A “Happy New Year” for this first publication of 2022. We hope this year is a year of “staying positive in thought and keep testing negative to covid-19.” As I grow old, the days go by rapidly, and interestingly Uganda is still held hostage by the same ruler for close to 36years. Well, as Uganda’s ruler has tightly held onto power, one might wonder how he has managed to do this. We might not look much further anymore but look at the parliament and its people who we have elected term after term to represent us in the Parliament. That is “your elected Member of Parliament (MP)”.
By unmasking the Parliament and the MPs, one can truly get a clear picture of how the dictator has held on to power for this long. In a functioning democracy, the Parliament is a legislative body of government which has four main functions. These functions are: Making and changing laws, Representing the people of a country, providing a place where government is formed and keeping a check on the work of the government. For all these functions, the Ugandan parliament carries on out non in the best interest of the Ugandan people. Rather, the functions of the parliament are carried out inorder to serve the dictator, and to enable the MPs to better their life situation. Dictator Museveni is very canning, and it is presumed that he uses “The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics” by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith as his first point of reference.
For an ordinary Ugandan, everyday living is a struggle street, created exactly this way by dictator Museveni. And because of this, many people have resorted to politics to change their motherland situation for a better future for everyone maybe. The dictator who has mastered the art of keeping himself in power is watching, and he waits for these country men and women who have that country spirit but still are very poor to engage in politics. Some of these men and women endure a lot on their journey to the mighty parliament. Some have taken on hefty personal loans to support their political careers. Miraculously as there is always vote rigging, these men and women are elected by their people.
The dictator has always had his eyes on the power thrown, which is why he has made the parliament a very comfortable place for all the country men and women who have Uganda at heart. This comfortability comes in form of hefty salary to all the MPs, regardless of political affiliation. To add on a salary of 50million Ug shillings is a luxurious SUV car, allowances including travel, medical and another sort of luxury a voter in Bukomansibi can only dream of. One can imagine, if this luxury is not intended to be this way, then how can the once good men and women stay in such a rotten parliament? A parliament where their ever best tabled bill in the middle of the pandemic is how to silence social media critics, or how to discipline bad mouthers to the nearly dead speaker of parliament. Well, were these men and women indeed have a Ugandan’s interests in the first place even before being elected?
In conclusion, with all benefits that the dictator has put at easy access for the MPs, the chance of a functioning Parliament is non-existent like roads these luxuries SUVs drive on. For any suppressing laws, or any laws that have helped the dictator gripe firmly on to power, the Parliament has passed these laws. Of recent, in the middle of a pandemic, and among other things raising fuel prices, your MPs are tabling bill of social media use, where yours and my freedom of speech will “legally” be suppressed. Furthermore, with happy bank accounts that the MPs have, thanks to the hefty salaries, and exorbitant expenditure towards political parties, the liberation of Uganda from the bush war heroes 20 years later remains in limbo. For as long as our elected MPs continue to put their needs before anyone else, Uganda is continuing to sink. It is going to take you and me, the everyday Uganda, the ones who have the Ugandan spirit at heart to liberate our beloved country.