Back to President Museveni’s Al-Jazeera interview. It is interesting that he referred to the Holy Bible repeatedly to conveniently answer some key questions. But with the Bible you cannot be selective. Philippians 2: 6 would be food for thought for Mr. Museveni as he stubbornly dodges the two most important questions from the interview: how long will you cling to power? And how will history judge you? But I don’t think at this point in his political life Museveni is really serious about the Bible as we know it.
Jesus the Liberator of all Liberators (Mugabe of all Ssabagabes as we say back home), “who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage.” Jesus did whatever the “young man” interviewing the President wanted him to admit he is refusing to do: ‘You have done a good job, groom others, let them take over, and go!” But that’s not the logic of “liberators” in Africa, unless they are Mandela! Museveni has been widely quoted to have said almost a decade ago: “It’s me who hunted and after killing the animal, they [the Opposition] want me to go. Where should I go?”  He has, therefore, been down this road for a while now. He knows exactly what he is doing. He knows the world knows it too. It is embarrassing sometimes when he is paraded and exposed on world TV, but only to “sophisticated Ugandans” and not to “men in uniform”, as Onyango-Obbo noted at the time. It is no longer embarrassing to Museveni himself, either, probably because, I guess, like the Mugabes of Africa, he has reached a point of no return.
Vick L. Ssali is a lecturer in English language and the cultures of English-speaking countries, Aichi Gakuin University, Japan, and a PhD candidate, Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University, Japan