In the TV Series, REVENGE, Chronicling the life of a Distraught Emily Thorne: SEASON 1, EPISODE 7 "Charade”, As Hamlet said to Ophelia, "God has given you one face and you make yourself another." The battle between these two halves of identity who we are and who we pretend to be is unwinnable. (This is referring to Shakespeare's famous tragedy Hamlet. These words are said to Ophelia, Hamlet's girlfriend, in anger and frustration). Just as there are two sides to every story, there are two sides to every person. One that we reveal to the world and another we keep hidden inside. A duality governed by the balance of light and darkness. Within each of us is the capacity for both good and evil. But those of us who are able to blur the moral dividing line hold the true power.
I am an ardent lover of the Law and Scripture and I always believed that: “no matter who is President, Jesus Christ is King”. There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labor in His service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. Truth is something like the cluster of the vine: if we would have wine from it, we must bruise it; we must press and squeeze it many times. The bruiser's feet must come down joyfully upon the bunches, or else the juice will not flow; and they must well tread the grapes, or else much of the precious liquid will be wasted. So we must, by meditation, tread the clusters of truth, if we would get the wine of consolation therefrom.
From the MEDITATIONS OF MARCUS AURELIUS, ELEVENTH BOOK: Pg. 98 of 128 we read: “To grow together in a matter of a good correspondence and affection; but not in a matter of opinions. They that shall oppose thee in thy right courses, as it is not in their Power to divert thee from thy good action, so neither let it be to divert thee from good affection towards them. But be it thy care to keep thyself constant in both; both in a right judgment and action, and in true meekness towards them that either shall do their endeavor to hinder thee, or aleast will be displeased with thee for what hast done. For to fail(either in the one that give over ,for fear, or in the other to forsake thy natural affection towards him, who by nature is both thy friend and kinsman) is equally base, as much as savoring the disposition of a cowardly fugitive soldier”
#FREEBESIGYE:"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a timewhen we fail to protest."― Elie Wiesel
“Having then a great high priest, who hath passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God; let us hold fast our confession.
For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that hath been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” .
There is a very dangerous notion that the NRM apologists and their boss subscribe to; “that every critique no matter how true is wrong”. I accept, Let me the fool here, but accept this rebuttal. The EC boss Badru Kiggundu, Uganda Police and their architect Mr.Museveni + 1, Andrew Mwenda, among the many have built some frenetic agenda—you are welding our nation march head-long into tyranny and despotism and the cattle following are quite aware of this, and yet enthusiastic about, where the cattle train is going. Now lest you think that my angst is with just Mwenda (and a large part to it),my biggest angst is with everyone who applauds and empowers the ugliness.Mr.Museveni will not repudiate having the interests of the privileged future taken care of(while the majority are taken for a ride; it hurts that his personally infatuated YES-MEN can wake up to this heart-wrenching reality)The singular explanation I have for such kinds of people though is; they have long been repudiated from Freedom and independence and Museveni’s operating procedure of do as I say has sunk in them so deep. But in the end, the world will know the truth. Apparently, truth is the most valuable thing, we have to economize it.There could be smatterings of Justice needed to start it off to the camp of Freedom—where we will see the Barrack and Michelle Obama of Uganda walk with ease to state house to serve by the will of the people.
There has been a very false claim led by Andrew Mwenda that Dr.Besigye didn’t win the election but only won a ‘propaganda war’—I totally refute those flat-out lies. The good news, my Skepticism is a refreshing alternative. Museveni’s candidacy was so dreary—the dreariness begun with a move to have himself as a sole candidate for the NRM Party for the 5th term in a row; that’s when his best ally the former Prime Minister, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi,was pushed out of the limo and told his lifts in the limo are done with(If you remember, he has since been looked at as an alien)—this is something you should relate with Andrew Mwenda;do you remember when you called Museveni a Villager and you were imprisoned? You sure have learnt nothing and forgotten nothing. Where did you even find the nerve to question what the FDC has learned from losing four times? I will call Mr.Museveni what he is and please tag along because this shoe fits you perfectly, Andrew Mwenda.He is a tyrant and pathological liar—even if the whole country goes to the voting booth and votes him (which can never happen), I can never murder my conscience empowering the ugliness. You are a reflexive liar and he is a clinical narcissist; yes you two make a good team, kudos! Let me make this a little easier for you to understand; in the words of Larry. P. Arn: “Tyrants are hated because they rule by force—one of the things tyrants have to do is longevity in office—because, as Aristotle said, tyrannies don’t last very long—is they have to declare war on every kind of excellence. Especially contemplative kinds, especially kinds owed to God. Because they can’t really get their way with people who think there is something higher than them, and they really can’t get their way with excellent people,so they tend to do things to corrupt the people”
Dr.Besigye has paid his dues and surely for anyone to try and cheat us out of the hard-won Victory is trying our Patience and yet someone who can’t afford his own lies is out here promoting the vilest gospel of foolery I have read and heard in a long time. He enthusiastically applauded candidate Museveni and put on a pedestal while presenting Dr.Besigye as a soar loser.Thats the biggest air of pestilence this article is going to clear. I am one of the people who sees hopeful possibilities (even if the Museveni government and his minions fantastically try to blur these hopes) even when ‘others’ claim that it is going to hell in a hand basket;I will not let cynics like you do eye-surgery on me, this I promise you. I have decided to think of my life as a trajectory instead of plans, it makes more sense. Show me one person who makes others suffer and I will show you who is working with him to pass on the suffering even to other more people. Earlier in the early days of the Presidential race, when Andrew Mwenda endorsed candidate Museveni, I didn’t get surprised. I have gotten used to his hypocrisies that there is nothing that I take serious that he says anymore. I was only shocked when he told President Obama to stay away from Africa in a letter he wrote after he had just left Addis Ababa for Washington DC.I couldn’t contain it, so I rebutted, actually in my 2ND Letterto President Obama, I made sure he understand that there are Ugandans who appreciate what he said while in Africa. Something that I am going to do again in this article. Let me ask you something, do these lessons from the iconic Nelson Mandela strike you as important? I pray I give you the best rebuttal since you had the audacity to ask for it (If it doesn’t satisfy you, I challenge you a debate on national TV, of your choice).I can only hope that he was compensated for his soul when he sold it.I have no idea where this is leading but my Prayer is that my name will be engraved upon the marble of history as one that didn’t shrink in the moment when the truth was obvious to the discerning eye.
