In Uganda for instance the print media faces a hurdle of people with a poor reading culture cutting across all generations. Very many people have no time to read, hence the struggle becomes difficult to push off tyranny. Along with the poor reading, literacy levels also impinge the struggle through writings.
For any writing to be effective, the choice of media is very vital. For instance, the dictatorship is established that it can easily maul all free media like it has happened when Facebook and related channels were shut down leaving the population no choice at all!
The virility of the aggressor who can easily transgress beyond the natural borders as seen in the alleged kidnap and subsequent extradition of Fred Lumbuye Kajubi from Turkey(without the attendant treaty between the two countries) gives the impression that overturning political tables in Uganda needs more than the proverbial pen being mightier than a sword! Suffice to note that what we may construe to be an oligarchy is internationally acclaimed as a democracy since international communities have never sanctioned the regime in real terms.
It is also important to note that our population is vulnerable to the extent that since food is not easy to come by their plate, they act Esau selling their birthright for paltry shillings to act for the aggressor and even vote for indecency meted on them.
In 2009 there was a spectacle when the Buganda Rex was denied a visit to one of his counties, many subjects sounded hollow war drums whose beat they could not sustain!
A wonderful example was at the Taharir square where no amount of intimidation would quell the need for democratic decency.
There is also a failure in ideologies mooted for the union of the mother state! The lack of homogenous fibres sewing the various nationalities in Uganda is one failure that is usually exploited by the aggressive transgressor. I believe Ugandans need to come to their senses and stop donating their sovereignty to a few greedy tyrants!
The Pen yes, but could be a supplement to a major political choreograph!