The NRM regime is obsessed with “giving youth” money, instead of a high quality education and high quality jobs. Why they choose to do this, instead of real development of the young human resource base of Uganda, who would then be able to developing the country, is actually simple answer; they are not interested in a quality education and quality jobs, because that class of people would easily reject the regime for incompetence and dictatorship. A well developed human resource would seize their rights. Yet the political survival of the regime, from the beginning is build on lack of competition, inhibiting of political players with better, well developed ideas. Therefore they would rather have the entire generation on a hand-to-mouth existence, than risk political competition.
The kind of education they wish to have is one where children are half-baked in school, can only read but barely digest, and certainly not smart enough to analyse their policies. They want a class of young people whom they can make followers and accomplices in their degeneration.
The fact is, the fight against poverty is a scientific and a psychological battle. It requires people who have the capacity to distill and use information. It needs a highly competitive political environment that can form ideas, which can trigger economic activity across all sectors, and lead to national growth.
But the current regime wants youth who will be told “we’re fighting poverty”, and that’s the end of story. Poverty continues to persist, large investments close up, after realizing that the people are actually too poor to buy.
The youth should see through these schemes and see their true purpose – to buy off their silence and stay in the rot; it enables regime thieves to steal public taxes disguised as young people’s funds, while making the youth accomplices and take the blame.
What the youth need are real opportunities, real jobs, high quality education, real development. These can only become available with a better political regime that is dynamic and competitive.