Voice of the People: Musevenism

Voice of the People: Musevenism


Zakaria Tiberindwa asked some Ugandans on what they think about this trend of President Museveni handling every concern and issue that any group comes up, and below are excerpts.

By Tiberindwa Zakaria
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First published: August 25, 2011


Zakaria Tiberindwa asked some Ugandans on what they think about this trend of President Museveni handling every concern and issue that any group comes up, and below are excerpts.


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Muzamil Magomo, Chairperson William Village


Muzamil Magomo, Chairperson William Village
Muzamil Magomo, Chairperson William Village

What the president has done by attending to the smallest of issues has killed our country. This has made most of the people that work under him more incompetent since he cannot trust them to handle some of these small issues. For instance I do not think that the President should have been the first person to intervene in the teachers’ strike before the Minister of Education and Sports. It would have been better if the Minister of Education and Sports had first handled the matter and if she had failed then the matter would have been referred to the president.

Tsebeni Laban, Underwriter, 5- Star Insurance Company

Tsebeni Laban, Underwriter, 5- Star Insurance Company
Tsebeni Laban, Underwriter, 5- Star Insurance Company

Museveni looks to be a leader who has failed to effectively delegate his duties. Teachers are striking he is there, traders striking he is there; he just seems to be everywhere which should not be the case for a president. He looks to be a solo player. There must be a gap somewhere. That is not the right way to lead a country. Let him give the people that work under him the chance to do their work because they are employed to do that work other than usurping their duties when he meddles into their work by attending to very small issues.

John Bosco, Taxi Driver

John Bosco, Taxi Driver
John Bosco, Taxi Driver.

Museveni does not trust his ministers and that is why he ventures out to attend to issues that ministers should be attending to. Besides sometimes he is very eager to get the real facts from the ground when things get messy and in some cases he fears that his ministers may block him from getting the real facts because some of them may be benefiting from the mess. Some people have reported to him before cases of where ministers tell lies to conceal the real facts on the ground and may be this is the reason why he no longer trusts them as much as he should.

Kabugho Topista, Police Officer

Kabugho Topista, Police Officer
Kabugho Topista, Police Officer.

But that is his duty, he is showing that he is a responsible leader and that is what a responsible leader is supposed to do. Truth be told, some of his ministers are lazy people and thus it necessitates him to attend to some of these problems affecting the country personally.

Namwanje Getrude, Multiplex Parking Attendant

Museveni is a dictator. He wants to do things personally and that is why he wants to reach everywhere. He has created a situation where every one has to reach him before anything of national importance is solved. If that had not been the case, then he would be leaving some of his ministers to solve some of these problems.

Kwebiha Muzamil, Director, Victoria Language and Computer Centre

Kwebiha Muzamil, Director, Victoria Language and Computer Centre
Kwebiha Muzamil, Director, Victoria Language and Computer Centre.

That is total fear and lack of trust in the people that work under him. Museveni, practically cannot reach each and every corner of the country. And so in a bid to try and attend to every issue, he is trying an unpractical way of managing the country. That is why under his governance, things are getting messed up every other day. In fact his mode of governance that attempts to stifle delegation is partly the reason for the high levels of corruption the country.

By Tiberindwa Zakaria
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First published: August 25, 2011
Zakaria Tiberindwa is a journalist, writer and poet with wide ranging interests in the media. He is currently training to become a lawyer, though his lifetime passion is writing and self-expression, and giving a voice to others.

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