Opinion | TDA Protocal | Open Letter To the leaders of The Democratic Alliance

Posted September 15, 2015 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Inside Politics ~ 6,262 views


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To the leaders of The Democratic Alliance
Kampala, Uganda
Esteemed friends,

As you deliberate the choice of a joint candidate for president, please remember the experience of our Kenyan cousins in 1992 and 1997. A fractious opposition that featured the most egotistical leaders one could imagine, handed Daniel arap Moi five more years even when the majority of Kenyans did not support him. The combined opposition vote was 64 per cent.

Five years later, having ignored the lessons of ’92, again the opposition leaders could not agree on a winning candidate. So we had several of them go against each other, enabling the great professor of politics to sail back to the State House. The combined opposition vote was 60 per cent.

The Kenyan opposition finally woke up in 2002. The recent deserters from KANU (George Saitoti, Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka et al) were received with open arms by those who had been in the opposition trenches for many years. There was none of the business I hear of “where were you when we were suffering?” There was no blame-game against those who had been part of the Moi machine for years. All were welcomed into NARC, for they wanted change.

Whereas there were several formidable men and women who could have been strong candidates for president, the NARC folks wisely zeroed in on a man who was most likely to win. They recognized that elections were decided by numbers, not emotions. Emilio Mwai Kibaki was the most likely candidate to carry the opposition into government. The rest is history.

The choice before you, ladies and gentlemen, is critically important for Uganda. TDA must win the support of traditional opposition members/voters AND the millions of NRM members/voters who are tired of the current government. Not one or the other. Both.

We must therefore welcome the NRM into the TDA. Those who say that we cannot have the democratic faction of the NRM in the TDA should rethink their position. We need an ALLIANCE of all who want democratic change. I am certain that the regime’s thinkers and operatives are desperately hoping that we reject the NRM folks who want change. DO NOT FALL FOR IT.

As one who has been with you in the trenches for many years, I urge you to be very clinical in your decision-making. To me the choice boils down to Dr. Kizza Besigye or Mr. Amama Mbabazi. Choose the one who offers the best chance of breaking the hold that Museveni and his group have on the land. Yes we need to transform the politics, the economy, and the culture of Uganda.

But first, we must take the government. Otherwise, it will be another 5 years in opposition. (I am fully aware that the regime and its Electoral Commission will do everything to steal the election. But we must not lose for lack of doing it right.) Kenya 1992. Kenya 1997. Kenya 2002. Never forget.

Dr. Muniini K. Mulera
Toronto, Canada

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    Kato Kajubi

    Who is kidding who? Should Ugandans blindly look the other way and ignore the sins of Amama Mbabazi over the years and choose him as the flag bearer for the TDA? Give me a break, that sure sounds like the promise of another fundamental change.


    Anyone who cared to have listened to Amama’s declaration would know that he never promised a “fundamental change” but rather the ushering in of a new era through a “change of guard”. This is distinctly different because the while the fore assumes that everything prior to change was negative and shambolic; the latter acknowledges the gains made over the years and the need to build on those gains while making headway in correcting specific areas which have fallen short of the promise for change. Furthermore, the latter proposes that these changes necessitate a change of guard in order to breed new ideas and re-organize systems.

    Let’s talk about “Amama’s sins”. Unfortunately, everyone who refers to these sins deliberately desists from detailing said sins or the judgements proffered by courts of law or the Parliamentary Accounts Committee that carried the day. This is dis-ingenious, to say the least. It is important that if judgement is to be made, the public should be furnished with ALL the facts, not just those that are convenient to the protagonists. That way, Ugandans can make insightful, not “blind” decisions about Amama’s leadership of the TDA.

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