There is a saying that people learn nothing from history. Ongoing events in Uganda are proof of that saying. Our country appears to have a short institutional memory, bordering on none. Otherwise, why would Ugandan leaders since independence keep making the same mistakes over and over? Grave mistakes were made in 1966, 1971, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1996, 2005, 2011, 2016 and 2017.
On October 17, I had the honour and privilege to be on a panel of eminent speakers at the 5th Apolo Milton Obote Memorial Lecture held in Kampala. The keynote speaker at the well-attended event was Prof PLO Lumumba of Kenya who delivered a powerful and eloquent lecture to commemorate Dr Obote, founding president of the Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC). He praised Obote for his commitment to East African integration and African unity.
After masquerading for two decades as a political party, what happened in Parliament on September 27, exposed NRM and, especially the ruling clique, in their original and true colours! That day of infamy has been coming for some time and to borrow a leaf from Scripture, the wolves hiding under sheepskin shed their camouflage, snarled and tore their prey savagely, without mercy! The façade of civil discourse in Parliament is over!
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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