KAMPALA – President Museveni’s political ambitions are no different from those of Idd Amin when it comes to understanding the dynamics of remaining in power, an expert has said.
Mr Yusuf Serunkuuma, a PhD student at Makerere University Institute of Social Research (MISR), says by opting for the ghetto, he has outsmarted other politicians.
“The ambitions of President Museveni and Amin are the same, it’s the methodology that differs. The streets have become the major battlegrounds. Poverty creates a mindset of anger and recklessness and Museveni knows this. He wants to tame this anger because he knows many dictators have been overthrown by people on the streets,” he says.
Mr Serunkuuma says Bobi Wine has made the ghetto very admirable.
“When I see the movement by the state towards the ghetto, I know Bobi Wine has made the ghetto very admirable. I find it fascinating that the president is making a move towards the ghetto. He isn’t going to ghetto for political support, he is there because the ghetto represents the margins ignored by people, he’s going there to tame the anger and anxiety that has developed over time,” he says.
“The intellectuals can’t join this one. President Museveni read the mood and is moving ahead of them. The political barometer has moved in favour of musicians. There’s no difference between the opposition and the NRM in this country. Both of them are thieves, they’re want to keep a job. If we do away with the parliament, we shall move forward. They’re career opposition players. The opposition is also becoming obsolete in away,” he adds.
Serunkuuma also says Buchaman doesn’t have to match Bobi Wine’s brilliance. “The power is in his idiocy. We’re in the era of idiocy, it attracts narrative and the media. That is the territory Museveni is trying to tap in,” he adds.