For over a period of about two months now, there is one thing that has dominated news almost on a daily basis. That is the proposal to amend the constitution to remove the presidential age limit from 75 years. From mainstream media to social media, all discussions seem to rotate around the same topic. Although both the Speaker and IGP tried to stop people from talking about it, the topic just seems to be getting hotter each and every day that passes by. Recently while addressing a press conference at State House Entebbe, President Museveni said that he was so busy doing other things and that those talking about age limit lack work to do. However, this did not stop the debate and here we are…
President Museveni came to power in 1986 when a lot of Ugandans were tired of the past regimes especially due to lack of insecurity and democracy. Kingdoms like Buganda had ceased to operate after the 1966 crisis and were history by the time he took over power. After sometime, Museveni organized elections, security improved, he gave new life to various kingdoms, UPE was introduced, just to mention but a few. To be sincere, the Ugandans were happy and had much hope in the “Son of Kaguta”.
One time, Museveni pointed out African leaders who overstay in power as the cause of Africa’s problems. Ugandans thought his second term in office (2001-2006) was his last one. To people’s surprise, he bounced back in 2006 after the amendment of the constitution by the parliament in 2005 saw the removal of term limits from two to ‘pakalast’. The surprises never stopped happening as he came back in 2011 and very recently, last year for the fifth term making it 30 years since 1986.
What hurts me is that, the man whom our parents used to sweet talk about while we were gathered around the fireplace, is the same man people have started drawing comparisons with the likes of the late Apollo Milton Obote and Idi Amin Dada whom they used to talk about in a negative way. It bothers us (new generation) to decide whether it’s our parents who have started ‘losing their memory’ to remember what they used to preach us or it’s the person they used to preach about who has started betraying them.
While commenting on the just concluded Kyaddondo East parliamentary bye elections, the president showed dissatisfaction about how the voters that were lined along the road humiliated him by booed him. He condemned the act and wondered why they remain on the road after casting their votes. What if these voters were parents (of which some must be) that came along with their children and the children saw this? What will those children talk about Museveni when they are grown up? Will they ever get a chance to know about the we used to sing about during our childhood whenever an helicopter flew over “Museveni bbaayi, Museveni weeraba”?
There’s a saying that “you never know what you have until it’s gone”. I can relate this saying to marriage. A man can complain of how dirty, quarrelsome, ugly or unhelpful his wife is when she is at his house. But the moment that lady decides that enough is enough and closes the door on him and the man comes back home without food, no one to wash and iron his clothes, no one to prepare the kids to go to school, bla bla is the time she realizes how important his wife was. If Museveni wants Ugandans to appreciate and always remember him as a ‘great wife’ that was, this is the right time for him to file for a ‘divorce’.

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