It is not the youth lacking ideology, but NRM ideology is flawed, here are the arguments
The problems facing Uganda are not “gaps”. Let us just call them that – the problems facing Uganda. They are leadership problems, or problems caused by leaders. The right way to think about these problems, is first to acknowledge that they affect every body irrespective colour, shape, worship, political party. Second is to acknowledge that; therefore the work of changing to good leadership, developing the economy, modernizing the infrastructure, transforming the social economic state of the people, industrializing the nation, securing the country, creating space, is essentially the work of every Ugandan – not a particular group of people or even regime. Every human being who is lucky enough to be born, get raised, emigrate to or otherwise permanently reside within the geographical borders of Uganda, is the right person to solve Uganda’s problems. We need to be firmly aware of this and not be bamboozled by any politician or regime.
So, if there is an “ideology” out there that says the problems affecting Uganda are due to “gaps” within a particular group of people or regime, wrong! They are due to Ugandans making bad decisions on leadership. It is not the work of particular individual, group or regime, it is the work of all of us citizens. A Ugandan is the person on whom the heavy work of developing Uganda squarely resides.
It takes the sweat, blood, tears and ingenuity of every Ugandan, on a daily basis, to produce the resources needed to develop Uganda. Whether NRM exists or not in that sense, is totally irrelevant to the equation. If you were to write a mathematical formula to develop Uganda, you world not write NRM anywhere. And it certainly would not be an NRM leader to write it.
Ugandan economy today, as it was before, is still in the category called “heavily indebted poor countries”, contrary to the so called “ideology” of the regime. The regime has been surviving of AID, Loans and swindle of local taxes.
Regime politicians keep saying Uganda is almost a middle income country by now, and is on its way to become “first world country”. Only hubris can lead one to make this categorization, and only a porridge head would believe them. Middle income countries today are the likes of Russia and China! Our economy is not engaged in production, manufacturing and export to even a tiny margin of what middle income countries above are engaged in. Even lights at home or on the streets can barely stay on for 12 hours straight.
So these are not gaps in a political party, they are gaps inherently within the thinking of the leadership.
Another example which shows a serious thinking problem with the regime is that they have been trying to take credit for population growth in Uganda! Seriously citing population figures, they say population growth is due to their good policies. Unless one has porridge in the head, even if you consider South Sudan, which has been in active war for the last 45 years, its population has grown! It was 3.9 million (in 1972), 5.2 million (in 1983) and 12.4 million (in 2015). Population of Uganda was 9.9 million (in 1972), 13.7 million (in 1983) and 39.0 million (in 2015).
So under what circumstances would a population of a country not grow? Even in war population will increase, you can’t say I led to population growth because I did not kill most of the people during this and this time! I think it is lack of scientific analysis of its own efforts, and relying on “ideology” rather than science, that the promoters of NRM become megalomaniacs (pathological egotist).
Let us consider per citizen income in a typical middle income country. The monthly income of the average citizen is not less than UGX 3,858,087/ in a middle income country. That’s the average person, monthly income.
So, what is the percentage of the same Ugandan, those earning about 4 million from all their sources put together per month, including profits from business? If you get the correct percentage of Ugandans who earn between 3,500,000 – 4,000,000/ per month, and that percentage is way above 70%, then you have a middle income country or you’re near it. If not, then you have an NRM “ideology”.
So it is not correct to assert that Uganda’s problems are just “gaps” of the regime. These are mega failures on the part of the regime yes, but then also they bear on all of us citizens. We can’t leave it to NRM to solve, it is beyond a mere group of people. It is too important for the health and future of the country.
The role of the government in power is to help you and me, the citizens to develop our country with the utmost ease and speed possible. The degree to which it does that, is the degree to which the country develops. That is the science. In Africa only Ghana is middle income – mostly due to the state of its democracy.
You can’t say that NRM is the one to develop the country, using whose money? Using whose natural resources? Using whose knowledge? That is a good example of the wrong ideology. It is even incomprehensible how learned people can continue rendering ANY service to this regime. It is not an intelligent practice.
The NRM have confused, or rather cunningly infused, their fight for power, as one and the same with the struggle to make Uganda a modern country. The two are different, we the people must know this. It is our work – in the economic, social and political spheres that can and that will develop the country.