“We Know You Fought In The Bush But Don’t Step On Us” Tayebwa Slams Otafiire, Bush War Veterans

A video circulating on social media has captured Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa delivering a strong message, cautioning the NRM historicals for consistently undermining the parliament he presides over. Tayebwa, who represents Ruhinda North in Mitooma district, assumed the role of Deputy Speaker in March 2022 following the passing of former Speaker Jacob Oulanyah.

Having previously served as the government Chief Whip during Oulanyah's tenure, Tayebwa contested and emerged victorious for the position of Deputy Speaker when Anita Among was elevated to the role of Speaker in the 11th parliament. Both Tayebwa and Among, originating from the former FDC ranks, aligned themselves with the NRM, earning favor from the party's leadership.

In the video, Tayebwa suggests that while Uganda faces ongoing challenges, the solutions have evolved. He cryptically alludes to the questions of 1986, emphasizing that contemporary answers significantly differ from the past. Expressing his perspective, Tayebwa advocates for a departure from narratives centered on past struggles, often invoked by Museveni's bush war comrades who occasionally use their militant past to intimidate others in Uganda.

"The answers do not lie in reminiscing about your bush escapades, brandishing guns. The narrative has shifted entirely. I once told one of them that my birthdate is November 10th, 1980; I was not part of your struggle. We face our own challenges today," Tayebwa states, visibly agitated.

Tayebwa challenges the notion perpetuated by bush war veterans that the absence of revolutionaries in parliament renders the institution ineffective. He contends that the current educated generation must confront those who ascended to power through the bush war era, despite lacking formal education.

"In parliament, the absence of revolutionaries does not equate to irrelevance. We must challenge these assertions, and I urge journalists to aid us in this endeavor. I preside over a parliament comprising highly educated individuals with PhDs and master’s degrees. To claim they cannot govern Uganda, when those without formal education once did, is fallacious," Tayebwa concludes.

The video has sparked discussions online, with many expressing support for Tayebwa's call for a shift in focus and a break from the narratives of the past. As the debate unfolds, it remains to be seen how Tayebwa's message will influence the discourse surrounding Uganda's political landscape.

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