In his article in the daily monitor 22nd August 2016, Lt. Col Shaban Bantariza a deputy head of the Uganda Media Center made a convincing case for the 30 years of NRM (read as Non Rather than Museveni) leadership.
First of all this is not new coming from Bantariza in fact it is to be expected, he is a man of his own consequence (permit us not to engage in that). But what this tells us is that not much transformative contribution can arise from this old lot any more except more of their recycled propaganda. They however continue to rationalize their continued stay in power and resist contemporary approaches of how our society can evolve beyond the NRM epoch.
Bantariza argues that irrespective of the inherited social, economic, security and political history of Uganda, with regard to change, time (length of stay in power) should not be the principle factor in determining society’s journey but other factors, of which he mentions economic infrastructure, social infrastructure… (Still in his characteristic style he makes a convincing account of these well coined concepts).
He goes ahead to identify the failure of Ugandans to see commonality of nation vision…a lack of a commonality of our journey to social economic transformation as the problem and further raises the 3 overly propagandized questions among others; 1) Where are we coming from? 2) Where are we at? 3) Where are we going?
Anyone who has been through the NRM monopolized cardership training at National Leadership Institute (NALI) Kyankwanzi will confirm that these questions have adequately been answered by the NRM from their historical perspective, one that has been shown over the years to be centered on the pre-eminence of the NRM, the indomitable personality of the president and the subsequent need for continued stay in power.
With such a highly skewed (sectarian, partisan…) historical narrative, constructed purposefully to sustain the current NRM power structure, what commonality of national vision or commonality of our journey can be expected? An NRM commonality at most sustained by military might. Unfortunately Africa’s history is strewn with examples of how devastating such political constructions ended which we do not want to repeat.
While it is agreeable that commonality be based on economic and social considerations; time (length of stay in power) is a crucial matter; any leadership must be brought to account for its contribution to identified national interests within a clearly specified period of time than to be left to reign in perpetuity.
This will allow for a buildup of a balanced account of a common history and the regeneration of society through new, innovative, transformative…approaches that emerge during the course of time away from the prevailing need to consolidate power for the incumbent at all cost
What should be acknowledged is that H.E M7 led NRM has brought us to this realization after 30 years beyond this it will only be stalling our society’s evolution no matter the rationalization.
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