Ugandans are, by confession at least, a very prayerful lot. Oftentimes when they can’t do anything tangible for you, they will say they are praying for you.
And so it happens that a few Ugandans have told former FDC boss Kizza Besigye and his opposition colleagues that they are praying for them. But this kind of thing does not excite the retired colonel, who appears to be tired of prayers.
“This whole thing of ‘we are praying for you we support you’ by Ugandans, will not work,” said Besigye during a Power FM talk show recently.
“It’s all our responsibility as Ugandans to cause change because it will not happen by itself.”
Knowing Ugandans, someone might be wondering if they should try Maama Fiina. But that would not work for the all-action colonel.
MP Lematia craves camera-attention:
Whereas many MPs, particularly the women, shun media attention and some do everything to dodge the cameras, Maracha Woman MP Ruth Molly Lematia [NRM] seems to be different. So keen is Lematia to get her share of attention that she recently publically attacked a journalist who failed to aim his camera at her.
“But Mr Chairman, this journalist is only focusing his camera on the minister. I think he is only interested in what the minister is saying,” a visibly angry Lematia said when the junior Trade Minister James Mutende appeared before the committee on Trade over the Tobacco Control Bill.
Her revelation followed complaints by some women MPs, that scribes ignore them while executing their duties. But journalists argued that they could not give coverage to non-performing legislators.
MPs terrified of Maama Fiina:
MPs are always eager to voluntarily see out witnesses invited by Parliament’s committees over different issues in the various government departments.
But it was a totally different story when Sylvia Namutebi, alias Maama Fiina, visited the committee on Gender, Labour and Social Development. All MPs declined to walk Maama Fiina out, apparently afraid of supernatural powers reportedly held by the famous traditional healer.
Maama Fiina had been invited to clarify on reports that traditional healers are involved in human sacrifice.
“Who can see off Maama Fiina?” Arinaitwe Rwakajara, the committee chairperson, asked his members.
Everyone shied away. On realizing that no one was ready to see her off, Maama Fiina selected Kasese Woman MP Winnie Kiiza [FDC] to perform that role.
“Let this sister of mine from Kasese see me off she will even get a chance to know why Kasese is having endless floods,” she said.
The MP, who had heard Mama Fiina talk of supernatural powers that heal her clients, could have none of this.
“No. Mr Chairman, let her pick another one,” Kiiza was overheard grumbling, without really turning Maama Fiina down.
A troubled Kiiza waited until journalists surrounded Maama Fiina to come and say: “thanks for coming” and run back to the committee.
Kamya sees no Ugandans here:
You may be proud to be a Ugandan, simply because you were born and bred here but to Uganda Federal Alliance President Beti Kamya, there are no Ugandans in Uganda. Instead, Kamya argues, we are all consumed by various political belongings that no one seems to belong to our motherland.
“In Uganda, we seem to have too many NRMs and too much opposition, but without Ugandans” Kamya said recently, while appearing on Capital Gang radio show. “I think at times there are certain things where opposition and government need to come together for the good of this country.”
Wolokoso thinks President Museveni would love the part of Kamya’s message that speaks of working together, especially if that means working in NRM’s interest.
Source : The Observer