Rwanda is not Uganda’s Spiritual son
A series of blogs, websites, Facebook accounts, etc… posted a rather offensively patronizing article claiming that Museveni is the spiritual father of Rwanda. Reminiscent to another spiritual father around in the region, the article almost grants the lands and hearts of Rwanda to the most merciful Yoweri Museveni.
The premise of the article is that Uganda spared Rwandan forces in Kisangani out of good faith, out of petty for a young army. Supposedly, Museveni had to beg his army to let Rwanda win, he begged his generals not to go all in and crash Rwanda. This argument confused me; does it mean Museveni deliberately sided with Rwanda in the Kisangani battle? Clearly, even for a spiritual father, this would be treason against his followers.
For a country that once had a “His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular”, we should really be concerned about these title giving exercises. If Museveni is Rwanda’s Spiritual Father, what is he in Uganda and what will he become tomorrow?
The article does give a perfect opportunity to address certain deliberate distortion of history. Uganda did not liberate Rwanda, just as Tanzania did not liberate Uganda. Attempting to take credit for the liberation of Rwanda would open Pandora’s Box on the validity of Museveni’s liberation of Uganda.
Written by Joshua Sebahororo, titled Mr Kagame Sir, ‘You Have NEVER Defeated Uganda Militarily And Never Will’ the article was circulated by the Nile wire, the New vision, posted on twitter, Facebook by NRM fans but curiously, it was also circulated by RNC and FDLR fans. Joshua probably only wanted to defend his nation’s pride, understandably defeat is a hard pill to swallow. Defending his President and attributing him spiritual leadership, a consolation price, instead of addressing the causes of systemic failures that are weakening Uganda.
Idi Amin was defeated with external help and Obote too was defeated with external help. Importantly, corruption, human rights abuse, cartel and mafia state capture and unholy alliances also contributed to the fall of Amin and Obote. Sebahororo should help his spiritual father that way. He should council his spiritual Father and give him the candide advice that he is obviously lacking.
I cannot attribute Joshua a high fake news score, after all, he simply explained UPDF’s defeat. Joshua gets a 6/10.