Ugandans have descended on Independent Magazine CEO, Andrew Mwenda, who they accuse of “intellectual dishonesty” and “betrayal of the African elite”.
The biting attacks follow Mwenda’s opinion published by Al Jazeera news outlet where he slanders US president, Barack Obama, as a “puppet”.
A puppet is a person being manipulated, whether he he realizes it or not, not capable of forming his or her own ideas and often adopts a set of ideals and protect them vehemently by ridiculing other peoples’ values.
Dr Vincent Magombe, Secretary Free Uganda Leadership Committee and Press Secretary FU (Gen David Sejusa’s party), also Head of Platform to Rescue Uganda (PRU) Diaspora Mobilisation has no kind words for the senior journalist.
Magombe says he is not disputing facts which Mwenda writes about the US or other imperialists, i.e how they have exploited Africa; how those societies are also engulfed in corruption; and how minorities in those countries are mistreated, etc etc because eveyone knows very well what ‘colonialists and imperialists’ have done and continue to do to Africa.
“What, however, should be of interest to modern-day Ugandans and Africans, beyond castigating the role played by those ‘outside dark forces’ in creating and sustaining Africa’s problems, is to additionally look inward and reflect on the role that we africans ourselves have played and continue to play in the destruction and rape of our Mother continent.”
He quotes a Ugandan observer (pen-name Rabba Naga) who said on the online Africa-at-Heart (UAH)- Stereo discussion forum, that the problem with the so-called contemporary ‘African thinkers’, like Mwenda, is that they are “a Symbol of the ideological conflict of the African elite”
According to Rabba Naga, “…before we condemn Mwenda, first ask, what does he really represent? If you were to ask him and he was to answer truthfully, can he reconcile his views of yesterday and those of today? Mwenda, like all the African traitors before him, is a perfect symbol of that ideological conflict of the African elite, many of whom are guilty of political and ideological betrayal of our people and should be written off.”
“Unfortunately for Mwenda,” continues Magombe, “he underestimated the intelligence of Ugandans, by thinking that they are not clever enough to know what his actual motives were in his assault on Barak Obama’s condemnation of African dictators, like Yoweri Museveni, who seek to rule for life and will do anything, including gross violations of the peoples’ rights and freedoms, to illegally entrench themselves in power”.
Magombe says Mwenda’s links and connections to Museveni’s state house are no secret to most Ugandans.
“Nearly everyone in Uganda today knows how Andrew Mwenda works within the shadows of Mr Museveni’s state house. Ugandans also know very well what Andrew has been up to in Paul Kagame’s Rwanda.”
“It is no secret whatsoever that what Andrew has been doing, for some time now, is a ‘not-so-clever’ packaging of the defence of the Museveni state house, something he does under the guise of engaging in a pan-Africanist assault on imperialism.”
He challenged Mwenda to be honest enough, come out with a blunt critique of Museveni’s undemocratic and repressive credentials, as he once did – in the days gone by.
“Let him help Ugandans to understand better the inner-workings of Museveni dictatorship. Andrew can do this using his inside-knowledge and his close connections to the first family. Why is he quiet about all that now, when he used to do so before?”
“Why is it that these days Mr Andrew Mwenda is only interested in leaping to the defence of Museveni and other African dictators, and is not minutely interested in analysing the murders, political harassment and repression of political opponents in Uganda and other African countries.”
He said true and honest pan-africanists, like Kwame Nkrumah had already exhausted the question of western imperialism but Ugandans and Africans in general now want to hear from AMwenda and all those who profess to be the ‘new African Pan-Africanists’ talk about the ills and pains of African people as caused and perpetuated by” African killers, dictators and thieves upon their own African peoples”.
A Ugandan critic in the diaspora, Martha Leah Zesaguli, Mwenda has lost credibility by wtiting such a piece for Al Jazeera.
“How much money is enough for him. He has lost credibility big time…the minute he started praising and worshiping to brutal dictators”.
Leah says its immature for Africans to ”pull the colonialism card” whenever our leaders are held accountable for their mistakes.
“Whether we like it or not, at some point we need to grow up as a people and hold our leaders accountable for the rampant corruption, human rights abuse, power-greed among others without bias, without arrogance.”
She adds: “When it comes to aid, yes our leaders sign agreements and take the money and in most cases misappropriate it! But when one of those donor countries speaks out on poor governance, then we begin to say,”Africans problems require African solutions”.”
“Who should admonish African leaders when the African Union has failed to do its work: abuses of political rivals in Uganda, Rwanda, genocides done by Sudan in Darfur, and the slavery in Mauritania, among other predicaments in Africa?”