I saw red when Janet Keinembabazi Kataha Museveni, the wife of Ugandan despot, was appointed a minister in charge of the historically impoverished and semi-arid north-eastern Karamoja region her husband ruined.

I sensed something nasty with more magnitude of megalomania than even that of Zimbabwean killer, Robert Mugabe. Even an imbecile like Idi Amin did not attempt this mania.

Astonishingly, the husband is president. Sadly, the wife is first lady, minister and an MP! To add insults to injuries, the son’s an army command of his elite group! Museveni’s younger brother, Caleb Akandwanaho, is senior presidential advisor on defence, not to mention his daughter Natasha Karugire, private secretary to president. This, among others, is an inner-inner sanctum of Museveni.

Hold your breath. There are still other surprises of other swindlers from Nyankole tribe (especially from Ntungamo), fully parked almost everywhere money can be printed and be stolen in Uganda.

When asked why he appointed his wife to ministerial position and if this was not nepotism, Museveni gave hoo-ha and hogwash… that there was no person that would like to take up this post! This is Museveni position. M7 tell it to the birds. They’re so many Ugandans ready to serve under any capacity if you let them.

To the contrary, Mrs Museveni says: she’s sent by ‘God’ to fulfill this “difficult role that others fear to serve- Karamoja”! This is the second time for God’ to send Mrs. Museveni. The first time it’s when she was running for Ruhaama consitituency for which she is an MP. She alleged that she was sent by God to serve the people of Ruhaama.

In other words ‘God’ is Museveni (husband). And this means Uganda now is the kingdom of god on earth. 

Watch out. The other day she’ll say:  she’s sent to serve the whole country after her husband (who was sent by the devil known as weapon and greed) ruins it. This is possible. Maybe, this aims at preempting the whole plot. Currently Yoweri and Janet are like yin-yang to Uganda . They are everything and above everything.

Now Museveni in Uganda is everywhere. He is in the sitting room as well as in the bedroom almost in every house! 

After turning Uganda into his private estate, Museveni by appointing his wife, he’s broke the record. And methinks, this is paving the way to appointing his soldier son, Major Muhoozi (son of Museveni’s ayah-cum girlfriend, the late Hope from Bunyoro), so that when he’s gone, the son should take over as it happened in DRC, Togo and it will soon happen in Egypt.

In fact, Musevi did appoint his wife in order to measure the waters. He wanted to assess the reaction of Ugandans and the world on this. This though it seems, there are those that doubt it. For, it’s likely Muhoozi and his step-mother might be in power struggle. So, maybe, just maybe, Museveni appointed his wife to assure her of his support or to tell his son: his time is still yet to come.

The story of family empires by our corrupt filchers in power does not end up with Museveni. Recently in Kenya , Lucy Mwai Emilio Kibaki, belligerent, semi-illiterate and quarrelsome first lady was implicated in a maize scandal. It was unveiled that Mrs. Kibaki is one of the directors of Gingalili (1968) Ltd. And to prove this, Kibaki’s empire is in tussle with Paul Muite, former MP that unveiled their conspiracy against the media for blowing their covers.

The game goes on. In Tanzania, Salma Jakaya Khalfan Kikwete, first lady and member of ruling party central committee of CCM and the chair person for WAMA is stealing thunders. Since her husband ascended to power, she has been using her NGO to mint and print money just like her predecessor Anna Mkapa who’s currently under fire thanks to amassing ill-gotten riches.

Like Museveni, Kikwete’s greed for power is an open secret. His son Ridhiwan Kikwete is openly gloomed to rule in the future. He is among the top dogs in Youth wing of ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (UVCCM). He’s also a member of ruling party central committee. Ridhiwani like Muhoozi, Gideon Moi and other sons of dictators, has already proven to be a power to reckon with. Recently his law partner Lawrence Masha was appointed minister for home affairs without any gist of experience. And their firm is alleged to have benefited at the tune of Tshillings eight billions from the bone-chilling theft at the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) known as EPA. Other kids of biggies in Tanzania currently serving in upper posts are Emanuel Nchimbi (Deputy Minister son of party cadre), Dr. Hussein Mwinyi (Full Minister, son of former president), Amani Karume (President of Zanzibar, son of former president) to mention but a few.

In president-first-lady-and-kids axis of evil, Anna Benjamin Mkapa is among greedy and corrupt first ladies that can score high in this dirty game. She is said to have amassed wealth all ill-gotten by the way of abusing her husband’s power. Now after vacating from the state house, Tanzanians are agitating she should be brought to books. People are not speculating. They have already mentioned many government houses this woman purchased at throw away prices, not to mention unpaid loans involving millions she got from public banks.

To do away with it, some of banks like National Bank of Commerce were sold to investors. The national power utility Tanesco is bleeding to death after the brothers of Mrs. Mkapa ushered in a bogus company from South Africa-Net Group Solution that ruined it.

Different from other first ladies, Mrs. Mkapa did not vie for any public office. Instead she used the state house and NGOs to solicit money. Recently one senior former minister, Prof. Simon Mbilinyi and other CCM supremos came forth and required that Mrs. Mkapa be held responsible in lieu of her husband reminiscent to sabotaging the nation. Thanks to being as corrupt as Mkapa for the current president Jakaya Kikwete. Otherwise the Mkapas would be behind the bars.

Azeb Mesfin Meles Zenawi (nicknamed “Queen of Mega”, thanks to heading mega corporations in Ethiopia wraps up our list today. Others call her the “Queen of Mega Corruption”), a first lady, business woman and an MP representing her home district of Wolkait. Like Salma Kikwete, most of her fortune is made by using the office of her husband as it was in the case of Anna Mkapa who is currently in hot soup thanks to her dirty linens to be put on the agora.

Conclusion: though African potentates seem to be smarter and are feared by their people, behind the curtains they are mere babies before their spouses! Guess what. After former Zambian first lady, Vera spilled the beans, many African “thieves-in-chief” decided to conspire with their wives in order to avoid this Vera danger. Others are “in hand” just because they are unfaithful in their marriages. So to calm down their wives, they just allow them to do whatever they want to avoid squabbles at home.

Beware of your rulers. Most of them have turned you into a “rubber-stamp person” that they use to remain in power thanks to bogus elections.

Nkawzi Mhango is a Tanzanian living in Canada. He writes regularly for “The African Executive” and also has a blog entitled “Free Thinking Unabii”. He is a guest contributor to AfroSpear.

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