Ndagamuntu Crisis: The Bitter Truth

Yesterday, Frank Gashumba officially joined the list of the people who think that a mere National Identity Card commonly referred to as Ndagamuntu in Luganda cannot be used to unseat President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni from a position he has occupied for a period of over three decades. The other day, it was Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former presidential aspirant on the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) card and they are not the only ones who think this way and considering that the latter has tried it four different times and failed, he must be speaking out of experience.

All these opinions come at a time when another Presidential hopeful, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine is spearheading a campaign to ensure that everyone eligible secures a National ID so that his/her vote counts in 2021. Of course we cannot say that Besigye or Gashumba who showed full support for Bobi Wine and even graced his campaigns in 2007are now against him. The truth is they must be airing their opinions from the bottom of their hearts and out of love for their country.

However, the move leaves the public with a lot of QUESTIONS unanswered. If the Ndagamuntu can’t remove Museveni from power, what option are they left with? Should the people just abandon the whole exercise? Should they stay indoors during the Election Day? Should they give up on the whole dream of winning Mr. Museveni? Are we giving them an impression that power transition can only occur by the use of gun?

All in all, am not trying to mean that it’s wrong for the above to air out their opinions. However, it’s always better to follow a problem with a solution. Citing a problem without giving me a way out is like a doctor telling you that you’re suffering from typhoid and then walks away without prescribing medicine for you. For God and My Country.

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