Democratic Party President Norbert Mao quoted a poem by William Butler Yeats to describe the current crisis that President Museveni’s government is going through.
The Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature wrote the poem “The Second Coming” in 1919, using Christian imagery regarding the Apocalypse and Second Coming allegorically to describe the atmosphere of post-war Europe.
Deceased Nigerian novelist and father of African literature, Chinua Achebe, based on the same poem to write his famous novel “Things Fall Apart”—a story chronicling pre-colonial life in the south-eastern part of Nigeria and the arrival of the Europeans during the late nineteenth century.
“Our Ship of State is being lashed and battered by multiple storms of hate, impunity, violence, lies, anger and bitterness. Yet the Captain’s courtiers say all is well! The social contract with citizens is torn. I say steer the ship well or move out. Move or you will be moved!” Mao said.
He was mourning the death of maverick police officer Muhammad Kirumira who was gunned down in Bulenga on Saturday night.
“Tragic! RIP Afande Kirumira. ‘Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity’,” Mao summed up all the predicament Museveni is facing.
Mao has earlier praised Nalongo Nana, a Kampala businesswoman who stormed a tax policy meeting and shamed leaders for thinking about their stomachs and forgetting about the common man.
“I once spoke of the two deck ship. Desperate lower deck passengers denied water will puncture the bottom of the ship to get water. The ship goes down. Disruption is the name of the game! Soon we shall have those pained by decades of broken promises storming all meetings!” he said.
Mao says ultimately Ugandans have to resort to the power of the powerless.
“Ignoring and disrupting the script of the oppressor and refusing to cooperate in our torment. No one is above the law. No one is below the law.”
Brutality and repression
He said the state brutality in Uganda reached a new high with the violent abduction of MPs Francis Zaake and Bobi Wine from the airport and their incarceration at a hospital.
“We condemn this primitivity which is a violation of their rights and demand that they be released immediately.”
Appearing on NBS television, Mao said the government has got the best spinners in the world; unfortunately they cannot spine the situation of Hon. Zaake and Bobi Wine.
“The media should server national interest and shine a torch where there is violation. The State needs the media and the media needs the state. There are contradictions that are normal between the state and the media.”
He said the media also has its pulse in the people and that the regime is being challenged by people who used to praise it.
“During the LRA days, I struggled to tell the world that there is no peace in Uganda. It was as if there was a conspiracy. The President says Bobi Wine is okay, the Deputy speaker comes out and says he is in pain. The UPDF spokesperson is coming out to apologize! The whole thing is ‘sambalasambala’.”
Mao said NRM is unlucky that the western world has picked interest in the issues here.
“These SFC people are our brothers, sisters, fathers who come from our communities. They can be traced in this era of social media. Where will they hide?”
What happened in Arua was one drop that makes the cup to over flow, Mao noted, adding that it was indiscipline of the political class including President Museveni who congratulates SFC for torturing people and bribes in elections.
“What sort of game is this when you keep all the jokers and you hand me all the useless cards? Ugandans have finally accepted that this government is not what they thought. It is good finally Ugandans are asking how do we renegotiate?”
He added: I want to tell the security agencies, you are not the first to hold a gun and power. Even the Roman Empire was brought down by a man on the cross.”
To the officers, men and women of the UPDF and those of the police, Mao urged that they serve institutions and conduct reflect upon those institutions.
“I say serve in such a manner that honours the uniforms you wear. For as sure as night follows day, there will be days of reckoning!”
Mao said as a political leader, he doesn’t control the bazukulu [grandchildren] but only has his voice.
“I only want sanity in the country. Ugandans have the powers to uproot this government. My worry is after uprooting, what will we plant?”
Mao said the only tool the bazukulu have is disruption, they are disrupting everything because the government is pushing people too far.