NRM working for its downfall?
November 28, 2020, we lost a family member and therefore had to spend some days in the village ewaffe e Buddu.
Since 2006, I have been a voter at Kabwaami A polling station in Kingo Sub-county. This particular polling station (as of November 2020), had never voted against the NRM but something was amiss this time round – the pride of anyone identifying themselves as NRM seemed to be waning.
Apart from Hajji Abdu Kiyimba’s lone poster hanging on an electric pole, you could hardly see any other yellow poster in the entire village.
The red-white-and-blue posters were almost everywhere. In the centre of the trading centre, a group of men (it was a combination of young adults and middle aged adults) took turns to attend to a Bobi Wine billboard; wiping off the dust, keeping it away from sun or rain, and once the sun went down, someone had to “host the President for the night because the president does not sleep out in the cold,” one of the men, a former NRM functionary told me.
In the days that followed, the NRM leaders in the village profiled some of this group members and forwarded the list to “security” chiefs in Lwengo. The NRM chairman at our village is part of a group that wants to hoodwink the locals into losing their land to some “smart” man naye yatusanga tulaba. That very weekend I learned that the “Omufere w’ettaka” (borrowing words of a church elder I found preparing for the Sunday service at Kabwaami Church of Uganda), died in a motor accident but we are still alert. Imagine my parents settled there in 1952 and in 2020, someone wanted to tell us that the land is not ours.
A week to the January 14 elections, well guarded men went to village to pin up yellow posters and… the other group fled their homes. What the NRM people did, maybe unknowingly, was to bring to life memories of the 1980s. I heard that once a UPC chairman listed you, and the infamous Land Rover (Mpaawo atalikaaba) visited the village, bad news was anticipated.
Several of the NUP “presidential” team members in the village kept away from their homes until January 14th when they returned to participate in the elections. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who has previously overwhelmingly won at our polling station lost miserably as did the NRM parliamentary candidates down to the LC-V candidates. The same happened yesterday during the LC – 3 elections.