A Peaceful People Revolution Can Kick Museveni Out of Power

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Dear Ugandans,

I would like to differ from Abbey Semuwemba who said that an internal revolt cannot get rid of Museveni without foreign help. For people who have studied the science of non-violence mechanism of regime change, there is no doubt that Ugandans can effectively cause regime change though non-violence; there are a few ingredients that need fine tuning and that “invulnerability” of the regime will be exposed. As some people points out, just one trigger at the right time will make people overcome the fear that has sustained the Kampala regime; only one trigger will send our “powerful” guys scampering for safety abroad or bunkers, just watch the trend of events, we are surely moving in that direction.

Museveni can be kicled out of power without violence

Can you imagine Gen. David Tinyefunza who had threatened to arrest the KCCA Director, had to quit when public uproar reigned on him and the NRM regime? That is the kind of sustained non-violent protest, soon Mabira Forest give-away will not take place because of persistent protests; if people can sustain the protests in their varying forms, positive results will be achieved. If Tinyefunza can shallow his own words, and he is intelligence overall commander, tell me how the regime can stay in power if people give the same kind of resistance that was shown to Tinyefunza.

Meanwhile, members should examine carefully how the Tunisians, Egyptians and now the Libyans were able to overcome the fear they had nursed for decades in order to shake the most powerful regimes; Uganda is less comparable to Egypt or Libya in terms of military prowess, once people overcome fear, the guys will go! People should ask themselves for how long they will keep begging for their rights without getting them, and who gave those in power the right to abuse the population through their corrupt tendencies and poor service delivery?

True, regime change through nonviolence is very likely once the right triggers come that make people overcome their fear. Nonviolence is possible if people do exert their determination. There is one thing that we have to remember, nonviolence requires determination to produce desired regime change. However, if we go for nonviolence but don’t expect to be beaten or denied venues for protests, then we really don’t know what we are faced with.

Take for example when a pregnant woman was shot at the stomach with intestines coming out during the ‘walk to work’ protests, then the Masaka child innocently killed, then the beating of Dr. Kiiza Besigye by police in broad daylight moreover in a major street, and the public reaction to it, we see a population that is not united, those three incidences were a real test for Ugandans, and sadly, the government got its way.

Now look again at events that unfolded at Makerere University: a public university is closed by word of one person lecturers are threatened with expulsion, students have been sent home for no mistake of theirs, and what is our taxpayer doing? Nothing, some have joined the government in blaming lecturers, nobody is trying to come to the core of the matter by asking what caused such a situation; the lecturers are asking for their money which was taken, instead of helping the lecturers to recover the money, they have been accused, and we members of the public continue with our business as though nothing has happened. We are going to receive public servants who have not completed stipulated course requirements then we shall cry that there is poor service delivery when the problem began long time ago when those occupying offices did not get thorough preparation while at school; some people will argue that they will be given a crush program to complete course units that were missed during the strike; yes, crush program, and that is where the problem comes; no time for good research as required in good universities!

Nonviolence requires participants to discard fear and know their rights; see what sparked outrage in Tunisia that showed government exit; just one wheel-burrow pusher started it all! Ugandans must learn to identify with each other in order to fight for their rights otherwise they will continue to cry over suffering meted out by the government without end. Unity if strength, we are often reminded.

Peter Simon Okurut


5 Comments so far. Leave a comment below.
  1. Ibrahim Mpungu,

    Very Good article it highlights the exact problems we the people need to be United!

  2. Peter Okello Maber,

    Simon come home and lead us in the non violent means of changing the regime! But is it necessary Mr. Okurut to change the regime just for the sake of it because you are disappointed by one or two aspects of it?

    In Uganda, unlike in Libya we have a legal and democratic way to change regimes nowadays. We do it through the elections done after every five years! In February last, we carried out that ritual. We were able to change the councillors, district chairmen and MPs. Both the opposition and the ruling party made gains and loses in different parts of the country and most of the country is now settled after that excercise. We did not change the president this time around becuase he remained more popular than his oppoenents, but we can still do it in 2016. Just work hard!

    Now just because their are controversies about a forest, a closed university, striking teachers etc etc does not mean that there should be regime change. These problems happen in every country and are not unique to uganda alone. So what is your problem?

    Simon, it appears to me that your call for regime change is motivated more by other reasons other than what you cite here. It seems you belong to one of the defeated political parties and you can not wait for another five years – so there should be ”non violent” regime change right now. Let changing regimes not become a fashion show. If changing regimes is the solutions to all problems, then regime change in Uganda which holds the record in East Africa, should be least in the agenda of the country!

