Part 2: The political order created by the NRM revolution
For 29 years now, the NRM military revolution and its subsequent quasi-military government has dominated the political space of Uganda. In that period, the country has gone through three different types of government, each running its own duration; first the NRA military takeover; this was followed by a ‘transition government’ of 10 years, which was followed by a ‘one party state’ called Movement. Then the current ‘form of multi-party’ system.
That how academic elites would summarize the political system by which NRM has ruled. The forms of political system and government is important because it depicts the intentions of those using it. It is supposed to reflect the maturity of a country politically.
All other regimes before NRM, what made bad was that the leaders made moves which showed that they were about two things – accumulation of wealth at the expense of tax payers, retention of the political seat and power. They committed heinous crimes on opponents, innocent citizens, the entire population, and disabled the constitutional justice system, to these ends.
You can argue the NRM were trying and abandoning its political methods, one factor was not changing – the one at the head of the systems, the beneficiary of the systems, otherwise known as a president. Looking back, all that period looked like the NRM was searching for a something. What was it? Who were the beneficiaries of those different political schemes?
Inspite of the passage of time, Uganda’s political systems and institutions have remained experimental, not built for other generations to take on. The Political order has been going in circles from Obote 1 to present – the individual creates the political system for which he wants to rule by.
Without changing its form, the political methods are always eclipsed by smaller groups, using whatever manipulations of law possible, to sustain political and economic hold on the country, and therefore the people
The political formats we have seem with NRM, a question is immediately formed; did the architect of the NRM military revolution have a political system for the country, that was not about self-preservation in power? What drives the need by NRM to change the political/governance format every other few years, like channels on a TV, none of which are acceptable forms of governance?
In what century will Uganda build its political system core?
What did the hyped Fundamental Change materialize to in terms of the Political system of Uganda?
The NRM has changed nothing in the political methodology of Uganda. They continue to tell the country that they can lead to economic transformation. Without first transforming political methods, it is merely a massive spread of falsehoods.
The Lesson for Our generation & Next governments to form
The formation of experimental political systems for the exploitation of population through government, such as the ones we have witnessed under NRM, is the greatest danger of our time. New political players have to resist the cheap means of political existence and adopt, uphold transformational political systems for Uganda – one which can be passed on the future generations
If the emerging generation of Ugandan leaders were to use the NRM political manuscript for survival, we would have yet another era of unskilled and unschooled young people, thieves and murders thriving within all echelons of government
They have caused terrible political injustice to Ugandans as we have seen, they are bad for Africa. There is no economic order in such haphazardly. A country without a systematic political order cannot count on the free enterprise of its people because innovation in gun-wielding quasi-military governments is trapped; the free enterprise is stunted by theft in these corrupt convenience government systems, characterized by breakdown of public infrastructure.
Our freedom is established, nurtured and protected in elaborate, consistent, free governance systems. We cannot abide by laws made by corrupt people. The laws that have been made or changed by the NRM, just like the earlier political systems, are convenience laws – no sane society could go by them, only mad. Can you imagine 4 people requiring permission from the state to gather and discuss anything?
The causalities, of course are the mass of peasants who do not realize the great injustices committed against them and their children, until the alarming stage, too late when the state is at their door, killing them or displacing them by the thousand.
We, the young generation have a duty to protect the peasants from the lawless state that Uganda has become. Freedom is never passed on to a generation in a bloodstream. It is fought for. Every generation must protect its freedom. Uganda’s political problems have never originated from the outside. Uganda’s problems arise from the governments of the day.
We must establish a political order that we can respect; one that can contain the aspirations of all Ugandans. The NRM revolution has reverted to the old order they replaced. The fever of revolution has risen again. The present stagnation in our political process will not pass without our involvement. We answer that call to have a new order, of unpretentious democracy, and free enterprise. Nobody is going to pay for our ultimate freedom, just ourselves.
E-n-d of part II