Is Mao another Obote deceiving Buganda and Ugandans??


Fellow UAH,
As much as I honestly appreciate the debates about our country, I am also saddened by those who tend to discourage others by attacks instead of amicable reasoning.
Some Baganda are still uncomfortable with Mao’s candidature because he is an Acholi, a tribe always linked to late Milton Obote, and this cannot simply be ignored. I see their statements as being courageous and stating it as they think, surely for the good of Uganda. Why should we always beat around the bush and yet we debate for the good of our country? What some Baganda state about the fear of electing an Acholi to the presidency of Uganda, is shared by many Ugandans, and even some of those who are participants in our UAH debates, are simply afraid of attacks.
I tend to write my mind and always try to explain my meaning to those who at times challenge me. But this issue of looking at Mao as another Obote in early stages should be better addressed instead of being dismissed.

I stated about my closest friends during my military service and that included Acholi. I also stated about the troops who fired at our car, obviously with intent to kill me and my colleagues. I also mentioned an Acholi soldier who tried to have me killed, but saved by another Acholi, one of the Body Guards of Oyite Ojok (RIP). Even when the other one tried to call for help from the Military Police so as to have me killed, the Military Officer, Lt. Okwera dismissed all the allegations against me and thus saved my life.
Having stated the above, I want to remind you that I have always stated that Uganda is a family. I have pointed out that we are all related more than some people would wish to acknowledge. I wrote about the fact that since the creation of Uganda, we have intermarried and have children from all over the country, so that we all Ugandans are intertwined.
So, where does the fear of Acholi come from?
Refresh yourselves from the time Idi Amin was toppled. The period leading to the 1980 elections, about which I wrote. Don’t you forget Dr. A. M. Obote’s rule 1966-1971. I wrote about that and also what people said that, ”Even the walls had ears”.
I am not afraid of the Acholi presidency, but those who are, have the right to know that there should not be any cause for alarm. Dismissing their concern is not the proper way to calm all those who feel that way.

BJ. Rubin.


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7 responses »

  1. Jonny Rubin,

    First, let me ask you this:

    Why did that Acholi man want you killed? What had you done that warrant him to see that you are dead?

    You have written some things about your relations with Acholi right from the time of Iddi Amin. I will need to go over some of what you wrote to see what indeed might be the concerns, especially as far as you are concerned! If an Acholi wanted you dead, it couldn’t be because there weren’t any reasons. And it is only you who can address the issue. Stating that an Acholi wanted you dead, and yet another Acholi stopped you from getting killed, does not mean anything. It does not mean that Acholi are killers!! Plain and simple!

    Second, We all know what happened in Uganda. The killings in Luwero, no one can for certain say these are the people who killed folks in Luwero! Luwero was a war zone and every freaking gunman or woman then killed someone. I personally witnessed the shooting death of an Acholi officer – gunned down by an NRA Kadogo, whom I did not see, but was told a Kadogo gunned the man down. We were in a Bus from Gulu. NRA stopped the Bus in Wabolenzi; requested that everyone gets off the Bus. The then UNLA/F officer was among the first people who got off the Bus, and was shot instantly in the head. I was still in the Bus waiting on a queue to get out, and heard a gun shot explode. He was the only army officer in the Bus.

    Nonetheless, when all was said and done; when they, NRA, finished doing their things, they ordered us to get back into the Bus and ordered the driver to return back to where he came from and not proceed to Kampala. The driver turned around and drove the Bus back to Wabolenzi trading center. If you know the place well, the Bus was stopped right about the top of the hill just after the trading center. We turned back and spend the night in Wabolenzi. At night, NRA soldiers were everywhere in the center. We were in the Bus. Luckily they did not do anything to us. In the morning we took off for Kampala through some panya roads I don’t even know. From Wabolenzi, we ended up in Mukono. From Mukono, we drove to Kampala.

    Now, was it an Acholi who shot that Acholi officer dead, before the very eyes of the Bus occupants? The answer is NO!

    I have noticed you many times try to come across xenophobic against Acholi people however much you try to hide. I remember you talking of tracking down an Acholi army man who was afraid of Amin regime, if my memory serves me right, and asked him what he was the matter. I do not know you, and I do not know what you did in Uganda. You have talked of Acholi soldiers getting massacred just beside Namasagali College. All these are little anecdotal pieces that need to be piece together. You never know; we might just have a treasure trove!

