‘If it wasn’t M7, Jacqueline Mbabazi would be dead’



    By Andrew Mwenda

    Jacqueline Mbabazi was dying. The hospital bill had gone out of the roof. Amama Mbabazi had vowed never to meet up with Museveni and stoop so low to request for his help. The family was divided. Leave the mother to die or run to a man with whom they had fallen out with?

    In the end, one of the daughters Rachael Mbabazi stripped herself of the ego and ran to State House. Museveni was shocked to see her. She broke down with these words; “Mzee, mummy is dying. There is no money. Please help.” Museveni immediately gave an order and asked that Jacqueline’s hospital bills be covered. Even then, Amama being the Mukiga he is, he never called, he never exchanged any words with Museveni.

    Museveni has done these for many of his political opponents such as Amanya Mushega, Norbert Mao just to mention but a few.

    The personality of Museveni is one that is intriguing. He seems to be too merciful but also too cruel when need arises. That he could help a lady who had convinced his man to run against him is shocking.

    But also more shocking is how public money is given out to private individuals without outlined procedures. That Museveni runs Uganda like a small chiefdom while enclosing it in democratic veils.

    The more you learn about the stories in the corridors of power, the more you just stand aside and enjoy Swengere and Taata Sam. I pity people who take Uganda’s politics and politicians serious. It all begins and ends with one man, he is the Alpha and the omega. And the reason he is that way is because it is what works. Obote failed to understand this and twice he lost power. Obote was not practical. Museveni is.

    Finally, in comes the Uganda election petitions.

    In 2001, CJ Benjamin Odoki calls Museveni to inform him that they were going to annul the election. It was a 4 to 1 in favour of annuling the election. Odoki calls Museveni and informs him of how they were going to rule. Museveni picked up the phone and called up everyone of the 4 judges. His words were clear; “go ahead and annul the election, I will be in Rwakitura and the army will take over and we shall see what shall become of your ruling.”

    He called each of them once again and apologised for his outburst. “Forgive my words, please go ahead and rule how you find right.” Two of the judges crossed over and it became a  3 to 2 decision. The story was similar in 2006.

    The judges perhaps later understood that even if they annulled the election, it would still be the same system administering the election. For most change, it is always slow, an evolution of institutions and structures. Rarely does change come out of revolutions and even when it does, it is always short lived and destructive.

    The conclusion here is, what we see on the surface is not the actual power dynamics of a country. Power is much more than that. It is a complex puzzle, a game show, going on and forth about decisions. Young people tend to be theoretical about power and how governments work. Only for them to get power and fall in an abyss. And the only way to understand power is to be close to it. Be there in the late nights when decisions are made, you will learn a thing or two and you will come out humbled and refined.

    And if Museveni has been president for over 3 decades, it is not by chance. He knows which compromises to make, where to crack the whip, which things to turn a blind eye to. Uganda is not incompetent because Museveni is. Rather Museveni is incompetent because poor countries like Uganda require such a character. In such a country where a ministerial position is looked at as an opportunity for a son of the soil to kusaaka for his tribe or clan, you can understand why Museveni has ran this country in this fashion. The Gaps between theory and practice are the quarrels of governance.

    First published on his Facebook wall



    1. Thats your view. If her calendar had ended even if M7 put trillion pounds jack mbbz would still go but her calendar was still on till the time God set for her. However, one who does good deserves a big thank you. Thank u Mzee M7 for your good heart always.

    2. As if the Husband is so poor that he can’t manage to clear the medical bills ,Mwenda should avoid the cheap political propaganda ,Mr. Amama Mbabazi is heavily loaded unlike him( Mwenda ) who has become a state begger !

    3. That is why I will respect his personality to death. He obeys Jesus’ teaching to the core. Love your neighbour friend or enemy. We who want his job fight him but he only defends himself against us. I have never seen him go out publicly to fight any of us. For that he deserves all our respect with no exceptions. We need to differentiate his failures as a president from his achievements as a man. I doubt many humans can measure up to the man he is and that is the honest truth.

    4. Does M7 heal disease? Would Amama not dispose of some of his property (like all of us) to raise the money for treatment? The biggest failure of this Government is establishing a National Health Insurance Scheme that would save us from out of pocket payment for medical services. Samuel Kitamirike Mikenga