  3. Hi There,

    Peter Okello, you seem to be very incensed with the article because it called for regime change; and you go on to wonder whether there is need for regime change in Uganda. Hello! Where have you been hiding (enjoying?) for all these past 26 odd years that M7/NRA/NRM have been in power? Do you honestly believe that things are going so well such that there is no reason for changing from M7/NRA/NRM? You cite the recenly concluded elections – which you rightly called a ritual..as a sign of support for M7/NRA/NRM. Dont you know how M7/NRA/NRM rigged this?
    Surely there are so many reasons why there should be regime change in Uganda! Unfortunately, non-violent means might not be able for now to remove the regime…and M7 has a lot to thank for this. He has so ably divided Ugandan along ethinic lines that unity, which is essential for the success of this method, is almost impossible for now.

  4. Peter Okello Maber,

    Simon, Thanks for the reply.

    Indeed I am incensed with your call for regime change in a way which is not democratic. If you had read my comments studiously, you should not have failed to see that I am not against regime change as such. I clearly stated that “unlike in Libya we have a legal and democratic way to change regimes nowadays. We do it through the elections done after every five years!”

    I added that “Both the opposition and the ruling party made gains and loses in different parts of the country and most of the country is now settled after that excercise. We did not change the president this time around because he remained more popular than his opponents, but we can still do it in 2016. Just work hard!” With all these, how can you say that I am against regime change? Clearly you and I mean different things when we talk about how to bring the elusive regime change.

    Whether I have been enjoying in the last 26 years of NRM in power or not in inconsequential to this debate here and I must ptotest you insinuation here. The question here is that why do you prefer unconstitutional/undemocratic means of bringing about regime change in Uganda when we have the constitutional/democratic ways to change the regime(s)?

    It is an illusion for you to claim that the last elections were rigged when no competent authority proved so. The opposition having seen that they had no case prefered not to go to court and they can not therefore be complainants, prosecutors and excutioners in their own case. This argument is very redundant!

    Lastly, Ugandans can bring change to Uganda through the ballot or otherwise, if they want. They are not as divided as you claim. In fact in 1986 the brought change when they were more divided between the north and the south. Today these divisions are less pronounced. The only reason they are not bringing any ”change” now is that they see no reason for it – not at least in the way you see it! The objective conditions on the ground are not ripe for such change!!

  5. Dear Peter Okello Maber,

    I am quite surprised and rather saddened that there’s anyone in Uganda who doesn’t see the overwhelming need for regime change. I am sure that even if you don’t stay in Uganda, you must be well aware that in the run-up to the 2011 elections Museveni and NRM raided Bank of Uganda; raided Microfinance Support Centre and filled all critical state institutions with ruling party cadres. Don’t tell me that you didn’t hear that Museveni openly praised Kale-Kayihura and some other Police officer called Moses Kafeero for being cadres.
    You may not know that the EC chairman Badru Kiggundu, secretary Sam Rwakojo and some other commissioners are typical NRM cadres.

    Granted! Assuming for arguments sake we have a legitimately elected government does it have a right to disregard people’s interests when it continuously rips taxpayers of huge sums of money whose accountability cannot be given? How do they explain the irony that full-time politicians in Uganda are at the same time full-time businessmen? How do they explain the fact that people who came in rugs are now the richest in the country?
    I posted a petition about fees increment in public universities, you may need to read through it and tell me whether your namesakes the Okellos can afford to have all their children attain university education. The truth of the matter is that Museveni has created apartheid in Uganda and we cannot tolerate him any longer.
    In fact, now let me suggest the quickest means of toppling this regime. All of us who have teachers that are related with us in any way should justify why the least paid of each one of them should be paid 1.5m or 2m a month; after that other government employees including the police and military will follow suit; doctors will demand a minimum of eight million and all the employees in the private sector will also demand a corresponding wage increment. We must also demand that Museveni immediately implements the students’ loan scheme to cover all post-secondary students.

    The opposition and serious civil society must gather the masses to sensitise them of their rights; we need to converge either at the constitutional square or Kololo airstrip from where we shall walk to state house unarmed and peacefully. I am sure, the hungry, angry and impoverished military and police will join us because we shall be with their children and other relatives. If Mugisha Muntu could join the bush to fight Obote’s regime whose leader was his father’s bosom friend, what will stop poor, hungry, angry, dejected, frustrated and disillusioned sons and daughters of abused policemen and military-men from participating in a struggle that will liberate them and uplift their welfare. Ultimately, Museveni’s regime will collapse under its own weight. Because Museveni has subjected us to deprivation, we have gained the courage to fight him using brains not bullets. He has guns, we have the goodwill of the people. We must extricate ourselves from the yoke of subjugation by the cavalier regime.

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