Time is now to dislodge the “Exhibit 1510” cabal
As we were being played to the unfortunate drama by a favourite Museveni minister who stage-managed an attempt to her life, something else played out in a courtroom some 11,000 kilometres away.
The antics of this Museveni blue-eyed girl would cost the life of an innocent man, who was on his way to visit his two daughters at school.
But that is a story for another day.
The incident I am referring to in my opening statement is a ruling that was rendered early this week in a courtroom in New York.
The ruling involves a man who hails from Hong Kong, who was jailed three years for bribing officials from an African country.
This story should have, for all intents and purposes, been headline news in our mainstream media here in Kampala, but alas!
Our media, rather conveniently, ignored this story, of Chi Ping Patrick Ho, who was earlier this week sentenced for dishing out bribes to Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs at the behest of President Yoweri Museveni.
On top of the cash bonanza, ‘Exhibit 1510’ as Museveni is referred-to throughout the trial in New York, got other unspecified gifts from the convicted man.
The 69-year old has been in custody since in November 2017 on charges of violating U.S. foreign corruption law, money laundering and conspiracy.
US prosecutors pinned him on arranging bribes on behalf of a Shanghai-based energy conglomerate CEFC China Energy, to get concessions in Uganda.
The conduit of this bribe was Sam Kuteesa who, at the time struck this deal on behalf of his boss, was the President of the UN General Assembly.
What a shame!
Kuteesa took his USD 500,000 cut while the other part (also $500,000) was delivered to his boss and decades-long partner-in-crime, Museveni.
Other payments were to be made in the future, until the US federal authorities got wind of it.
In the words of US prosecutors, Kuteesa and his boss would secure favours for the Chinese company, including the potential acquisition of a Ugandan bank.
When, last year in December, Museveni was asked by a journalist about this particular case, he brushed it off and said Kuteesa would be answerable. That was the last we would hear of it. Museveni did not mention a word on the fact that he, himself, was implicated.
Mind you, Museveni is not just Kuteesa’s boss; he is family through marriage: his daughter, Charlotte Nankunda Kuteesa, is the wife to Museveni’s first born, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba.
One must recall the CHOGM saga, when Uganda hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2015. Kuteesa was also at the centre of yet another scam that saw tens of millions of dollars swindled from the public coffers.
These represent only a fraction of the shenanigans that have characterised the 33-year old misrule by Museveni and his cabal, majority of whom his own family.
The bad news is that we have allowed ourselves to be misruled, killed and looted by Museveni and his cronies for far too long.
The good news is, we can still salvage the situation.
But this will take patriotism of the highest degree.
The cabal has made a name in rent-seeking and playing politics of patronage, bribing left right and centre, to keep us in this bondage.
Fortunately, we are not a hopeless people. We have progressive and determined people who have defied all odds to expose the ills in this so-called government.
Among them is the People Power movement – composed of courageous youth – that has exposed the hopelessness of this regime that is full of selfish and greedy individuals.
It’s security has arbitrarily arrested, tortured, and beaten beaten to the pulp.
The struggle is gaining momentum, going by the gains made in the recent guild elections in different universities.
This means our youth are waking up to this reality that we must cause change in the way we are being misgoverned.
But we must all support them. We must defy the temptations of this cabal – known for bribing it’s way to remain in power – to take control of our destiny.
Remember, the media is no longer with you. They have succumbed to bribery and this partly explains the deafening silence on the sentencing of the man in New York.
Otherwise the more we keep up with “Exhibit 1510” the more we shall sink deeper into abyss.
I believe together, we can dislodge this vampire regime.