Two days ago, I was having an interesting argument with a group of friends about what the dress code of the top three Ugandan presidential candidates says about them. As the oft spoken adage says, clothes make the man; in the first week of the campaigns, indeed the clothes have made these men.
In Nakivubo Stadium, Dr Kizza Besigye launched his defiance campaign. I can give a calculated guess that this was the last time we saw him in a suit, well until the press conference after the elections.
In line with his defiance message, Besigye’s choice of outfit has been interesting. The blue hooded jumper and has subseuhas become popular. So these colleagues of mine were saying Besigye indeed appeals to the man-on-the-street because of his choice of attire.
“I am studying to be a doctor,” said one of them. “How can I dress smartly for my lectures and then support a man who dresses so shabbily? He is a hooligan who only attracts hooligans.”
Well! Each to his own as the saying goes.
Amama Mbabazi’s pristine white shirt with an orange strip and collar, and designer trouser also offered food for thought, especially when he stopped in Nyendo Township, sat on the stool and was given maize to munch on a bottle of mineral water.
Talk about taking gentility to the streets.
Honestly, Mbabazi runs a campaign like he is targeting the White House, not our ordinary State House in Entebbe, or if you like, Nakasero. If he has packaged himself to appeal to the elite in Kampala, then someone must inform him that those upcountry dudes do not understand the meaning of ‘dress code’.
Even the President knows that. With his neat yellow shirt, he has the public in mind when he dons that hat, or is it a sombrero? Any man in the village, who is above a certain age, can identify with that hat.
Then in comes the intriguing duo of Maureen Kyalya and Joseph Mabiriizi. I hope I am not being politically incorrect by asking who is running for presidency and who the running mate is.
While a purportedly self-kidnap plot might have worked for Mubarak Munyagwa, I have a feeling it has backfired on Mabiriizi. Why was he staying in such a God-forsaken lodge? Really, for a man who considers himself presidential material, this is a sign of poor judgment.
But wait a minute….why did he jump onto Kyalya when the police was dragging him away? Did he think he would avoid arrest just because he was clinging onto a woman!
I am still waiting to hear the echoes from the other side of town – you know; the side where all those women organisations planted their roots.