Presidential candidate Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu has claimed that NRM National Chairman and 2021 winning Presidential candidate, Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, has created hatred against the people of Ankole “due to the bad things the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has done to Ugandans”.
While campaigning in his home district of Ntungamo in Western Uganda, Muntu claimed that Ugandans from other parts of Uganda are tired of people from Ankole because “those in leadership got drunk of power and forgot that they lead the whole country, have done things that make the rest of the people in the country to detest you.”
Candidate Muntu is going too low for votes. Why should the rest of Ugandans hate the people of Ankole when their son, Museveni, has represented the whole of Uganda well in leadership and performed excellently on the national, regional and global map as a leader? Is NRM only for people from Ankole? Museveni himself is from Ankole but not of Ankole alone. His kinsmen offered him to all Ugandans as a messiah and he has fulfilled his mission. That is why they have repeatedly accorded him their mandate to lead them.
Being from Ankole is not the only classification applicable to Museveni; he is also of the male gender, a protestant, a senior citizen and so on. Should we also say that the rest of Ugandans hate men, protestants, senior citizens, etc, because Museveni is one of them?
This is the problem with personalising and “sectarianising” the debate on national issues. Nobody hates Ankole for political reasons because hatred is not at play among sober Ugandans.
Gen. Muntu’s comments are intended to intimidate the people of Ankole and create disunity among Ugandans and unexpected of a senior officer like him. They should be dismissed with the contempt they deserve.
If Muntu is not careful, he will totally lose respect and relevance in progressive Uganda which should be free of sectarian practices and insinuations.