Shall we burn with this country?

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.


About Steven

It wasn't me; arrest the voices. It was the voices in my head. Sike! I am Ugandan first. I care for development in my country. I am a curious observer second and I care to know what you think.
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3 Responses to Shall we burn with this country?

  1. Would that these kids who are talking and pontificating on Facebook were not merely armchair idealists, but rather people who had actually tried to do some governance before. Part of the problem with democracy is that these pampered, soft-fingered scions of the Museveni middle class are allowed to vote, just because they lived to age 18. None of them has ever volunteered to fill up a pothole, but they are likely whingeing as they have been told to by the newspapers and their Western overlords: “Why are our roads in bad shape? What is the government doing?” They are also likely whining about how dirty the city is, even as they drop trash.
    Actually, I am certain that they think they know where the country should head—who should be president—before they have paid enough taxi rides out of their own salaries to know where money comes from.

    And the problem starts from above, because Besigye is just another (older, but less-mature) instance of this self-same puerile lazy indigence that is wrapped in a blanket of democratic idealism learnt from watching hours of Western sex addicts on TV and wishing to live like them (but without a monarch as the head of state).

    Excuse the rant. I just want to stab myself already!

  2. Steven says:

    He he, Comrade, insightful, I must say. And its true much of what’s said is a regurgitation of what’s been passed down by people with purely clinical Machiavellian evilness and yet we don’t see the walls into which we are about to walk. But shall we just sit back and wait for Ian Clarke to come up and fill potholes, or Besigye’s sister to point out that the system is cheating us before we can be moved to seek a better situation?

    I thought, for a moment, that blogging was useless because all I was doing was writing and not really doing anything. So I gave it up. But I found myself atrophying with idleness. I saw the atrophy all around me with my peers more interested in hitting Rouge after work so they can hang with the crowd. So I decided to come back and write.

    There are people cursed to be signposts. Others are trail-blazers and they’ll go out with 27 associates and change the world. he Einsteins of this world are relegated forever to be theorists, only presenting papers on how experimentalists can prove their theories.

    Oh, I can rant; my blog.

  3. We have not walked into any walls for the last 25 years. (Those who think we have are also the kind who think that unless Uganda has as many autobahns as Germany, and as many dollars per citizen as Britain, we have indeed walked into walls. To such fools pay no attention. We are not Europe, and I am proud of that.)
    Yet all of a sudden, after 25 years of being one of the World’s fastest growing economies, now the sky is falling, and unless the ugly guy gets in power, we are all doomed. Please. Ugandans should give me a break.

    Ian Clarke will not be the first to fill potholes. I have done it, too. Many LCs before him have done it. Besigye’s sister is saying what she is saying, because she believes that her brother will be something of a messiah when he comes. That Museveni has had failures, but Besigye won’t.
    Meanwhile, as in a marriage, if you list the failures, you will wonder why you remain married. Hating is easy when one reads a book that dwells exclusively on failures; in the meantime, when the idealism goes to bed, the truth remains: Uganda has never done better in all history. (Except in the idealists’ heads, of course. Aren’t they so cool, to have such high “European” standards? Aren’t they so educated, and widely-read, and well-travelled, and so concerned for the suffering masses?)

    You know, the Einsteins are good to have. It is when everybody is such a one that it begins to suck. It would be like Einstein criticising the experimental physicists for not dragging out 600 decimal places of the result, and stopping only at 15 in their experiments (just because his theory predicts 600 decimal places). 25 million Einstiens doing that! At some point, they get irritating; when they are too many and too loud.

This is my view. What do you think?

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