𝐵𝑦 𝑃𝑎𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑘 𝑂𝑑𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑜 𝐿𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑜
An adage attributed to the late British Playwright, George Bernard Shaw, says, “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it”. This pithy saying describes the totality of opposition reaction to last week’s largely successful NRM primary elections. Citing the few and isolated incidents, the talking heads on social and traditional media are scoffing and denigrating what they call the “democratic deficiencies” in the NRM. The opposition, it is very clear, is rattled by the massive turn-up of the voters during the NRM primaries.
It is obvious that this massive turn-up is the precursor of things to come and the collective opposition, dazed like a deer caught in a car light, cannot decide what is worse: the handpicked methodology they practice or letting the plebiscite decide the NRM way. The NRM returned power back to the people at the village level. Those who are aspiring for leadership positions must do so to serve rather than to acquire power.
As the voters have amply demonstrated, they put to shame many “powerful ministers” who, instead of speaking of a record of service to the people, pandered a hollow rhetoric such as “ I am power, I have put a roadblock”. Voters made such politicians eat humble pie. The first sentence in our constitution says, “We The People of Uganda”. Power rests with the people. Not even the gun can remove the power of the people as Former Attorney General, and now jailbird, Mwesigwa Rukutana, is learning.
This is the fundamental change that is the story of the National Resistance Movement. The party is committed to practice and adhere to its democratic ideals however imperfectly this is translated on the ground. It is people who are working that have their hands dirty. No country has achieved a perfect democratic paradise, a Utopian dream.
Each country in its own style is engaged in a continuing struggle for achieving a more perfect union, as the US Constitution says in its preamble. This means that the work is not yet done. The National Resistance Movement is committed to the hard work of laboring to bring this perfection. As the NRM struggles with its brow covered in sweat and its hands calloused with labor, the opposition has chosen the easy task of sitting high and offering criticisms.
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑊𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑛 𝑁𝑅𝑀 𝑐𝑎𝑑𝑟𝑒, 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑀𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑘𝑢𝑙𝑢 𝑖𝑛 𝑂𝑦𝑎𝑚 𝐷𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑡