By Isaac Wandubile
National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED) pressure group Principal Joseph Kiiza Kabuleta has used his political formation’s inaugural National Conference held on this Easter Monday at the Serena Conference Center to wonder why some opposition figures (who he didn’t name to avoid escalating things) spend sleepless nights worrying about being overshadowed by him instead of focusing their efforts on bringing Gen Museveni‘s 36 years of misrule to an end.
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Kabuleta, who has since the September 2021 unveiling of his political formation been traversing the different regions of Uganda to recruit membership while amplifying his economic liberation message, said he sometimes wonders whether such opposition groups and leaders realize the need to urgently get all Ugandans together so as to stop Gen YK Museveni’s rule which he said is synonymous with obscurantism, violence, plunder and destruction of the country.
He observed that, whereas Police hasn’t been interfering with his consultative and membership recruitment meetings partly because they fear antagonizing him, he has faced stiff and unexpected resistance from some of the opposition formations whose leaders in Kampala continue to use their structures to clandestinely incite the population against him and his economic liberation gospel.
This is how the flamboyant politician from Bunyoro made his point: “I’m proud to report to you that I have been everywhere in this country and our liberation effort is simply unstoppable. People have a lot of hopes in us as NEED because we are their future and hope. However, we have been resisted in some places by opposition groups and not the NRM. I have been speaking back to such misguided groups by telling them look: you don’t have anything that I want. I want power and you aren’t the ones with it.”
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As the huge gathering, which filled Serena’s Victoria Hall to capacity ululated, Kabuleta (his followers call him Principal) ranted on: “In football, you must be out of your mind to go tackling someone who doesn’t have the ball. That’s why some of those people really amuse me. We are talking about someone who destructively has been in power for 36 years and still counting-and we must stop him because he will stop at nothing. Where then do you get the guts to be hostile to those contributing and working very hard day and night towards his removal?”
Saying time is of essence, Kabuleta claimed that the NRM‘s current preoccupation now is to work towards economically impoverishing majority people in Uganda so as to make them easier to govern. “We have thieves everywhere and we must articulate a coherent message focusing on the economic liberation of the people who are living as destitute and have totally been left on their own and those are the majority. There is bad news and hopelessness everywhere. And, as a country, Uganda is now full of fake tycoons who don’t produce anything. They only specialize on stealing government money,” Kabuleta said adding that whereas James Mulwana‘s wealth was explainable through the manufacture of batteries and plastic products over decades, many of Gen Museveni‘s wealthy supporters can’t explain the source of their overnight riches.
Kabuleta also made reference to controversial Italian businesswoman Enrica Pinetti whose company Vinci Coffee Company Ltd was recently authorized to monopolize purchase, processing and export of Ugandan coffee under the very generous terms of a MoU the Finance Minister Matia Kasaija cheerfully signed with her in the month of February. It’s an $80m coffee processing contract which entitles Enrica’s company to a generous tax incentives package which the struggling Ugandan native businesses can only dream about.
The deal has since created widespread outrage (given that the same woman had a few years ago been favored to build a specialized hospital at Lubowa) with Parliament’s Trade & Industry Affairs Committee Chairman Mpaka Mwine summoning all the officials concerned who must publicly appear before him on Monday and Tuesday next week. Renowned for taking no prisoners, Kabuleta told the close to 1,000 promoters of his political grouping to go back to their respective villages and explain to the ordinary Ugandans what makes this Italian lady indispensable at Gen Museveni‘s palace.
“She is an illegal arms dealer who has been secretly selling arms to Museveni’s government. She is now being rewarded with the very generous coffee deal. Let me tell you my deal delegates. That woman knows nothing about coffee. She is just being rewarded for the illegal deals. This is payback time but it’s very annoying how these people see Uganda as their personal property,” said Kabuleta who went on to dare Police or anyone else to arrest him if they believe he is not telling the truth about the controversial Vinci coffee deal. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at email@example.com).