I am writing to you out of deep concern about what is currently happening in Uganda and the likely instability and a possible civil war.
History shows that, when leaders or privileged members of society refuse to adapt to change that is inevitable they lose the battle together with those close to them and pay a heavy price. Here are a few examples.
1. When the nobility and high clergy in France insisted they wouldn’t pay taxes or accommodate the demands of commoners, the result was a revolution of 1789 and a ten-year civil war. The king and the queen among many French men, women and children lost their lives.
2. When Nicholas II changed his mind about the social and democratic reforms he had accepted after the 1905 Revolution, he set the agenda for the 1917 Russian Revolution. He and his entire family perished as well as the 300-year Romanov dynasty.
3. When President Porfirio Diaz of Mexico refused to step down after he had announced he would after 35 years in power he provoked a Revolution and a ten-year civil war. Diaz fled and died in exile a poor man.
4. When Portuguese government refused to accept that independence was inevitable in Africa, there was a military coup in Portugal followed by independence in Portuguese territories. All the Portuguese fled. Mozambique became a member of the British Commonwealth.
5. France that rejected a negotiated political change in Algeria was humiliated and forced out.
5. Mobutu was advised to step down gracefully. He refused. Mr. President you know very well what happened to him.
On the other hand, visionary white leaders in Kenya, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and South Africa adapted to the wind of change and accepted majority rule and are still living in these countries unlike the Portuguese.
Mr. President you have been in power since 1986 and your performance has not passed the test. Many Ugandans are hurting as a result. They are unemployed, hungry, sick, poor and insecure. They want change in leadership. They have indicated you should go. The people of Uganda have suffered more than enough since independence in 1962. Spare them another round of murder, displacement, exile. Spare your family members, friends and relatives the indignities that might follow if you are forced out. Step down peacefully.
For God and Our Country.
October 10, 2017