum roll …..
The Honorable Simon Lokodo, MP for Dodoth County and Minister of Ethics and Integrity!!!!!
Haaa, Haaa, Haaa!
But back to the politics of it all:In the third set that was played out between Yoweri Museveni and Rebecca Kadaga at Kyankwanzi (the first two sets were both won handily by Museveni), Miss Kadaga received such a drubbing that she must be reeling in shock. 96% of her colleagues roared her opponent on while he whitewashed her?!
“Poor dear. She revealed her ambitions and tactics far too early. She cannot really ever be president while Museveni is still alive. Where does she go from here?” the political pundits must be wondering.
And rightly so given the 6-0 demolition she received from Kyankwanzi.
And what of the anti-gay bill Kadaga was hoping to propel her to the presidency?
Huh? What anti-gay bill?