While we are on the topic of the banning of the usage of the red beret of the People Power movement, which is a topic we still have much to say about, may I proceed with the best advice any of the several pundits has given so far? I have the perfect solution.
So, People Power wants something to distinguish them, right?
People Power wants something that will not be banned by government right?
So you need something which government does not already have. Take these examples and use them assiduously and you will end up saying to yourselves, “Bazanye di man Dem sharp!”
Always follow traffic rules to the letter. Be courteous and considerate road users– whether driving or bodaring. Let’s have People Power members stick to the right lane, obey the traffic lights and speed limits and instead of slapping traffic officers, give them hugs.
Apathetic and undecided Ugandans will get used to saying to themselves, “What a courteous road user. He or she must be a People Power affiliate.”
Change leadership frequently. Guys, Bobi doesn’t have to become president. He is already in the best place he can be for Uganda. In a democracy, the legislature is the power of the people and really ought to be more influential than the presidency. Moreso the opposition factions, because it is them who keep the president in check. If you are about people power, take parliament, not the presidency.
This means becoming if not a party, then at least a loose affiliation of parties which have their own leaders. Then have term limits, observe them and let leaders graciously hand over power to their successors.
It will be great. Especially if an ANT party MP hands over to an NRM MP who then hands over to a DP party MP and they shake hands. Then it will be party after party after party. Hah hah!
Third, fund schools and health care institutions which have been neglected by the state. People Power members could make sure that their local education and health centres are well-catered for instead of asking gavumenti etuyambe, which is as useless as Lokodo trying to prevent Ugandans from being sexy by banning miniskirts. I don’t wear minis yet I still look delicious.
If the clinic doesn’t have matresses and paracetamol because MoH is being the way it bes, it’s supervisor can wake up one morning and find a pile of cartons in the compound, and say, “Eh. This activity bears the distinct hallmark of People Power activists. This is obviously them. There is no ambiguity about this. Unlike red berets where you wonder whether the person wearing one is a PP or just a fan of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kylie Jenner or any of the other international celebrities who sport red berets, it is clearly People Power.”
And this is the best part. You remember when this thing started, Bobi dem say he wasn’t doing it to usurp the government, or to take it over, but just to make it better.
With this plan, even if NRM decides that they are going to take such behaviour from People Power and do it themselves, or gazette it as their own work, then it still counts as a victory.
No need to thank me. I do it for the love.