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The Anatomy of Family Rule in Uganda...Is Tz Immune from This?

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Shadow, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. Shadow

    Shadow JF-Expert Member

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    Anatomy of Family Rule

    Previously a critic of political patrimony, there is growing concern even among those closest to him that Museveni is treading the long trodden path that Karugire condemned 23 years ago. For example, Museveni has appointed his wife, Mrs Janet Museveni, as state minister for Karamoja; his brother, Gen. Salim Saleh, formerly a minister of state for micro finance, as Senior Presidential Advisor on defence, a job at the same rank as a cabinet minister; his brother-in-law, Sam Kutesa, minister of foreign affairs; his son, Muhozi Keinerugaba, commander of the Special Forces, his daughter Natasha Karugire, Private Secretary to the president in charge of Household.

    Museveni has also appointed his nephew, Joseph Ekwau (son of his younger sister Violet Kajubiri), Private Secretary to the President in charge of Medical Services (HIV//AIDS); his sister Miriam Karugaba as Administrator at State House (she is semi-literate) and her husband (therefore Museveni’s brother-in-law), Jimmy Karugaba, as Officer in Charge (OC) of the Accounts Department at State House. Museveni has also appointed his sister-in-law, Jolly Sabune, Executive Director of Cotton Development Authority, his niece-in-law, Hope Nyakairu, Undersecretary for Administration and Finance at State House, his cousin Bright Rwamirama, State Minister for Animal Husbandry, his other cousin, Faith Katana Mirembe, Assistant Private Secretary in charge of Education and Social Services and Justus Karuhanga, Private Secretary to the President in charge of Legal Affairs who is a nephew to Mrs Museveni.

    There is no doubt that people like Saleh and Kutesa merit their positions. Saleh is a war hero who distinguished himself as a brilliant and brave rebel commander while Kutesa is one of the veteran politicians on Uganda’s political scene. But equally Uganda has many competent people who can perform their roles. If the president sought to avoid being accused of nepotism, there was enough talent to choose from to make public appointments.

    Many observers say that increasing family influence in government has gone hand in hand with the informalisation of power. Thus, although formal authority is vested in official institutions, effective power is wielded by this informal clique of family and kin. The official structure presents a semblance of national ethno-regional and religious diversity to win the regime legitimacy. The informal but highly powerful structure of the closest of the president’s family and kin is the “real” government.



    For more details and photos visit :

    http://www.independent.co.ug/index.php/cover-story/cover-story/82-cover-story/690-family-rule-in-uganda-
     
  2. jmushi1

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    Kama haya ni kweli basi lazima vurugu zitakuja tena kutokea Uganda no matter how good his administration performs...Laizima mambo hayo yatafikia mwisho na sijui kama mwisho huo utakuwa mzuri.
     
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    Museveni like many African leaders feels insecure that's why he surrounds himself with people he thinks he can trust. In his case it's his family members, in honorable Kikwetes case it is his buddies(?)...I am still not over his remarks at the imf meeting, I bet Ben his predecessor had a good laugh wherever he was.
     
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    Mh. Nkamangi,

    Thanks for the analysis. On the same token, Tanzania politics is also being sorrounded by what we call "wenye damu za waasisi and Undugunization" and indirectly, we are also joining the club bit by bit...Look at the politics and civil servants who joins lucrative jobs at FAM, Treasurer, Our white house to mention a few.

    Jumapili Njema,

    Shadow
     
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    "white house" ndio nini nawewe umezamia marekani ndio maana unaongea vitu vya ajabu alafu mnalalamika kazi watu wanapendelewa.. Rudi nyumbani..lol
     
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    Some degree of this is already in Tanzania, with the Makambas, Mwinyis, Karumes etc
     
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    I have always been perplexed by the fact that Mwinyi junior who has medical training was once a minister of defence and is now min of the union or something like that. The man spent years in medical school for pete's sake!why not utilize the skills he trained in? No wonder he hasnt been useful in any of his ministerial posts, can't blame the man!
     
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    I really wish i was a Tanzanian, at least you have some democracy, imagine, we have had the same president ever since i was born. it is now 26 years with one man controlling Uganda and Ugandans
     
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