By Asuman Odaka

A letter to President Museveni of Uganda from a concerned citizen.


Salutations Mr. President/candidate Yoweri K.T. Museveni

*I am Odaka Asuman from Tororo Municipality*.

Mr.  President, if your advisors/ handlers were bold enough, they would have told you how much your Bushenyi speech utterly negated your campaign message “SecuringYourFuture.”

In addition to the treasonous and soiling utterances both you and Gen. Otafire alluded to (subject to subsequent article), the following were part of the accountability balance sheet you presented to the people of Ankole as a basis for them to elect you again in the 2021 general elections:

1. Uganda Technical College, Bushenyi infrastructure overhauled and transformed into a Science University.

2. Kashenyi- Mitooma road tarmacked.

3. Kitabi Seminary access road tarmacked.

4. Ishaka-Katunguru road reconstructed.

5. Katunguru bridge under reconstruction.

6. Over ten tea factories built.

7. Nyaruzinga banana factory.

8. Ishaka-Ntungamo road done.

9. Rural electrification and piped water, 90% of the sub-counties covered.

10. Several agricultural interventions especially dairy, coffee, and tea.

11. Kabwohe-Nsika- Nyakabirizi road due for tarmacking.

12. Others.

But more to this Mr. president, the records as of now indicate that the majority of Permanent secretaries are from Ankole and or its neighborhoods, nearly all District Police Commanders and Regional police Commanders are from Ankole and or its neighborhoods, the majority of your senior cabinet ministers are from Ankole and or its neighborhoods, all the members of the high command of UPDF/NRA are from Ankole alone, the majority of Army generals and or senior army and intelligence officers are from Ankole and or its neighborhoods,

Mr. president the majority of the commissioners in statutory commissions are from Ankole and or its neighborhoods, government parietals are more populated with people from Ankole and or its neighborhoods, the majority of the Resident District commissioners (RDC) are from Ankole and or its neighborhoods, the majority of the DISO are from Ankole and or its neighborhoods, executive directors and directors are from Ankole and or its neighborhoods, chief administrative officers at the districts country wide are from Ankole and or its neighborhoods

The majority of heads of academic institutions that used to be from Teso are today majorly from Ankole and or its neighborhood, the students on scholarship both abroad and here in the country majorly from Ankole and or its neighborhoods majority of successive government contractors are majorly from Ankole and or its neighborhoods, lucrative government consultancy are majorly from Ankole and or its neighborhoods Mr. President the list is endless.

I once compiled a list of 1500 most influential government employees by name, position, and place of work, the shocking truth is that they are majorly from Ankole and or its neighborhoods.

As if that is not enough, Mr. President even the overrated youth livelihood programs, Women Funds and now “emyoga” is more beneficial to the youth of Ankole and or its neighborhoods than those from other regions. Maybe not by design but because your system operates under the basis of ‘TECHNICAL KNOW WHO” not so much about meritocracy.

Therefore, Mr. President you will understand why only the people from Ankole and or its neighborhoods understand and are excited about your campaign slogan of #SecuringYourFuture while people from other regions are merely ridiculing it. The reason is simply because the only FUTURE you are SECURING is now understood as of particular people and not the entire country. To those particular people, you have given the GUNS (as tools of dispensing fear/terror), the MONEY, and the EDUCATION at the expense of members of other ethnic groups.

To crown this all, in your speech in Bushenyi, both you and your minister of East African community, Major General (Rtd) Kahinda Otafiire openly told the country that the national resistance army (NRA) is not ready to hand over power to anyone because there is A MISSION YOU HAVE TO ACCOMPLISH first. In view of the afore narrated evidence, the unfinished mission seems more about excluding people from other regions than having equal opportunities that should be available to all citizens.

Mr. President, when you came to Tororo on 27th November 2020, apart from reminding us that now we SLEEP, telling the Etesot and Jopadhola to stop quarrelling, the only project you could lay claim on is the World Bank-funded municipal market. Is that SECURING OUR FUTURE?

It is very agonizing Mr. President that when you speak about Tororo, its only about exploiting the minerals therein, increasing the revenue from the Malaba border, the tourism etc. but not about sharing the national cake.

Let you not be lied to Mr. President that your votes in Tororo district will be secured by some people throwing huge stones and logs on the road to prevent Bobi Wine from campaigning here. In fact, the road blockers were making votes for Bobi Wine.

Mr. President, some of us, whom your system has grossly MARGINALISED, are TALENTED, CAPABLE, CREATIVE and SELF-DRIVEN.

*To turn our lives and our regions round, we do not need HANDOUTS, we need HANDS-UP, DON’T GIVE US FISH, AVAIL US of FISHING NETS.*

Mr. President, many regions have detected this, and nobody is bold enough to tell you, from every region you leave, people get more agitated than you found them. I hope you have also found that you are a lone campaigner in this campaign. Apart from Evelyn Anite, you honestly do not have any other person helping you to campaign. People are putting on yellow clothes but are campaigning for other candidates.

If other regions are silent about this, Mr. president, Tororo people’s future deserve to be *SECURED*

I wish to copy this letter to all the people in the regions you have been to.

Cc: #WestNile

Cc: #Acholi

CC: #Lango                                                                                                         

CC: #Teso

Cc: #Karamoja

Cc: #Bugishu

Cc #Sebei

Cc: #Bukedi

Cc: #Busoga

*The writer is an activist from Tororo Municipality*

*WhatsApp: +256753195384*