Recent political developments suggest Uganda may be headed down a slippery path of political uncertainty. The in-fighting in the ruling NRM is reaching fever pitch.
The elections calendar is drawing closer and the NRM, in a bid to create “internal cohesion”, has decided to call its delegates conference to December. The Opposition FDC is also planning its delegates conference. The race for 2016 is clearly underway.
The campaign for free and fair elections is raising significant concerns from the populace both impacting plans for amendments to the 1995 Constitution and electoral laws. Despite the ticking of the clock, Parliament is still dragging its feet. What does this mean for the country and what do citizens need to do to remedy an unguided plunge into an electoral year?
One suggestion that has been largely ignored is transitional governments that can see President Museveni retire and set the country on a new footing. President Museveni has indicated he desires to hand over power.
His fear, however, has been in whose hands he places the reigns. With former prime minister Amama Mbabazi now firmly on the sidelines, the search for a new pair of safe hands must be playing in his minds. He has indicated that his desire would be for the young generation.
An opinion poll by Daily Monitor in May pointed to Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga as the lead figure if President Museveni is not on the ballot paper come 2016. But Kadaga’s earlier enthusiasm seem to have waned. In my opinion, we should not focus on President Museveni as the saviour for this country.
If the government fails to deliver on the electoral reforms on time, then shouldn’t the consideration of an interim arrangement be more desirable? Looking at the trends, we need to have an interim government that has no political sides.
There are many Ugandans willing to sacrifice so that the country is not driven to the precipice. They do not desire power but share the same fears of a reversal to uncertainty and hopes that this country can, after 52 years of independence, begin to focus permanently on improving the livelihood of her people. Lead the world not in war, death and disease but innovation, finance and wellbeing.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor