What a week the last one was! First, Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah surprised everyone with his prayer-inspired climb-down from the standoff with MPs he had suspended over alleged breach of parliamentary behavioural standards.
Mr Oulanyah, who had sworn the MPs would not return to Parliament unless they apologized, offered his apology to MPs, reportedly for the sake of peace in the House. This meant the country went into Wednesday's 51st Independence anniversary celebrations with one ugly conflict less.
There was even more excitement when it was reported that former FDC leader Dr Kizza Besigye would attend the national independence celebrations in Rukungiri, where his nemesis, President Yoweri Museveni, was going to preside as chief guest.
But if anyone expected that the two leaders could shake hands, they were disappointed because Dr Besigye walked away in apparent protest against partisan remarks by one of the masters of ceremonies.
Meanwhile in Luweero, Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Kahinda Otafiire was making a case for the government respecting the opposition more, and listening to their ideas. Otafiire, of course, has long been known for breaking ranks with unquestioning loyalists and saying things some people in his party would not like to hear.
But the timing of his latest doze of wisdom was significant. For while he has been urging the government to be more tolerant of the opposition, Dr Besigye was showing intolerance at the slightest provocation. We urge leaders like Besigye to seize every opportunity to project integrity, hope, maturity and patriotism.
Of course, given the mistreatment often meted out upon critical voices, it is understandable that Besigye and his allies should feel angry. But they should not behave like those they passionately oppose.
We respect the fact that Dr Besigye and his colleagues had a right to end their participation in the national event. In fact the action of the police to confine them after they walked away suggested we are a 51-year-old country that behaves worse than a 15-year-old one.
But we hope they and all other leaders will exercise restraint, so that the country can dare to dream of a cleaner, less polarised political environment.