I am writing to thank you for all you are doing, and request you to avoid getting distracted
Always remember that you are arguing on a voluntary basis, to develop knowledge, against persons who are paid to maintain a flow of lies.
If you wish to conquer a people, you must first destroy their historical knowledge of themselves. This is the mission the British (and others) began with colonialism, but were compelled to leave before they were finished with the job.
The reason the Brits now love NRM so much is because they have been willing to take up and try and continue the task.
Peddling hate history is a key tactic in this strategy.
But for such Africans, the first thing they must destroy is their ability to love themselves as Africans. They become slavish “house negroes” , working as intellectual guard dogs for Europe’s continuing ambitions in Africa .
Yes, they hate you (in this case Baganda). But that hatred is small in comparision to the self-hatred and secret contempt they often feel for themselves. This is manifested in how they periodically “kwesiluwaza” by resorting to schoolyard jeering and trying to make other “funny” noises in print. It is a recognition inability to maintain a sensible debate until they have been told what to say next. A dog cannot exceed the arguments of its master.
It is one of Africa ‘s modern tragedies.
Now, the challenge for you is to always stay on the point. Stick to the factual argument of substance, no matter how they try to provoke you into other ones.
The facts have been laid out in my last post.
But as I said, the real issue is: what can we learn from such history? Again, I have given my views on what lessons there are.
A increasingly relevant example here is this point I made:
” We see this again with those who used to be in NRM fleeing into exile from very system they have been part of, but also refusing to denounce it, and instead waiting to see how things may return to their favour. Their problem is not the illegitimate way in which the country is being governed, but rather the fact that it has “left them out” of the process.”
As some of you may know, Otto is actually the (partly UK-trained) UPDF officer Sabiiti Mutengesa who had to flee Uganda a few years back after seriously falling out with the then UPDF big man Gen James Kazini. The cause was the ghost soldiers/salaries issue. I don’t know the exact nature of their disagreement over this money.
Ask yourself why he has never returned, even after the death of his nemesis, to either explain his desertion, or resume his duties?
Ask yourself why he retains an unhealthy obsession with any negative thing he can find to say about Buganda , but cannot write one word about what he personally knows about the faults of the UPDF/NRM administrative culture that made him leave the country he professes to love so much?
As a UPDF officer, he presumably would have greater chances of contributing to positive change in the force, than he ever will in Buganda , since he has no standing here. Yet he is silent where he could be effective, and very vocal where he can be of no help at all. What a waste.
Often, our obsessions with other peoples’ business is actually a mask for our deeper anxieties about our own problems. This is why it is good for us to keep our history alive. The more you know about your own ancestors, the less likely you are to become obsessed with other peoples’, as seems to happening with our friend.
The only “good thing” about this case is how Otto has managed to turn all this dysfunction into a paying career.
Once again, I urge you to stand firm, and keep on defending Africa and her cultures.
Sorry for the long post, but as you can see, the problem runs deep.