One thing about Ugandans is the high rate at which we get excited over anything and how fast we quickly move on. Just a year and few months ago, the talk of town & villages was “the political wave”.
True to it’s nature, it sent some shocks but did not gather enough strength to graduate into a storm. There was alot of excitement among the youth especially the “tiktokers” many saw themselves as part of the movement that was to change the political scene of Uganda.
The pessimists among us laughed it off having been insulated with vulgarity for raising doubts & questions. The youth felt it was their time and we’re well equipped to unseat the person they considered “a dictator”.
If you belonged to the opposition, you were either for them or considered “a sell out”or a useless numskull. The “wave” leader was elevated to a level of a “demi god” worth worshipping, anything spoken, written in question about the “principals actions, ideas would earn you a package of insults.
You were supposed to nod to his every statement in the presence of his supporters & followers. In a country where acting less intelligent is a mode of survival, you had no other choice but reserve your comments. Some smart opposition politicians jumped on to the bandwagon for their political survival.
Slogans one after another followed. The NRM handlers realized the gaps in there and took advantage to calm the wave before it could make a heavy landing.
Arrests here and there, show of might kept many silent with consolation slogans like “ gwe londa osirike”( just vote & remain silent”) after the first one failed to yield the expected change of “ bikwase Kyagulanyi”(leave it to Kyagulanyi to handle) because M7 yali talina kidaako”(did not have a better plan).
To silence the wave even further, the NRM handlers turned to the social media wars buying off some social media video bloggers while weakening others.
Meanwhile seasoned opposition politicians that had ridden on the wave’s fame slowly went silent, the NRM openly started showing strategies for 2026. While the “wave” followers & supporters were happy for “having exposed” NRM’s weakness (like NRM cared).
Cracks are now being exposed. Imaginary or real courtesy of state run media houses. Though expected in any political party, What may be or is happening in NUP is not any different from all institutions in the country from government, religious, cultural to political.
The accusations of the leader living a celebrity life style, leaders making the final word without taking advise, no one has a right to question about accountability, intrigue, elbow fights & many more have turned out to be part of our society and may not deter the support of a strong follower.
The pessimists in us now wonder what next (oba tewali Alina kidako). Oba ffe “Tusilike”. Or should we remind you that we promised to remind when you don’t get the anticipated change from “situlago, tajja kulayiira, e meeri e Mombasa, bullet proof SUV, to Sirika”.
After the failed Tsunami Which promised a better deal than Ssemwogere’s DP change, we lost the excitement and moved on, with this too I am sure we shall move on before picking another excitement in 2026 .
“Otegedde kyenkugamba oba sirina kyenkugamba”?
Opinion by Absolom Lubwama
Absolom Lubwama does printing write ups, language translation and events planning. He began writing his debut novel during the first covid out break and world lockdown in 2020 with the use of a mobile phone. He is the author of Behind the storm and Marriage an African man’s perspective When he’s not writing, he offers a free hand at counseling, plays a saxophone , takes nature walks , travels taking photographs or does journaling at a coffee shop.
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