Fellow Countrywomen and Men,
For a long time now, I have been the target of malicious and vicious attack by several people, among them a person (I have been informed he is a man) who writes as “Rehema”, whose latest innovation is an article titled “Beti Kamya on M7 Mission abroad”, posted to UAH. I decided long ago that I did not have any negative energy to engage them, so I have ignored them, reserving my energies for positive thinking, positive writing and doing my best bit for Motherland and Future Generations’ Ugandans.
So much malice and negativity, practiced for so long, must be very painful inside, but that is Rehema’s pain to carry, I can only feel sorry for him / her.
I have decided to break my silence on this occasion because my friends, family and comrades feel that I should, otherwise I was happy to continue watching “Rehema” wallow in his self-imposed pain (hatred, malice and anger do hurt the one who harbours them, you know…).
Like many Ugandans, I welcomed Museveni in 1986, thinking that he had brought a breath of fresh air to Ugandas politics, when he promised “.. a fundamental change…”. In 1989, in protest of the manner in which the NRA/M extended their term in office, I left the Movement and openly declared so in numerous publications which appeared in The New Vision and later in The Daily Monitor. One day during the very early days of FM radio stations, I phoned into the famous Capital Gang Radio Talk Show and declared that I had left the Movement, an announcement that was received with sadness and regret by some of the panellists, who persuaded me to hang-in there and fight from within, which I declined. I believe “Gangsters” Patrick Quarcoo, Hon Winnie Byanyima, Charles Onyango-Obbo, Patrick Katusiime and talk-show host William Pike would remember that incident, because those were days when most people, many now leading Opposition stalwarts, were still very well disposed towards NRM and champions of its Ten-Point Programme.
When Dr Besigye was discharged from the army in 2000 amidst controversy over his document Vs NRM, my late husband, Spencer Turwomwe and I went to his house in Luzira and offered him our support if he considered standing against M7 in the 2001 General Elections. It was a Saturday when Dr Besigye and Hon Winnie Byanyima announced his intentions to stand for President in Feb 2001, and the following Monday, I was the first person who publicly supported him when I was hosted on Spectrum, a new daily talk show on Radio One. I became an active member of the Elect Besigye Taskforce. Since then, I have always written more than one article per week, in the Ugandan dailies and weeklies, including the Luganda Bukedde and Runyankore Orumuri newspapers, criticizing M7, and signing my own name, never hiding behind any “safe” names such as Rehema!
During a 30-member FDC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that was held in South Africa in July 2005, I am the one who boldly and openly begged Dr Besigye to come back to Uganda and be our presidential candidate during the 2006 elections, to which many NEC Members were opposed, arguing that I was promoting Musevenism, in alluding that only Besigye could represent the party effectively in an election. Insisting that FDC needed Besigye, I was among three people who, in September 2005 flew back to South Africa to convince him to come back to Uganda. The rest is history.
I did not leave FDC on my own accord, I was expelled in Feb 2010 due to reasons which I need not go into now, but which cemented my belief in federalism. I did not join DP, UPC or NRM, but rather got together with people of the same mind and we formed Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA), a party which we are all working hard to promote. The UFA Manifesto, Constitution and Handbook are all available on http://www.ugandafederalalliance.com and http://www.uganda.federal.alliance.com – the reader might want to know whether there is anything that promotes M7 or undermines the opposition in those publications.
While I was doing all the above since 1989, I am sure the reader would like an account of Rehemas own activities to promote the opposition, aside from maligning me, of course!
I am currently in the UK on the invitation of Uganda Federal Confederates, who asked me to discuss the topic “Is Uganda Ready For Federalism?” during the Federal Conference that took place on 11 June 2011. Also invited were Hon(s) Ken Lukyamuzi, Erias Lukwago, Norbert Mao, Betty Nambooze, Hussein Kyanjo, Salamu Musumba, Owekitiibwa Dan Muliika, Leader of the Opposition Nandala Mafabi, Ambassador Olara Otunu and many other opposition leaders.
After the conference, I decided to spend a few weeks in London to visit my family, rest from the grueling presidential campaigns and support UFA members in the UK to promote Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA) values among Ugandans living in the UK, which, am proud to say, we have done effectively, having met over 400 Ugandans, including the Acholi Association of UK – so you see “Rehema”, I do have alibi of whom I met and what we discussed – believe me, M7 wouldn’t want to know what I am up to here!
The result of my time in London is the eminent launch of UFA UK Chapter on Saturday 16 July, 2011, 4pm at PREMIER HOTEL, 194-202 OLD KENT ROAD, LONDON SE1 5TY, to which you are all invited.
Having said all that, a few questions must be tabled for the Readers’ consideration:
i) Did M7 work with Uganda Federal Confederates to organize the Federal Conference, invite all opposition leaders, (to presumably give me cover) to come on M7’s deployment to buy the Ugandan diaspora?
ii) Did M7 work with FDC to expel me from the party so that we form UFA to work for him?
iii) Did M7 send me to South Africa to persuade Dr Besigye to come back to Uganda to contest against him in 2006?
iv) What does M7 benefit from the negative publications I write about him?
v) How does M7 benefit from my promotion of federalism?
vi) Are Ugandans whom I am supposed to be recruiting for M7, especially the diaspora, so stupid that I can carry them along in My / M7 schemes, without them noticing anything?
Dear Rehema and people of similar character, it would do you and the country a lot of good if you schemed to better our country than scheme to bring down Beti Kamya, because my dears, only Beti Kamya can bring down Beti Kamya by dishonourable behaviour, which you cannot, so far establish, because they do not exist.
A piece of advice compatriot: be kind to yourself and offload all that negativity, it is not good for your health.
Wishing all of you, Dear Readers good luck and positive living,
Beti Olive Kamya
Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA)