Bobi Wine is the real danger to Uganda, not Museveni -Andrew Mwenda

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Andrew Mwenda says the real danger to Uganda today is not Museveni but an extremist and fanatical wing of the opposition led lately joined by Bobi Wine. In his latest article, Mwenda says Bobi Wine, Kizza Besigye and other opposition members are emotional desperadoes without any clue of where Uganda has come from, where it is and where it should go.



Mwenda claims that Bobi Wine’s recent “letter to young Ugandans” shows that he lacks the basic competences to even manage a village.
Read Mwenda’s full article below.
So Bobi Wine issued a “letter to Young Ugandans” in which he claims that colonialism marked Uganda’s golden age. This is the problem with President Yoweri Museveni’s critics – always ignorant and emotional and their arguments always lack substance in both matter and manner.
I really don’t want to defend Museveni because I personally disagree with him on many issues. For example his alliance with multinational capital has led him to a blind and naive embrace of foreign investors, a keenness to control inflation at 5% and an obsession with international competitive bidding. This may have given Uganda allocative efficiency (good for the short term) but it has undermined structural transformation that lies at the heart of development.



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The real danger to Uganda today is not Museveni but an extremist and fanatical wing of the opposition led by FDC cult leader and opposition presidential candidate for life, Kizza Besigye, and lately joined by Bobi Wine. These are emotional desperadoes without any clue of where Uganda has come from, where it is and where it should go.
Let us address Bobi Wine’s hare brained uninformed assertions. He claims that colonialism left behind a well functioning education. In 1961, only 343 students were unrolled in S5 and S6 in a country of 7m people.
If such a rate was maintained Uganda today would have 2,225 students in A Level. We have 235,000. And he claims colonialism was the golden age of Uganda.



Bobi Wine also claims colonialism left behind great infrastructure. In 1960, Uganda had only 268km of tarmac after 72 years of colonial rule. The short lived DP government led by Kiwanuka added 210km in one year. Obote added 1,000km in eight years 1962-71. In spite of his government incompetence and corruption, Museveni has in the last 8 years added 4,000km of tarmac. So what is this Bobi Wine really talking about?
This “leader” of the youth of Uganda even claims that under colonial rule a child in a rural primary school would fairly compete with one in the city. But there were no schools in rural areas under colonial rule.




If he meant in towns outside of Kampala, he should check the 2016 PLE results. The ten best performing districts or towns in order of their performance were: Fort Portal, Entebbe, Ntungamo, Rukungiri, Jinja, Kabale, Masaka, Mbarara, Lira and Masindi. Many of these are far away from Kampala, a city that is not one of them.




Many Ugandan elites are lazy. They don’t want to read and know about their country. They prefer to sit in their homes and imagine things and then hope that such imagination is reality.
In the modern age of science, it is sad that those who want to replace Museveni think that they can rely on hallucinations to inform public policy.
Our country deserves better. Bobi Wine may be a good singer and dancer. But his “letter to young Ugandans” shows that he lacks the basic competences to even manage a village.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Mwenda is expired. why cant he give us a break? we want to hear from fresh minds.You cannot be the same person to respond to everything unless you are being paid

  2. If he really has brains #Mwenda as he wishes to portray to the world, let him compare Rwanda’s growth path with that of Uganda. I know he’s an expert on Rwanda. If he’s true to himself , comparing the two economies will illustrate how Uganda is poorly managed for the last 32years!

  3. Who doesn’t know that everyone needs fame?
    There are so many posts you(Andrew Mwenda) update all in the name of fame and you should stop, a materialistic blogger doesn’t act like you.
    At times we wonder where you lie, you disgrace yourself and family. But one day you’ll all realize that you’ve been so mean and selfish . That’s what has brought our country’s underdevelopment. How can you hate your country to this extent. Look at Magezi… Just know that any wrong button you hit brings a discord or flat which inturn creates interference. Let people express themselves because if you could then you’d also be a leader but the mere fact that you are just there whether well doesn’t mean others are okay.
    Now know the kind of literature to feed people at such a time like this. I didn’t get the basis of your point. #season.
    Leave the article a lone. TOGIKWATAKO/OTAGIKWATAHO/DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT.

  4. Instead of defending Museveni and what the government is doing because you are paid to do so,why don’t you look at the current national debt we have accumulated in the last 10 years, the corruption levels which no longer bother anyone because they seem normal,the ever increasing government expenditure on MP’s and statehouse, the increasing inefficiency in public service sectors like education,roads,health…etc,the truth is that Uganda is a failing state and there are only a few people to blame for our demise as a country

  5. Hello Mwenda,
    I agree.

    Emotions shouldn’t inform public policy but facts.

    Most elites In Uganda are like that not only Bobi wine.
    It is good to hear that Bobi wine was given a scholarship at Harvard University to study leadership.

    This education should will assist with aligning his good intentions & passions in the right direction which will be good for the country…..

    Thank you Mwenda for putting your neck out their to take on such elites who want to appeal to the emotions of the common people for there political gains.

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