By David Serumaga
Last week, some of Uganda’s opposition political parties launched the People’s Front for Transition (PFT). They termed the Red Card campaign hoping to end the legally elected President of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. This unproductive red card campaign is led by the 4-time presidential aspirant and former Forum for Democratic Change president, Dr. Kizza Besigye. He was joined by other distressed political parties like Social Democratic Party, People’s Progress Party, the Conservative Party, JEEMA, DP Block and a faction from Uganda People’s Congress.
The formation of this pressure group and campaign was launched by 85 percent of its members who terribly failed in the previous general elections. Those showing up at a time like this seems to portray that they are looking for media relevancy, foreign funding accountability and political resurrection.
It is on record that opposition members in Uganda led by Dr. Besiege have formed countless pressure groups and campaigns but failed miserably. Among these campaigns and projects includes, Museveni Agenda 2021, Defiance 2015, Walk to Work 2011, Twerwaneko 2019, Black Monday 2013, Tojjikwatako 2017, Tubalemese 2018, People’s government 2017, Free my vote 2016, I can’t breathe 2016 and Besigye Swears in as president 2016 among others.
This pressure group died a natural death not because the government is against it but because the public has deliberately refused to welcome it since there is nothing new it has but rather to keep a few people in the media limelight.
I know that similar campaigns are coming due to some foreign support but I see it as a wastage of resources and energy. The red card membership will not yield anything because it is like boiling water directly from the lake expecting to make vapor. Instead of concentrating on rebuilding the diminishing FDC support, they are busy promising Ugandans what is impossible.
It is amazing that parties like FDC failed to end the leadership of President Museveni when they had some public support, minimal members of parliament and some prominence in the opposition circles. They are coming up now at a time when no one can follow Dr. Besigye or John Ken Lukyamuzi on the streets of Kampala.
It is a shame that some people have failed to realize that they can not cause any impact on Uganda’s political arena because Ugandans have offered them many chances and failed to utilize them. The public want to hear about service delivery not continuous lamentations.
David Serumaga Works with Uganda Media Center