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.