Uganda at 56 – A Citizen’s Wishes

Dear President Museveni, on this the 56th anniversary of when the Republic of Uganda became and ‘independent’ and ‘self-governing’ state I remind you of my letter to you of 10th March 2016.  My wishes and prayers for you, here below, extracted from that letter remain relevant and valid.

During your final term in office, Mr. President, I look forward to your renewed leadership that will return us back on course to constitutional governance. You know the fundamental change that you promised Uganda.

With you back on course, exercising your leadership of Uganda within the ethos of constitutional governance, broad based participatory governance, and with you clearly sending out signals for your retirement the media will inevitably change their reporting of you, I promise Mr. President.

Finally, Mr. President, let me be clear. I am among the 37 percent who are eligible to vote in the 2016 Presidential Elections but who did not vote for you. Nor did I vote for Dr. Besigye; and nor did I vote at all. We exercised our constitutional right by clearly sending you and your former friends a message that you were not the ones we wanted to be President of Uganda during the next presidential terms.

Some of us did not vote in order to signal to you and your former friends that there are others who could have been on the ballot who are not you, Mr. President, or your former friends. You, Mr. President and your former friends, are not the only ones. It is time, Mr. President, that you transition us to a post-Museveni, post-Besigye, post-Mbabazi, post-NRA/NRM/NRMO-historicals Uganda.

Whether the new President of Uganda after you Mr. President comes from the NRMO party or from whichever surviving opposition political party at the time, let it be the decision of Ugandans to make the choice, Mr. President.

You are the economist, Mr. President, and from where I sit your leadership seems now experiencing diminishing returns. It is time to retire. I could be wrong.

Nevertheless, I remain among those who long for the day that you will be like your peers with whom you were heralded as Africa’s new breed of leaders who have retired and are living happily in their respective countries.

I am confident, Mr. President, that you will liberate yourself from the chains of the media single story of you. I pray that you will triumph as you always do and that you will transition into being our revered past president who continues to guide our nation, guide Africa and guide ‘the world’, while also personally tending to his beloved cattle in Rwakitura.

Wishing you good health, longevity, a successful final term and a happy retirement, Mr. President,

Yours sincerely,

An active citizen of Uganda.

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