    Anyways, what I want to say here is, every single Ugandan who carried gun then killed somebody. The many skulls in Luwero triangle include Acholi skulls too. All deaths are equally painful; therefore, don’t ever try to think that it is your only death that is painful! Wrong!

    You therefore cannot fret and say, “I am afraid of an Acholi presidency”! If you are a criminal or committed some crimes in the past, that deep down you believe an Acholi presidency would excavate, say so, and confess (I don’t mean you literally; I am just making a general statement here).

    Many people have been forgiven that way. Don’t let your fears stand on the way of transforming the country, because sooner of later you will realize that your fears indeed, cannot stop the forces of transformation, and that is when you will begin to see stars allover again.

    I am not afraid of anyone’s presidency, be it that of Baganda, Banyankole, Bakiga, An Acholi, on and on. I am not afraid. Why? Because the country is not my personal property! The country belongs to millions of other fellow Ugandans. Unless I have reasons to support my taking a position against the presidency of an individual like I do, the presidency of Yoweri Museveni, I don’t see why I should uselessly try to fight the presidency of a people of Uganda. I don’t like the presidency of Yoweri Museveni because he is a criminal. We cannot allow criminals to lead the country. Museveni engineered the war that killed millions of Ugandans. He needs to answer for that! Museveni claims he fought because of election rigging. What did he do when he came to power? Rigged elections! Museveni claims he fought corruption and stupidity in governance. What did he do when he came to power? Corruption and idiocy are through the roof! There is even no ideology guiding his government! So, why should Ugandans continue to allow such?

    Just so you know, I don’t think your fears of Acholi presidency will stop anyone from voting for an Acholi to become the president of the country. Acholi presidency is only a matter of when. This is also true of the rest. For those who have baggages that are keeping them prisoners, I say come out. You will feel much better!


  2. First tell us what has Besigye done for Uganda, apart from taking Museveni’s wife. Has he ever been elected, going to parliament , then in the army they used just to appoint.

    You talk of facts, but which facts have you presented to us to conform to your notation that an Acholi can be in making of a langi.

    The reason people used to support Besigye was the fact that he was a soldier, nothing more, Ugandans were used to coups and to them they thought having Besigye stand against Museveni would create some movement in the army to remove Museveni, that all. Now those few who thought like that now accept, Besigye does not have the support in the army he claimed to have, therefore those people will be the same people who will turn to a civilian to take power away from a soldier and that is where Besigye is going to lose to Mao.

    No amount of spin will take away the facts, and you see it is only very few people with such a mind set like yourself, some people have interacted nationally, they don’t see any difference between people due to tribes. I for one think Muntu could be a good president, i even think Muhoozi would be better than the father, so please you can satisfy your beliefs but the facts remain Mao is here to stay.

  3. I think in the current politics of Uganda most people came out to contest on the presidency basically to change the way Uganda is being governed, and it could have been viewed that a single effort could not up-root M7 from the chair. Thats why the people thought of a combined effort which ended up making a coalition.

    My question is; If they were not the selfish interests of Mao, Why did he refuse to join the coalition of IPC so that votes are not watsed? Would Besigye have refused to give any ministerial post to Mao?

  4. I was once convinced that Mao was the best politician Uganda could have had as a national leader but his refusal to join to go hand in hand with his colleagues in the IPC coalition laid bare his true self; a self-seeker. No wonder President Museveni is set to trounce them all hands down.

  5. You ask “Is Mao another Obote deceiving Buganda and Ugandans because he is an Acholi a tribe liked to Obote.”,

    I ask “Is Besigye worse than Museveni because he also comes from Western Uganda, fought with Museveni in the bush and has no experience at all in an elective public office.”

    And get facts right, Mao did not refuse to join IPC. DP refused to join IPC. Mao is a member of IPC. And already IPC is falling apart.

  6. I did not ever thought there are still stupid People like BJ. Rubin.The deference between Besigye and Museveni is that Museveni is the Rightfully elected President of Uganda and Besigye is just a angry quote Museveni said “we fought for this and no one will just come and take it away from us”tellin oppositions,And Besigye said “u just don’t come and take what u have not worked for”reacting to the pressure Muntu mounted on him during the party presidency campaign.I believe there are many Ugandans who think right u do not actually deserve to write on this forum unless this is the purpose.

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