By Charles Kamya Sentamu
President Museveni has recently been boring people with recycled speeches or writings as old as his stale 33 year old regime. For the past 33-year he has not missed an opportunity to remind Ugandans of the so-called 10-point programme that his National Resistance Movement (NRM) rode on to capture power.
Taken literary, the 10-point programme actually embodies almost everything Ugandans or any other state, would yearn for in the short, medium and long term. This explains the initial support the NRM and it’s military wing NRA got from Ugandans during the war that Museveni called one of liberating Uganda, but which in actual sense has ended up enslaving them.
To quickly take you through these ten points, they talk of democratising Uganda; restoring security, consolidating national unity and elimination of sectarianism; defending and consolidating national independence; building an independent, integrated and self-sustaining national economy and restoration and improvement of social services and rehabilitation of war–ravaged areas.
Others include elimination of corruption and the misuse of power; redressing errors that have resulted in the dislocation of some sections of the population; cooperation with other African countries; and, following an economic strategy of a mixed economy.
Museveni recently, once again, made reference to the same 10-point programme in a letter he addressed to Ugandan citizens that he has taken to insolently calling “abazzukulu” (grand children) in which he laboured, in vain, to justify his recent crackdown on opposition politicians that have dared expose his misrule, which most people are thoroughly fed up with.
In a comprehensive response to Museveni’s nauseating “letter”, opposition lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi deconstructed Museveni’s political programme – a misnomer of a term really, the true one being “political scam” – and how Museveni long veered off each one of them.
The letter by MP Kyagulanyi is detailed enough that this website would probably not do it justice by paraphrasing it fully. It can be found on this link where Kyagulanyi, blow-by-blow, shows Ugandans the lie that we have lived for the past 33 years.
However, what people should probably know is that many seem to misconstrue Museveni and his cronies for having veered off the well-meaning political programme mentioned above. This is not the case to the few who know him well, to these people, including people like the late Boniface Byanyima who knew Museveni as a youth.
Museveni’s “10 point program” was nothing much more than a ruse to galvanise support to fight his war. Others who have grown up with him like the late Eriya Kategaya have provided insight of the deceitful, morally deficient man that Museveni has been his entire life.
The “10-point” programme was therefore just a scam that worked well, for a time, especially with progressive young Ugandans, most of whom fresh graduates who left jobs or other opportunities that awaited them, to go join Museveni’s guerrllas in the bush.
It also did well to hoodwink Ugandans especially within the Luweero upcountry areas to throw their support behind him, offered their children to fight for him, and hundreds of thousands paid the ultimate price.
Museveni did not stop there, he blindsided the international community with his “fundamental change” speech after he captured power in 1986.
The ever scheming Museveni has ridden this lie for over three decades. But Ugandans can no longer be hoodwinked.
The “10-point program” was, and still is a fallacy.