I would like us to read Laurence Ferlinghetti’s poem together: “PITY THE NATION”
Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
And whose shepherds mislead them
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars,
Whose sages are silenced,
And whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
Pity the nation that raises not its Voice,
Except to praise the conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero.
And aims to rule by force and by torture
Pity the nation—oh, pity the people who allow the rights to erode
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty”.
If you are applauding what candidate Museveni and his minions have done to silence Dr.Besigye,you are very terrible human being, much as I can bet my bottom dollar that you aren’t having lesser nightmares. You are explicitly shoving in a man who promises to to rule as a despot obedient only to his fickle and ever changing whims. You are deliberately playing your lot choose tyranny either because you are too obtuse to see it ahead of time or too lazy or too pathetic to care.Please,implore you Andrew, do not be a lunatic: when your car is headed for a cliff, the last thing you want is a quiet flag man.
Silence in the face of evil is evil itself: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.
In the word of the Scripture, Ephesians 5:11: “Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness but instead expose them”—thus sayeth the LORD.I knows you do not believe in GOD (I personally heard you say it when you came to speak us when I was a University student at Uganda Christian University, I haven’t forgotten).But I will call your attention to the word of the Scripture in 1 Samuel Chapter 8 the strayed people made a very terrible mistake and they asked : “Give us a king”, the people pleaded. “We want to be like other nations”, the people pleaded. They abandon God’s way. The prophet Samuel warned Israel that there would be consequences for allowing a king to rule over them, but in spite of the warnings—they still demanded a king and they wanted someone other than God to protect them from their enemies—to fight for them. They chose man to be the source of their greatness not God. And how did it end? NOT GOOD. To me, the gospel Andrew Mwenda is preaching strikes me as presenting to ours Mr.Museveni as a King to whom he lays the future of each one of us unto him, I have never had a nightmare of this magnitude and Andrew Mwenda is to blame!!
Now allow me to first tell you about Andrew Mwenda & I: Compare & Contrast
· Both Mwenda and I are Voracious readers
· Mwenda is very well travelled; I am not necessarily well travelled.
Mwenda is very popular, I am not, and I am comfortable where I am.
· Mwenda is a hypocrite; I am not and abhor hypocrisy to the letter.
· Mwenda believes Dr.Besigye didn’t win the election; I refute and defy those lies!
· Mwenda loves hanging in comfort zones, I do not
· Mwenda is the ‘old man’ of his clan; I am the ‘young man’ of my clan.
· Mwenda doesn’t believe in God, I DO!!
Now listen, St. Paul to the Corinthians says: “Do not be bound together with the unbelievers; for what partnership has righteousness, or what fellowship has light with Darkness?” –2 Corinthians 6:14, NASB.
The Scripture in the gospel of Luke 16:3 says: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate one and love the other, or you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t serve both money and God”
Can a man claim Christ and turn around and cheat and steal and expect to be saved of his sins? Accepting Christ means you are trying to follow Him. He atoned for our sins, but He expects us to act differently. We view the trinity of the God-Head as: one, God the eternal father, two: His son Jesus Christ & three: God the Holy Spirit. We pray to the father in the name of Jesus Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ…that our children may know to what source they look for a remission of sins”—-Book of Mormon, Nephi 25:26.Void of any substantial biblical moorings, people are swept away by the impassioned rhetoric of a demagogue (PS: A demagogue is a leader who obtains power by means of impassioned rhetoric).
I do not write this to you as an authority figure but one citizen who strongly believes that all avenues of truth no matter how dimly discernible should explored. I have said this before and I will emphatically say it again. I want to call upon all the authority figures to try and much as they can to do this for me.About Dr.Besigye’s supporters: they want someone to protect them and their way of life (a life very miserable and way-different from that of the privileged few)vilifying them will not change their minds. Listening and expressing empathy is the only path to light .Of course, doing this requires that we face our own fears first. This is the greatest challenge we as individuals face through the evolution and awakening of our collective human consciousness. This way, we all win, Peace and security wins: “ONE UGANDA, ONE PEOPLE”. Again, do not write this as an authority figure but only as a citizen who is very much worried and cares about his country. Where I overstate the truth, bear with me and forgive me.And, where I am short of the truth, I pray the LORD shines a light in those places~Grace Abaho Sr, P10 AUTHOR