Tumuhimbise Norman is one of the few disgusted enough to take action, having stealthily smuggled pigs into Parliament to taunt one of the most repressive regimes on the African continent, his action in life speak more powerfully than any words he could put on a page. Yet this book nevertheless speaks encouragement and hope into the lives of Ugandans near and far. His approach to change, a change created from and for millions upon millions of Ugandans at the bottom, is the nation’s hope for a better future and indeed a better present.
Norman discusses the iconic political post of the NRM ruling party, a political group headed by General Museveni, the self proclaimed mustard seed who has promised to carry forward in peace, security, and economic betterment. Norman’s suggestion is that Museveni’s three decades in power only brought catastrophe, death, and poverty. If indeed it was a mustard seed that was sown, we must recognise that Uganda’s soil is not suitable for such a crop, and like any infectious species, it must be upgraded.
Carried within these pages of The Fifth Columnist is the story of Ochieng’s life – education, work, social life, beliefs – as told through interviews with the career journalist, his family, friends, neighbours, and workmates, and from his writings and travels.
Sowing The Mustard Seed is a story of unflinching bravery. It is a story of unwavering search for a true, revolutionary and development-oriented leadership. The author takes the reader on a tell-all journey of the sacrifice that he and other young Ugandans decided to take in order to liberate their country from the jaws of helplessness to which the first post-independence governments had conspired to consign it.
In this spell-binding tale, told in the first-person voice, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni traces the journey of his life from his first few months on earth, through his education, after which he and other patriots embarked on a journey of seeking empowerment to overthrow the despotic regime of Idi Amin Dada. It also delves into other wars, such as the long-drawn-out bid to neutralise Joseph Kony’s ragtag Lord’s Resistance Army and professionalising the Ugandan army, after many years of secterianism. Besides illuminating the struggles of the past, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni shares his vision for Uganda and the pillars he has over the years put in place as President to ensure Uganda’s future is secure both economically and socailly.
Written in easily accessible but highly Africanised language, it is a tale of unstinting focus and commitment that will both inform and inspire the reader.