Makerere law lecturer, Mwambutsya Ndebesa, says politics of defiance has become the new trend across the African continent.
Appearing on NBS TV Morning Breeze programme Tuesday, Ndebesa said defiance in Uganda is not just about Kizza Besigye.
“Besigye is the leader of the opposition. This is not only about Besigye. We have also seen youth who are not related to him dumping pigs at Parliament.”
He described it as a sign of the youth opposing what is happening in parliament.
“Since the 10th Parliament started, the only things they’ve discussed benefit MPs only; car allowances, burial money,” he pointed out.
He lashed at President Yoweri Museveni for introducing militarism and patronage in politics.
“Museveni’s politics is primarily about militarization. The second version of his politics is about patronage.”
According to Ndebesa, matters like security shouldn’t be limited to the state.
“Rights should be secured. Democracy should be secured too.”
He believes politics in Uganda has also been securitized.
The government in power, he notes, views politics as a threat to national security.
The way forward though is to desecuritize politics, Ndebesa argues.
“There is a new trend in Africa. Politics of defiance. DRC… same thing in Ethiopia. In Gabon, parliament was burnt.”
A similar fate befell on Burkina Faso where both Parliament and vital government installations were burnt to the ground.