Dear Uhuru, Magufuli, Museveni #FreeBobiWine in Respect To Kilimanjaro Declaration.
Dear Mr. President Uhuru Kenyatta. I believe you will not mind my scant courtesy. It is due to the sense of urgency with which I am writing this letter. However, it does not detract from the very high regards that many Kenyans (East Africans in which am one) and a lot of people globally have for you. That is not to say that there are not many who are pathologically opposed to your person and will therefore not see anything good in your policies and actions in office. While one may ignore this category of naysayers, there is this other category you must not ignore. They are those who mean well for East Africans Community and are supportive of your governments but feel disappointed with the recent turn of events in the governments with particular regard to the issue in Uganda.
You’ve made yourself the Trustee for those in every country who seek to mend the evils of our condition by reasoned experiment within the framework of the existing social system. If you fail to pull the Ugandans out of this mess, their national change will be gravely prejudiced throughout the world, leaving orthodoxy and revolution to fight it out. But if you succeed, new and bolder methods will be tried everywhere, and we may date the first chapter of a new economic era from your accession to office. This is a sufficient reason why I should venture to lay my reflections before you, though under the disadvantages of distance and partial knowledge.
At the moment your greatest concern should be the Ugandans who are suffering under the Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Regime, we built SGR with them in mind and the only way to do business with them is when there are at peace. I know that by now the nervous and sometimes despondent are shaking to their graves, and that’s because the weak will never champion change. Mr President I know you learnt from the best that African had to offer and thou we had a peculiar problem of our own you were cleaver enough to avert atrocities of un imaginable magnitudes.
Today more than ever before I have the right to defend my fellow East African compatriots for you made us one, we have seen you hop on planes to unity Africa from North Egypt all the way down to South Africa, and to the far west, however you can’t continue to champion your course while your backyard is burning. On my final note to, I would love to express my cordial greetings to Your Excellency. It is an honour to be a witness to the milestones your administration has achieved so far. While I admire your success, let me hasten to add that there is still so much to achieve. A lot has been done but a lot more is still undone. My genial wishes to the Speaker of the House of Representatives. I sincerely hope he would be served copies of this letter of aching concern.
Dear Mr. President John Pombe Magufuli. I know it’s such a bad day for me to write to you for almost everyone in your country has a wildly distorted view of what is happening in the Uganda. It not their mistake but they are busy building the economy with big projects at hand they may not have time to notice what happening to their west. Allow me to brief you why you are pulled into this, am well informed that more than even before the East African Community has risen up again and thus include me as a Kenyan. Having noted that am also sure that you follow closely you colleagues in the league. But am sure I will bring you up to speed. In my view the average City man believes that you are engaged on a hare-brained expedition in face of competent advice, that the best hope lies in your wisdom to the ageing compatriot Yoweri Kaguta Museveni yourself of your present advisers to return to the old ways, and that otherwise the Ugandan Nation is heading for some ghastly breakdown. That is what they say they smell.
There is are crud essence of wise head-waging by those who believe that the nose is a nobler. May I crave your attention, whilst I put my own view ? You are engaged on a double task, Unity and Economy. For the first, speed and quick results are essential. The second may be urgent too; but haste will be injurious, and wisdom of long-range purpose is more necessary than immediate achievement. It will be through raising high the prestige of your administration by success in short-range unity, that you will have the driving force to accomplish long-Economic reform. That’s why you can’t yourself to bury your head under the sand. On the other hand, even if and necessary unity may be achieved, in some respects, a weak nation among the league may impede and complicate Economic Recovery. For it will upset the confidence of the business world. More so weaken their existing motives to action, before you have time to bring up other motives in their place.
It’s in this view that I wish you have time out of your busy schedule to have a chat, to see the way forward for the best interest of the whole community. It may over-task your bureaucratic machine, but the traditional individualism of the East Africans must not arise in the efforts to build a stronger coalition.
Dear Mr. President. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Finally to the man of the day. Mr. President Sir, with the exception of first time voters, most of those who voted for you as President in 1986 (I was 3yrs Old then) did so without much persuasion because of your untainted record of public service exemplified by your almost Spartan lifestyle and incorruptibility at least, by human standards. Your military lifestyle despite the many “plum” offices you occupied in the past, attests to your character.
It is with a heavy heart that I sit down to write Your Eminence. As a conscious, patriotic and progressive youth, I could not help but register my dissatisfaction with my country’s plight alongside a volley of plea to your administration to rescue this dire situation. Excuse the curtness of my manners. The intensity of my pain has almost robbed me entirely of formality. My passionate plea is not for a personal gain but for a revision of government’s position on issues of health, poverty and education, the individual components forming the fulcrum around which our collective development and glory as a nation revolve.
Sir, I read the disapproving remarks you made against Social Media at general and the taxes you imposed to those who wish to connect to the outside world. I didn’t write to you then for I knew that sooner or later the patriots of Uganda will rise up. My main concern is the unpleasant efforts of various security agencies raise upon their fellow countrymen. Your neighours must have taught you a lesson although it seems you did not take your notes. The people of Kenya resisted to the last point of which you are just in the beginning. With a commensurate level of concern – and perhaps more, I have found myself under the onus of speaking on this trend with a view to achieving an impressive turn in events that will lead you and your government at large to respect the Rule of Law and with immediate effect release the prisoners of war.
I bet that you all know very well. The Kilimanjaro Declaration which read in part “We, the citizens and descendants of Africa, as part of the Africans Rising Movement, are outraged by the centuries of oppression; we condemn the plunder of our natural and mineral resources and the suppression of our fundamental human rights. We are determined to foster an Africa-wide solidarity and unity of purpose of the Peoples of Africa to build the Future we want – a right to peace, social inclusion and shared prosperity.”
On 23-24 August 2016, two hundred and seventy two representatives from civil society, trade unions, women, young people, men, people living with disabilities, parliamentarians, media organisations and faith-based groups, from across Africa and the African diaspora gathered in Arusha, Tanzania and committed to build a pan-African movement that recognises these rights and freedoms of our People.
It is my belief that your prompt response to the issues raised above will allay the fears of many East Africans that your governments has been hijacked by the enemies within and restore their confidence in your ability to take decisive actions at critical moments.