Nigerian writer, the late Chinua Achebe, quotes an Igbo proverb: “When suffering knocks on your door and you say you have no room for it, it tells you not to worry since it brought along its own stool”.
This week was about the fall of the Babu family.
The head of the family, Francis Babu, a former Minister for Housing, was badly defeated by a singer, Dan Kazibwe aka Ragga Dee, in the Kampala Mayoral race.
It was the shock of the decade for Babu himself, an NRM bigwig.
As if that was not humiliating enough, his wife Margaret Zziwa too suffered a similar defeat in the race for NRM Kampala Central MP flag.
On October 25 at 7:48pm, Zziwa [unsure of the future] rushed to her Facebook wall and pleaded with voters.
“To all people in Kampala central I humbly request for your vote tomorrow in the NRM primaries and be the flag bearer of the party in the coming elections,” she wrote.
“Vote capt BABU FRANCIS EDWARD for the LORD MAYOR KAMPALA DISTRICT,” she entreated.
Barely two days after, she was trounced by Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, a relative to singer, Bobi Wine.
The relentless politician is not done yet, she is still running for NRM chairperson women’s league.
This is the second time in a short time that Zziwa is being publically humiliated.
In December 2014, she was impeached from the office of Speaker of East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).
In the historical plenary that sat in Arusha Tanzania, 36 regional legislators voted to impeach Zziwa, 2 voted against the motion while 1 abstained from voting.
Dora Byamukama, Uganda’s EALA representative and Zziwa’s worst enemy who she accuses of spearheading the motion, was the first to cast a vote in favour of the impeachment motion.
Zziwa was accused of misconduct, abuse of Office and disrespect to members, among others.
She hurried to East African Court of Justice to no avail.
Zziwa on June 5, 2012 became the first female Speaker of EALA.
Her contract was supposed to run for five years.