Gyebale Mwami Museveni, thank you for being our supreme leader (I think this is befitting since all the decisions in this country seem to be done by you) the country appreciates the good that has come with your presence in our lives since before my mother even knew I would exist in her life. You have been a constant in my life even if we have never met but because you rule a country I call home, a country that I will forever love without any hesitation.
Ssebo Kaguta, I was born in 1990 just to bring you up to speed; therefore I am what they might call a Museveni generation because the only President I have known all my life is you. I have gone through all the different versions of your regimes, with little adoring eyes in your earlier years I adored you; to me you were a pillar of authority that fought for those who could never have as much as our neighbors that lived behind the 8 feet fence. I always thought you could do no wrong, after all folk lore said you are one of the forgotten gods of ancient times who sees everything we do. I wanted to be just like you when I grow up.
In my teenage years, I had a certain loathing for Mr Bisikye as my tribesmen call him because to me he was trying to distort this beautiful utopia of a country that you have built for us your adoring citizens. I saw the devil in him. How dare he try to bring war back? A war you fought so hard to take out of our country, a war you went to the bush for. Whenever he roamed our streets; I saw tear gas, a saw citizens crying for their leader to rescue them from this menace that was roaming the streets and creating chaos. Such an awful man that Bisikye.
I am 26 years old now, I have seen things Mwami Museveni that have moved my heart to tears. Things that have made my soul cry out for some semblance of good authority in this country, my eyes can see now. I used to wear rose covered glasses when it came to you but I do not anymore. You were a good leader at some point, with good intentions for this country. You wanted it to grow and blossom, you wanted your people to remember you as the glorious leader who made it possible for others to build a better future for their children’s children.
Yet, now it looks far worse off than it ever did; I speak as a humble girl from Manafwa. Manafwa is that district you jetted into to hand out t-shirts and caps during campaigns, that same district that lacks any proper medical facilities apart from Mrs Perez’s little two bedroom clinic and a few scattered pharmacies that always lack medicine for the ailing. That same district, has never known clean water from taps or seen tarmac roads, the only tarmac we had stopped in Mayenze but after decades of no progress it eroded away. Talking about erosion, the bridge from our main town Nabumali that connects you over the River Kufu has seen days and when it rains we never have passable roads oba what roads though? Lady Allen passed by before elections just to make us feel that UNRA cares but since then, nothing.
Did you even know that Manafwa has so much tourism potential? It is nestled right across Wanale so you have beautiful views and direct trekking paths to the Mount Elgon. My Grandfather is sick, it breaks my heart that they cannot diagnose his illness because my country needs iPads and expensive cars for ministers that never go back home to deliver what they promised during election season but sit in parliament arguing about who is sleeping with who and what they will be watching over the internet. I am so amazed that the children in the Bubulo do not have desks, books or other important necessary equipment for their education but you let our August house commune over who should receive the next 5million. I say “you” because you are the executive in this country and should be leading by example.
You cannot tell us to look for peace yet when common Ugandans fight for their rights with no guns or spears, they are teargased, canned and imprisoned. Many in government speak of how as Ugandans we are ungrateful but Ssebo please ask them for me how many taxes they pay in a year and see it all go down the drain because leaders need a 10 car convoy to move around the country.
Yes, we are very angry; we shouldn’t be but we are… The people need to be listened to, before the MPs are handed new cars, new iPads, new homes and a lot of per- diem payments why not review what they are doing over the course of the stay in office then see what they deserve to get paid? Oba as Ugandans we do not deserve good things. We are tired of fundraising for everyone that needs to go for an operation because our country does not have good hospitals. An actual country whose leaders need to be flown out to be treated because they have no faith in their own system.
Imagine being scared of calling the police when you are in trouble because you know they might be working with the same thugs who robbed you, the state of affairs for ordinary Ugandans is not good ssebo and we deserve to get angry.
We deserve change, not PR led ideas of a progress we do not seem to see.
That Girl From Manafwa