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.
Opposition should protect its Own!
A rare phenomenon exists in the groups opposed to the dictatorial regime in our country today, that makes them seem unfit for the great cause of liberation. Basic revolutionary code demands that a force must protect itself – its fighters, and those who support its cause, from the attacks of their common enemy.
But not Ugandan opposition groups. They view this – protecting the revolution, as the concern of each independent opposition group or person. This is also how they approach the task of liberating the country – going it solo!
They meet, “agree”, even “sign”… and yet before the sun goes down they lie, cheat and betray themselves. Every day they say “all we want is to – overthrow this dictatorship, create authentic democracy and protect you.
Unless we believe that logic works the same way the chameleon works, personally I don’t think protection, or democracy could come from one who does not stand on a principle for a full day!
It is because of believing such fallacies (misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning), that those who fought the 1980-86 struggle, ended up creating bufere democracy and a mafia state
We all know that the opposition parties/group/camps do not agree (consent), on pretty much anything, it doesn’t matter if they claim to agree, because the actions give it away, but the protection of revolutionary fighters like Nyanzi, and the supporters of the revolution – this is so pertinent that a mutual defense pact needs to be in place, for a common response against the strikes of the mafia regime, against them.
Protecting your own is a cardinal principle in revolutionary politics. Not only locally, but also regionally. The popular rebellion in Sudan North should by now have benefited from loud voices of support from Ugandan opposition.
How to do it – protecting fighters is protecting the revolution
The strategy of political opposition in Uganda should be broad in its coverage of political matters, and all inclusive in terms of its appeal.
Exposing the evils of the junta regime locally, regionally & internally
The opposition groups should seize every incident of the mafia and junta regime, each time they unleash terror against the citizens, killing of innocents, jailing innocents, and using the judiciary system as tools of political oppression. The opposition should seize each and every incident of these to decisively record, report and expose it across all corners of the country, the region and the international forums. This is a core function of peaceful opposition, and it should not be done without coordination of the groups, but all opposition players should have a common approach to exposing the regime. The junta regime loosing credibility locally, regionally & globally for its jailing opponents, activists, shutting businesses of those perceived to be not supporting the military junta in private sector, stiffing free speech by shutting newspapers and radios, and creating sub-human conditions for citizens in hospitals, schools, jails – these serve as material to build the right momentum for popular liberation of the country.
Pinning down the Individuals who carry out injustice
The individuals within the junta regime who are the executioners and purveyors of injustice who carry out the matching orders from the political junta, against citizens, should be meticulously recorded in the black books of Uganda’s history. Their names should be mentioned out out of the noise and cries they met on innocents, to be on the record as tools of political persecution, so that they may not escape justice when the junta can no-longer protect them. The opposition needs to be meticulous, thorough and scientific when pinning injustice to the real individuals who carry them out, and all their assistants – you cannot bring justice to a land without pinning the ones who committed the injustice. So all those members in the army, police, intelligence, judiciary and other areas of the junta state who are doing the work of political mercenaries should be well documented and exposed to the public, for the day of reckoning
Again this something that all political opposition would find common ground on, since they’re affected by it, so a common approach and efforts to doing it is the right answer to protecting themselves against the excesses of the junta regime
It is not logical to say say: we’re going to win the coming election, if you cannot win personal freedom first. Obviously you’re not allowed to mobilise for the said election. If as opposition politician, your personal freedom is debatable, then by all means your mission is not winning elections, it is winning freedom!
Do not claim on the podium, to be the poster child of certain values, while in fact, there is no evidence of you having put such values in action
When will Uganda’s “bourgeoisie” join the peaceful revolution?
Uganda’s “Working Class” – is some of the most submissive people on the planet. A history of brutal presidents has taught the populations to always run into hiding, and keep quiet about the egregious acts and conduct of the leaders.
This does not spare the “learned” “intellectuals” “working class” “business community”, “the bourgeoisie” class of the country.
The presidential age is about to be expunged from the constitution- one would imagine that this is the last straw, the intellectuals are finally going to take a stand against the regime and act.
Whereas some politicians have come out and and said this is a “do or die” moment, and have already fought in parliament to stop it – this is too little too late.
This resistance against the regime slipping the country into anarchy, has the potential to get the full backing of the masses, and mass action, but the bourgeoisie are dead silent. No voicing, no sponsorship, no demonstration, no pulling services, no withdraw of workforce – it is business as usual.
Uganda would have the same political type as North Korea other kleptocracies (rule by thieves), where the state is the one which decides the political rights of the people – as opposed to democracy where the people are in control of political destiny of the country.
What is surprising is that there are ‘political elites’ on each side of this discussion, although the regime elites are relying more on the regime military groups to marshal the opponents while the bill read or ‘debated’.
There are very many observations that have been made, as the cause of Uganda’s degeneration from the democratic promise ushered in the 1986 revolution. And that is that the political class and working class have remained complacent as freedoms of assembly, free speech, mobilization, representation, justice, were being taken away by the state, and vested in the hands of the regime leaders. All institutions
- Civil Service
It is hard to find them working for the people. This is because the educated, have become complacent in this crime. The biggest contribution they can do is a Facebook post.
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