Politicians campaign in prose but govern in poetry, says Paul Ndiho, a TV Executive Producer of Africa Innovation & Technology Channel, Africa Innovation, and Technology Channel on Voice of America.
Ndiho was appearing on NBS TV “Media Round Table” last week alongside Ugandan journalists Joseph Sabiti, Mildred Tuhaise, Simon Kaggwa Njala and Moses Walugembe who covered 2016 US presidential elections live.
According to Ndiho, the difference with what “we are seeing now is that in America, people are allowed to vent, albeit within the law”.
He was referring to mass demonstrations that broke out in US cities as Hillary Clinton’s supporters and immigrants protested against Trump’s victory.
NBS TV reporter Joseph Sabiti noted that many have always thought US elections are perfect “but truth is in our eyes now” that democracy remains a process.
According to Sabiti, African leaders have no reason to worry.
He said for example, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni who is seeing his 6th US president will be on the ballot in 2021 elections.
“President Museveni has positioned himself as the region’s big brother. America under Trump will still need an ally like him.”
NBS presenter Mildred Tuhaise, on the other hand, believes it is too early to know what Donald Trump will do, what campaign promises he will accomplish.
“He is yet to name a Cabinet.”
Ndiho concurred with Tuhaise saying politicians campaign in prose but govern in poetry and that Trump needs consensus on everything he intends to do.
According to another NBS presenter, Simon Kaggwa Njala, the big lesson from Trump’s win is: “Never underestimate the Munyagwas and Segirinyas of this world. We have a lot of Trumps.”
Njala says the US election was about indicting the political correctness.
“If Trump employs a business model, things might change.”
Moses Walugembe, the NBS reporter who covered the campaigns and elections live, said U.S. election should leave lessons in the mouths of African leaders.
“At the end of the day, democracy must win. At one time, Barack Obama called Trump “uniquely unqualified” to be president but he welcomed him to the White House.”
Walugembe believes if Trump’s rhetoric during the campaign is anything to go by, some African leaders have reason to be worried.
“Obama administration partly contributed to Trump’s support. Governments ought to listen to the silent majority.”
Christopher Brown, the spokesperson of the US embassy in Kampala clarified that Trump never intended to arrest Museveni or Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as claimed during the campaign period