Uganda’s social media critic has written to President Yoweri Museveni explaining why he chose to oppose the ruling government.
Under his penname Tom Voltaire Okwalinga, the critic shows how Museveni over the years abandoned his democratic stance to put on robes of dictatorship.
The elusive critic who has seen social media users arrested and persecuted in a bid to stop him, warns that people will one day bring down Museveni’s regime.
This is his full letter:
I am Tom Voltaire Okwalinga or you can simply call me TVO and am a native Ugandan citizen and I have followed your style of leadership from the day you took power when I was a young boy of 12 years, to the present time.
The only dominant factor I have observed is that you are not only a cross-eyed liar, but also a manipulator and a big coward too.
You came to power promising to bring a new image on the quality of African leadership, only to end up worse than most small time dictators on this continent, by shifting your goal posts from time to time.
I was there with my uncle in 1986 when you purchased a simple wooden bed from Kalerwe after you had the previous day criticised the overthrown Okello Lutwa government for having imported state house furniture.
I was listening when you said African leaders were only interesed in being called excellencies and flying in special jets abroad while their citizens were hit by jigger epidemics and walking barefoot.
I was listening when you singled out African problem as rulers who overstay in power and for you, that you were going to stay few years and allow civilian rule.
It is 28 years and you are still around occupying that seat.
I was there when you condemned the old regimes for torturing civilians in Panda gari swoops and illegal detention, but you never hesitated to introduce safe houses and engage in illegal arrests of citizens and introducing laws tha suffocate evey kind of freedom of the people.
I was there when in 1986 you condemned corruption, nepotism and patronage, BUT today you have gone back on your words and protect the corrupt who steal monies from programmes like GAVI, Global fund just because they are your close relatives and friends.
You have gone a notch higher and engaged in open bribery of voters using the infamous brown envelopes and sacks of money.
I know you stand no chance of being freely elected without this form of bribery, but the country is breeding, and soon we are going the Burkinabe way.
During the Luweero bush war, you condemned Obote for unfairly promoting army officers from his Langi tribe, and you used this propaganda to convince people to support you to come to power and change what you had told told them.
BUT when you took power, you went a step further by planning to create a family controlled army that s now known as Special Forces Command SFC, which is commanded by your own son Muhoozi Keinerugaba who is the defacto head of armed forces controlling the best of our weaponry leaving the other sections of UPDF under Katumba acting like scouts.
Lastly, I would want to make you aware that the people are now ready to face your dictatorship head-on, and the undemocratic ways of handling political issues that you have now extended tó your own political party NRM, where you have oppressed free competition, will help to hasten your exit from power.
You have taken the people of Uganda for granted for too long, impoverished them so that you make them turn to beg from you, but the 21st century has brought means of enlightening the population and soon they will pay a very harsh visit to your home in a big way.
IT IS THIS BETRAYAL THAT LED ME AND MANY OTHERS TO DECLARE OPPOSTION TO YOUR REGIME WHEN I TURNED 18 ,AND A VOTER, AND I PROMISE TO FIGHT YOU USING ALL MEANS POSSIBLE TO BRING YOUR DICTATORSHIP DOWN.