Fire in the belly: How Gen Muhoozi outpaced the political class.
When the Muhoozi Army movement first got started, its members were looked down upon and mocked by everyone, including the opposition and the party machinery of the NRM.
People said things like “these people are just looking out for themselves, and they won’t last long”.
The Muhoozi Army did not disintegrate as expected; rather, it caught fire! According to urban legend, the weak-kneed Minister of Internal Affairs, General Kahinda Otafire, sensing a tectonic shift, launched a poorly named campaign dubbed “Tuva ku Main” with the intent of persuading the Sage of Rwakitura, President Museveni, to run for public office one more time. However, the campaign was haphazardly organised and only a small number of people showed up.
They were shunned by the general public. Who could possibly purchase meat from a leper? It is common knowledge that Gen Otafiire has a severe case of diarrhoea of the mouth when it comes to his verbal expressions.
Sensing the resilience of the Muhoozi Army, the hapless cynics turned to character assassination as a tactic of choice.
When the naysayers realised that the sands of time were shifting beneath their feet they started a lame camp of blackmail and innuendos: that Gen Muhoozi drinks; that he has a soft spot for regular folks, the downtrodden; that the storied general is not a reader of much renown; that he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.
It became abundantly clear very quickly that General Muhoozi is a deliberate, patient, and forward-thinking planner. While he is engaged in an entirely different endeavour, he diverts the attention of his critics by presenting them with misleading information to keep them busy talking and focusing on non-issues. Exhibit one: the Nairobi must fall tweet.
This brings us, roundabout way, to a curious case of a man with 8 million people actively supporting him being discounted by the elite, a man with fire on the belly. We can only tell the doubting Thomases one thing: never twist the tail of an old leopard: he’s bound to bite!
The author, Odongo Patrick Lango heads mobilisation for Gen Muhoozi Army in Lango subregion. For media comments reach him on 0782 895 755