Former Daily Monitor journalist and KFM presenter, Chris Obore once one of the biggest critics of President Yoweri Museveni and his son, Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has come out to the defence of Muhoozi’s latest rank.
Muhoozi was this week elevated from the rank of Brigadier to that of Major General.
“Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba should never be promoted because he is a son of a president?”he asked in a post on social media written Thursday.
“In fact he should even aspire to be President then the voters decide,” he adds. “There is a better way to disagree than seeking to exclude maliciously. Every serious child must seek to do better than his or her parents did. For Muhoozi being President should not be a crime. He should only aspire to do better if he became President.”
To Obore, what Muhoozi should be preparing for following his recent raise in the army should be preparing for the biggest office in the country.
“It’s all he can be in Uganda because anything less than that will not have made him do better than his parents.”
Obore, currently the director of communications and public affairs of parliament was once a known big critic of Muhoozi during his days as a guest on the KFm Drive.
And some of his followers couldn’t miss reminding him his old times until he joined government last year.
“Chris I have seen how the power of the big man has transformed you! You are the opposite of the former KFM morning drive!” commented a one Denish Angol.
In one of his commentaries published in 2011, Obore criticized Museveni, accusing him of running Uganda like his farm which he could pass to his children at any time of wish.
“You might probably suspect that President Yoweri Museveni runs Uganda likes his personal farm which, he can, by will, pass onto any of his children as heir. But those who ardently support him say his critics were the ones drawing such farfetched conclusions. However, going by the recent elections, one can see the footprints of a man who intends to pass on Uganda to a member of his family and most probably the son Col. Muhoozi Kainerugaba,” Obore writes.
“This is how the plan works. President Museveni continues to be President at all costs, including of course rigging elections.
As this goes on, members of his family are slowly introduced in politics. Already, Muhoozi is militarily entrenched. He is also spreading his political influence through networks of youth. Muhoozi also funds some MPs to get into parliament. This is to create for him a political base such that when he finally announces his crossing to politics, he would already be running a network. Actually, while a lot of money was recently spent in campaigns, this money was firmly in the control of the sons-in law mostly Ephraim Kamuntu and Odrek Rwabwogo. Anyone who needed cash, had to be in the good books of either Museveni or any of his family members.
“As they traversed the country distributing cash for votes, the sons also built a network parallel from the official NRM party structures. Anyway, this parallel network they are creating, is meant to serve the interests of the family rule. This how they intend to achieve it. Aware that the country is run on a cash economy meaning that without hard cash no one finds life easy, Museveni’s family has consolidated its grip on the money. They have also realised that social services must be provided in bits so that people continue relying on money to get services.
This clientele type of management, according to Museveni’s model adopted from South Korea and China, is intended to keep people reliant on the government which in Uganda’s case is Museveni and his family. To create a class of few rich people heavily linked to the First Family is the ultimate aim.
To achieve that, Museveni is seriously pushing for the lowering of the retirement age to 55. But because that one is facing resistance, Museveni has ordered the Prime Minister to write a circular asking all senior civil servants to be put on 6 month contracts. Covered in this is to force the civil service to deliver but the political mission is to get rid of some civil servants to create jobs for young cadres who will help propagate the family rule.”
“And civil servants who have already made their money are going to be placed on servaillance in case they use the money to support Opposition activities. Museveni also hopes to use oil money to distribute wealth to the network that will help him achieve his family rule. Therefore, Ugandans are going to face hard life even with oil money flowing. The only worry for Museveni is that new approach the West has adopted in fighting African dictators.
My sources say the big man is actually worried that the Americans could destroy his dreams. To try to please Americans, he is willing to do anything for them so that they pay a deaf ear to Ugandan Opposition. Meanwhile, he is also thinking about putting a weakling as Uganda’s President after him such that his son takes over later to give it legimimacy that the son got it like any other person. It’s the choice of whom to handover power ton later give to his son that is giving Museveni sleepless nights. My sources say that increasingly, he has few people to trust in his party. Therefore, things to watch are the people he appoints to his Cabinet.”