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𝑷𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 π’˜π’‰π’ π’”π’‚π’š π’Šπ’• 𝒄𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒃𝒆 𝒅𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒏𝒐𝒕 π’Šπ’π’•π’†π’“π’“π’–π’‘π’• 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 π’˜π’‰π’ 𝒂𝒓𝒆 π’…π’π’Šπ’π’ˆ π’Šπ’•

𝐡𝑦 π‘ƒπ‘Žπ‘‘π‘Ÿπ‘–π‘π‘˜ π‘‚π‘‘π‘œπ‘›π‘”π‘œ πΏπ‘Žπ‘›π‘”π‘œ

An adage attributed to the late British Playwright, George Bernard Shaw, says, β€œPeople 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 β€œdemocratic 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 β€œpowerful ministers” who, instead of speaking of a record of service to the people, pandered a hollow rhetoric such as β€œ I am power, I have put a roadblock”. Voters made such politicians eat humble pie. The first sentence in our constitution says, β€œWe 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.

π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ π‘Šπ‘Ÿπ‘–π‘‘π‘’π‘Ÿ 𝑖𝑠 π‘Žπ‘› 𝑁𝑅𝑀 π‘π‘Žπ‘‘π‘Ÿπ‘’, π‘“π‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘š π‘€π‘–π‘›π‘Žπ‘˜π‘’π‘™π‘’ 𝑖𝑛 π‘‚π‘¦π‘Žπ‘š π·π‘–π‘ π‘‘π‘Ÿπ‘–π‘π‘‘

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