By Maverick Blutaski
There are many intelligent people possibly including yourself who are not running for public office because politics has been turned into an ugly village food fight in which one must kill or disable the adversary in order for the victor to survive. This is typical animal behavior we have evolved our society into.
Some of the educated people who would moderate our political discourse are struggling with residual native culture. Others have concluded that Uganda cannot be fixed in their time so they have resigned to their relative comfort and handed over the baton to those who they perceive to have nothing to lose.
I don’t have to support or to agree on anything or everything with Bobi Wine, Mao, Katumba, Mutumba, Amuriat or Tumukunde in order for me to accord them my respect for their bold choices to run for President. These are serious sacrifices from each one of these men and women to stand up and dare to aspire for such a serious responsibility. It is actually virtuous to have AMBITION and I think every person with ambition must be supported by any well meaning human being.
So for me it is quite mind boggling that in 2020, educated people including some I shared school classrooms or debate podiums with back in the days still have the appetite to ridicule, demonize and criminalize their fellow citizens who are bold enough to stand up for a legitimate and ambitious cause of assuming leadership roles of a very poor country inspired to lead it to greatness in the process motivating many of their followers who aspire for better.
I don’t think this is civilized politics to curtail competition or knee cap those with ambition. It is the reason we are a poor country. We think those who aspire for greatness must be killed, their skulls broken or their businesses hamstrung to cripple their abilities and livelihood so they go back to where the rest of the country is being held hostage.
The civilized thing would be to allow free and fair competition in our politics so the people decide who must govern them. After 35 years one of the candidates does not even need a poster since the individual and his enablers (1) seem to have some name recognition albeit for the wrong reasons (2) assume to have achievements to speak for them.
Let the others who aspire to lead also freely go talk their agenda to the masses for the people to freely come to their own conclusion on who must govern them.
By the way, I have tested the sweetness of fair competition and I know how possible it is to achieve greatness because you played by the rules and won so big that even the losers look at you in awe and respect.
Ladies in gentlemen, it is still possible to live a life of honor and respect because you did not have to kill or cripple others for you to survive. The alternative is the “LAW OF THE JUNGLE”. How does one choose to live ones entire life like an ANIMAL that must kill all its competitors for prey to survive?
Mzee Kabulasoke is a non-apologetic village ideologue.