Kibalama-Kyagulanyi political business was a Museveni trap-well-laid

Kibalama Nkonge in one of the media addresses before falling out with Bobi Wine. Courtesy photo.

By Odaka Asuman 

Tororo—1, October 2020: For about a month now, i have avoided watching TV, reading newspapers, listening to any radio bulletin for a simple reason of avoiding to listen to the Kibalama’s crap. Not because he is not news worth, but as a protest of how an entire nation’s conversations can be reduced to a celebration of wickedness.

In a country where over 100 people are dying every day because of malaria, where 19 mothers are perishing at delivery, 50 people perishing because of the unsafe roads, people are losing their jobs because the managers of the economy have failed, the country is losing Shs500 billion everyday due to failure to fight corruption, people are rotting in prisons because our justice system has failed to serve them; our schools are closed and the future of our children are in balance, the security of person and their properties is no longer guaranteed, people are losing their lands because our police have failed to detect fraud, Covid-19 community infection is now uncontrollable, even the fire at (Makerere University), one of African’s greatest institutions couldn’t attract sustained media attention yet a cracked action of an operative by birth is the hottest trending news.

I have known Mr.  Nkonge Moses Kibalama for sometimes. I know his brand of politics; I know a bit of his history as the official bodyguard of Paulo Muwanga and secret police of the UPC II. I can tell his next action by the calibre of people he chooses to speak to at a particular moment.

I have worked with him at NCF, I can confidently say I always get scared of any move he makes. For those who understand the science of remotes, Mr. Kibalama could contextually fit into the illustration.

When I saw him purportedly “transferring Power” to Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi, I made a phone call to Hon. Henry Lubowa, and all we predicted have come to pass and more in the offing.

In fact, I have three people who called blaming me why I didn’t advise Robert Kyagulanyi against dealing with Nkonge Moses Kibalama. 

My answer then and now is that sometimes, in politics, we learn through experience. Maybe there is a learning process for the People Power leader.

I can state without fear of contestation that even the people who went to court contesting the change of name and transfer of power of the said political party, were all staged by Kibalama and his handlers. The planning meeting and facilitations towards the same project was around Buganda road.

And nearly all those so-called members of his party are security operatives, of course, including Ndugu Kibalama himself. I can even guess with precision where each reports.

So the issue of Kibalama is a complicated mind game, reinforced by lazy, compromised and sometimes gullible media.  

Many times I don’t even want to believe how actually HE Bobi Wine couldn’t use his extensive capabilities to detect this obviously a Museveni setup or at least do a basic background check of the man they want to do political business with.

I am honestly worried of a situation where court would give the judgement similar to what it handed to UPC. 

But my disappointment is not only with the Kamwokya based team but everyone who attempts to work and trust Mr. Kibalama in the running of state affairs. This of course means the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) has deeply disappointed me.

Gen. David Muhoozi, the CDF Chief had for long projected himself slightly above suspicion, as a man we could trust, especially heading an institution that hope would hold this country together as we head toward a more uncertain future.

Yes, I don’t trust many of our men and women in uniform having chosen to dirt in the partisan politics of the NRM brand. Yes, Gen. Muhoozi could have thought that in dealing with Kibalama, he is serving the interest of his Commander In Chief (CIC) but it’s damaging to the strategic image of the army as an institution we would rely on to hold this divided county together.

I wish to disclose to those in positions of power especially those belonging to our generation that given the uncertain future of this country, some of us are in desperate search for a figure that could hold this country together, revelation of this kind disappoint us especially if you are a Muhoozi of our time.

What is happening in the Democratic Party (DP) can give as a lead towards where National Unity Platform (NUP) may end into. Mr. Museveni will do everything to frustrate all the interests that have found solace in the NUP and Robert Kyagulanyi as a person. 

But to do this, he needed a person extremely shrud, pigheadedly, a Muganda but highly disposable; use him to not only frustrate Bobi Wine’s ambitions but constantly put the entire NUP into a disorganisation.

In Kibalama, this fitting need was found. Now send me my popcorn.

The writer is a political activist from Tororo Municipality.

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