It’s between 30 to 35 years today that many Ugandans made a decision that haunts them , with the saying had I known playing repeatedly in their minds after giving are dictator the chance to rule their economy and social life harshly for his political gains . Those that lived before his reign say they witnessed a promising regime of Idi Amin that had started developing with better infrastructure. its believed that many of the infrastructure in the country today like hospitals, roads and public buildings were built in the former regime .As for those that were born in the current regime ,only witness the cruelty of a dictator and facing the problems of un employment.
In 1986 when Ugandans were embracing the new regime thought they were advancing and welcoming a leader of great hope, little did they know his ambitions were shallow side. Being supported by farmers who were the middle class and contributing almost half of the economy of the country. They believed their production will gain more if they supported a leader of great cause as he had promised but all in vain. The most issue that rose those days was internal security as soldiers of the last regime were taking the law in their hands,30 years after the new regime, the country still facieses internal insecurity leaving the problem unsolved. at present even at day light it’s not secure to move in town with your valuables because of high rate of unemployment that makes it worse. It’s of surprise as the army claims to bring peace to the eastern region of Africa but cannot hold internal security. The nation is facing internal insecurity from groups like “kifesi” mention a few. the government has not yet found a solution for the rising groups. this shows how much they have failed to control the country. the country’s police force has a big role of buying tear gas to run over peace demonstrations turning to violent riots. The police force is no longer working for the people but for individuals turning the country into a mafia zone. As the saying goes on ” the country is owned by a handful of individuals.”
The education system has become irrelevant in the present world. many graduates complete degrees diplomas and certificates and end up unemployed. The fact is that Uganda doesn’t change with development. They still teach programmed work, matter of fact in developed countries schooling takes a short period of time, they only study relevant information. If in the syllabus you still teach kintu and nambi, the zulu kingdom, tell me how students will know about the new innovations of technology. Many schools don’t use computers, laboratories lack modern equipment. I would say “bye bye to innovation and creativity.” Our education system is filled with art subjects and more are still being introduced such as patriotism. looks like we are meant to be job seekers on addition to the worst efforts of the government creating jobs. No wonder we are getting entertainers to present us in the parliament instead of scholars. Ministers and members of the parliament who can’t search for market or opportunities for their people. The best game players are those that know how to represent themselves and be part of the collectors when the president issues (money) for his interests to be passed in the parliament. This is the kind of leadership we are living under.
Furthermore, the top leaders practice bribery and corruption openly giving the rest no option but to join the band wagon. Its believed that a lot of aid and grants offered by foreign countries its being split within a few individuals and are left unpunished. Instead of having role models the country has suspects of public funds. The focus is on the education system which the government failed to advance, if it’s being handled properly there can be a better society of innovators and creators. Also placing candidates that are fit to govern the ministries. None is retiring because they are all professional job seekers and the retirement age rule doesn’t function that’s why we are having the same problems.
In the late 90s the economy started collapsing and prices of commodities started increasing, remember sugar was ugx 300. The standards and cost of living was low but prices have been rising and are still rising. today the cost of sugar has risen to ugx 7000 and still rising. A few years back we saw a case when sugar was being controlled by one person who was playing his game to un more money on the expense of nationals. this shows that the government has no standard policies that protect the country’s economy. Matter of fact they care less about the countries economy and natural resources. Natural resources are the heart of the countries economy and if they are misused or underused means low development. Witnesses remember the cases of mabira forest, namanve and lake Victoria saga. Uganda is a under a destruction and this leadership is taking her nowhere but only darkness
Questions are still rising as to why the government released the most important aspects of the economy to privatization such as the airport, electricity board etc. In other countries they are the biggest factors for development. In the country today the public is facing the effects of privatization as it comes with high prices and strong policies. however, after the relief of releasing government resources they have also failed to control the remaining resource, soon we shall here government hospitals are privatized.
In conclusion, can the government stop or control what the country is facing today such as brain drain, high cost of living and internal insecurity. Can we say that the current leadership is satisfied with its accomplishment, are these the fruits of their struggle for power. What kind of hope has it displayed for a better country that not only foreigners enjoy it but also the nationals.`