A warrant for future political entrepreneurs to invest in politics, a vainglorious triumph for the ruling party, or a dishonourable and dangerous distraction to a national dialogue that would have led to reconciliation, unity and a prosperous 2018? In countries such as Britain where parliament is supreme, the battle would not have been quite over as yet; a controversial decision by the House of Commons would have been referred to the Court of Public Opinion.
When the mighty NRM fails to encapsulate in one sentence the central question which the removal of Article 102(b) will address, and religious leaders (bona fide citizens of this country) are reprimanded for exercising their constitutional rights and enjoying their freedom to express opinions on governance issues, victory is vainglorious. Then the question is prompted whether the past may have once again caught up with the present causing the future to arrive sooner than expected.
opinionBy Samuel BaligiddeOne of the most enduring legacies of resistance movements which transformed into ruling parties in Africa is their unwillingness to break from the past once they capture power and retain it for such a long time that they begin to make horrendous mistakes. They gripe at those who are so ungrateful for the favour of being "liberated from the excesses of the bad regimes of the past eras", which they "treacherously" criticise.
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Selecting a term
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