Seasoned politician Hon Francis Babu has advised Britain to keep its nose out of Uganda’s affairs.
“I don’t agree that the British parliament should be interfering with our politics but we have been telling the president the same thing over and over again, we said the same thing during the Age limit Debate,” he said while appearing on NBS TV last week.
Babu said he sees a lot of political divide and rule, but doesn’t know how to improve that.
“The message we get from Dr. William is that we have failed to put our house in order.”
He quotes: “I’m tired of reactionaries, we should start debating. Ugandans have a tendency of thinking Britain can help them and they do it but diplomatically. But I think Dr. Williams was out of order to say such a statement during that kind of meeting.”
Babu says all Ugandans are part of this problem because they have helped in the 32 years by not speaking out while politicians have failed to put the house in order.
A lot of people unfortunately have turned parties as means to an end, parties are vehicles that allow one to get into positions and go as one to represent people, he observed.
“But can the good people in all these parties make Uganda a good place to live in?” he wondered.
“We need to get out of the backstabbing, we have got to sit down, review and convince others that it’s the way to go. The only people who can do this are our leaders, not outsiders.”
According to Babu, national dialogue would be very good for sitting down and reviewing a lot of things.
“When I see the president running around to teach people things like agricultural methods or social entrepreneurship, I feel he’s turning this into a Non-Government Organization (NGO). This is NGO work and they’ve been doing it.”
Babu says he has no problem with his brethren getting help but the method that is being used–this is social entrepreneurship and it has rules, it has a mechanism it runs on.
He noted that the British have been doing it, they take all the money and give back small aid.
“Ministers aren’t very popular with their constituencies, that why when they go back during elections they lose, he noted.
“All the problems we have a solution. As for the national dialogue failing to take off, there is selfishness on each part and it has created a lot of problems. We have been seeing this since the time we got independence.”