BY GEORGE OKELLO VIA UAH FORUM
A dictatorship survives on manipulation, divide and rule, opportunism, bribery and corruption. A dictatorship survives and thrives in conditions of extreme poverty and low consciousness. Just dividing Uganda into small federal units is not going to get rid of opportunist tendencies. You will only create smaller thieves to replace the bigger thieves. The NRA is Museveni’s personal conduit for power. The way it operates has nothing to do with good or bad governance. The organisation is unraveling from within, as often happens in all militarist organisations. Things are falling apart.
What Uganda needs is not just a better system of governance, and an end to dictatorship, and one man rule. What Uganda needs first of all is a new vision of the new society that we want. Is it going to be an egalitarian society that caters for the interest of the many as opposed to the few? Is it going to be a society based on the hallowed principle: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs? How can we achieve the goal of lifting our people out of poverty within the shortest possible time? What are our economic policies- how can we get control of our enormous natural resources and harness them for the betterment of our people?
Federalism or decentralization of power is certainly one of the systems we will consider to deliver our political and socio economic objectives. But it is not in itself what we are focusing on as the primary goal of the struggle. The primary goal or aim of the struggle is NATIONAL DEMOCRACY- ie the restoration of Uganda’s national patrimony and the end of fascist dictatorship. What we need to focus on are:
1. The end of the Museveni Rwandan regime of occupation.
2. Establishment of an Interim Government of National Unity to draft a new Social and Economic Charter and Constitution for the country.
3. Establishment of a National Democratic government that balances the interests and needs of all the regions and the ethnic groups of the country. It is at this stage that we shall decide the system of governance that is most suitable for us, and allows us to achieve rapid rebuilding and reconstruction of a ruined nation.
I hope this makes sense. All you are advocating for at the moment is just CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE- to make Uganda a federal Country. Beyond that, you have nothing to offer.But Uganda needs much more than Constitutional change. First of all, you have seen Museveni’s respect or rather disregard for Constitutionalism. So how are you going to convince a fascist dictator who has made himself a life president to change the Constitution so as to make Uganda a Federal State? How are you going to do this? What Uganda need is thorough-going political, social and economic change.