Kampala. Dr Sarah Ssali, a Makerere University don, has warned that commercialisation of national politics will edge out good leaders who don’t have money from politics.
“The problems you see in NRM are mirrored in other political parties. If politics is commercialised, it will edge out good politicians without money and that is our biggest danger,” Dr Ssali, who is a political scientist, explained.
She was speaking at a dialogue organised by University Forum on Governance supported by International Republican Institute and United States Agency for International Development in Kampala recently.
Dr Ssali, however, aised the electorate to take the money offered by the politicians but deny them votes if they are convinced they will not serve their interests.
Her counterpart, Prof Yasin Olum, noted that the democratic participation crisis among the youth across the country and within political parties arises from failure to mainstream youth issues. “The youth leagues and the mother parties end up speaking parallel to each other. They are dissatisfied with politicians because they tend to use them to achieve their own political and material interest,” Prof Olum said.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor