Entrenching yourself by moving power around

I always wonder what lessons one can learn from Museveni if one day he leaves because he has over seen regime of contradictions carefully sewn to mask his inefficiencies. His famous for lamenting that Africa‘s problem is leaders who over stay in power but doing nothing to promote the cognitive capacity to vote him out of power.

He restructured the curriculum carefully and slowly decapitated what was and ever composed of the opposition infrastructure to the point where sometimes you have to wonder whether we even have one or are busy voting individual merit over the party. That part of the story I am still trying to figure it out. Take for example the power struggles common in other countries one would think Uganda is ripe for such a scenario but nope.

Instead we have changes at all the other levels but the presidency because he holds the remote that distributes power around our small Uganda. This change he has successfully over come by spreading the power blocks in the mass administrative structure called Uganda where for every service you have two or three offices providing the same service. We have representation all levels to the point of duplication that sometimes you can’t differentiate one job description from another.

Take the current program of NAADS the president in his own words wanted it disbanded as he saw it a failure of a group of people who got money only for them to waste it which is true hence he entrusted his beloved army to takeover. Come up the elections our president is promising more funding for an organisation he wanted closed that’s on top of a number of pilot agriculture distribution points in the country that he quotes when ever his giving a speech.

To the foreign eye it may be hard to understand but that is the presidents modus operandi moving power to where he sees fit and in the process ensures his never side stepped by power hungry hyenas marauding as his supporters. The same template has been used to contain the losers of the NRM primaries so as to keep them happy. When he says the party has a reconciliation committee they technically mean a weighing system to see who will be appointed to what positions and if by chance the positions are full creating new ones is as easy a letter authorising X to create a new department charged with implementing a small fraction of an existing program.

Even if the seating official producing out put close to nil the president does not believe in punishing people rather moving them around. No wonder its not surprising even when a minister is lost or dies and his successor is not chosen for years there is nothing wrong with that because well everyone knows they do nothing but hold power.


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