JANET MUSEVENI: I want to tell Ugandans that I forgive her

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The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni has posted on facebook an interview she had with NTV, in which she reacts to recent criticism by fiery Makerere University researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi.

Dr Nyanzi has criticized the First Lady, for what she claims, is her failure to push government to implement a campaign promise to provide sanitary pads to school going children.

Dr Nyanzi stepped up her criticism on social media after this week’s interview  in which, the First Lady  speaking as Education Minister, criticized the long hours children spend at primary school and their transportation to school.

She particularly criticized the practice of sending children to school unaccompanied on boda bodas (motor cycles).

“I have received reports about Dr Stella Nyanzi insulting me. I don’t know what wrong I committed to deserve that kind of language and abuse. However, I want to tell Ugandans that I forgive her,” Janet Museveni told NTV.

©Alleastafrica and The Independent, Uganda

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  1. Subject: “JANET MUSEVENI: I want to tell Ugandans that I forgive her” Mar 30, 2017

    Commentary, 30 Mar 2017
    I have to be careful here! Dealing with powerful personalities on the political stratosphere one has to choose his/her words very carefully.

    Let the above be as it may be, as one concerned African, I am writing to express my opinion – a natural endowment in the place that I am fortunate enough to be, far away from purgatory of my native Continent. In contrast, Dr Stella Nyanzi, Researcher at Makerere University, expressed her opinion right at the SPOT, daringly facing whatever comes against her freedom and liberty – and mindful of equal rights to others too. In this case, I don’t see where Dr Nyanzi trespassed the demarcation line. Hence, I can’t see where the Honourable First Lady and Minister of Education and Sport is “insulted”. We are left with the awkward position of questioning the grievance of such High Personality.

    Criticism is one thing and insulting is quite different – to state the obvious. In general, our African Leaders and their Families consider themselves above criticism. It is beyond me to dwell on the description of African Leaders attitude from Emperors to village chieftain. But in short, this is where our problem starts. African Leaders and their Families consider themselves as different breeds than the African commoners. They seem to believe that the concept of the endowment of natural rights belongs to them, exclusively. With this attitude, the rest of the ordinary citizens are left in misery to cope up with mere existence [not living] as best as they can ‘under the boots’ of self-appointed earthly gods.

    To go back to the News Article, for the Life of me, I don’t see why the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sport reacted in the manner described. Let us re-read what the First Lady wrote: QUOTE: I have received reports about Dr Stella Nyanzi insulting me. I don’t know what wrong I committed to deserve that kind of language and abuse. However, I want to tell Ugandans that I forgive her,” Janet Museveni told NTV. UNQUOTE. The Reader is at a loss to know about the claim of “insult” and the “kind of language and abuse” that Dr. Stella Nyanzi is supposed to have uttered. The First Lady puts us in an awkward position [perhaps unconsciously] to believe her without questioning, by virtue of her being the First Lady! As the saying goes, that is a ‘big order’, unpalatable in a democratic, free and liberated societies who believe in equality. But then, we are talking about Africa.

    Africa has a long, long, long way to go. I have a deep frightening feeling that AFRICA will NOT make it even to the wishful thinking level that WE the diaspora are conveniently hallucinating about. Here is a glaring fact that supports this gloomy forecast about our Africa: WE have about twenty-thousands (wild guess, 20,000) Africans of the highest educational level, with Doctor of Philosophy Degrees (PhD) from Ivy League Universities around the Globe, and comfortably employed at high level posts in foreign countries or working (with pretentious ‘blindness’) for dictatorial African governments for their own ‘profit’ — meaning, ‘the hell’ to the ordinary people! Question: Can fifty-four (yes, only 54) of these elites [leaving aside the ‘toothless’ 54-year old African Union) get together and discuss about Africa with the idea of developing a blueprint [guidance] for Africa? The simple answer is: NO. As to the question of ‘Why’, it takes a mammoth research and deep analysis on the: a) African’s so-called “modern” education system and its consequences; b) economic structure of the Continent; c) political maneuvering by foreign countries; and above all d) psychological analysis (studies) pertaining to the African societies. In its simplistic form, the study must dwell on the cardinal question i.e. WHY AFRICA BEHAVE THE WAY IT DOES? If the TRUE DEEP STORY of Africa were to be written, the end result of volumes of books would be classified as the most incisive and superior literary work ever undertaken, exposing the cruel and criminal historical deeds of the so-called ‘civilized’ world, perpetrating upon the African people and the African Continent. They are still doing it — this time with wide open eyes of our refined Western ‘trained’ African Intellectuals. It reminds one of the legendary rat in an experimental box endlessly going into zigzags in futility. <<< something like that! [1]
    OH YES! CRY, MY BELOVED AFRICA.

    Footnote: [1] It is based on my ‘modern’ education of memorization to get a passing grade and eventually a piece of paper attesting of my physical presence in admirable campus. The rest is up to the individual’s way of pretension in Life. Forgive me for my crude frankness.

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