Next month, my country goes to the polls. God willing or if the winds blow right, we shall have a seamless transition with only a few bruised egos to write about. Because in this part of the world, an election is not merely a change in the leadership of the country, in many cases it is a matter of death.
Something that hasn’t been harped about on the mountain is that the business community is not as active as usual. It could mean the Asian traders are holding back their money or they are quietly slipping through the pores across the borders into neighbouring countries. But we can’t ascertain this for sure right now unless we are going to go and check on their known hangouts or at the departures lounge at Entebbe.
There’s something good that’s coming out of the preparations for the elections though. Uganda’s young and up-and-comers, long described as terribly indifferent when it comes to politics seem to be waking up. Facebook, where many of them want to be found, is coming alive with political discussion. It is probably safe to predict that before long, this will turn into civil disobedience.
Young people are asking the tough questions and making the old guard of opposition smile in their sunsets. Why is government going even lower than they have always been by dragging our noses in the poo where they have previously only pooed on us; how can they decide to play around with money like they have been doing of late?
Is it because suddenly, there are more forums on which to vent or is the noise becoming loud enough to get officialdom to listen?
Uganda’s land-lockedness is a big disadvantage that we are keenly aware of. We have been bitten in the past when we have let lunatics lead in this country. When we let saner lunatics take the reins, we have been tolerant, wishing the tyrants would tire of their game and go away.
But as we have seen in Kenya and other places, we cannot remain indifferent. As it was said so prophetically on the Kenyan website Kuweni Serious, if this country burns, we burn with it.