SOMETHING IS AMISS WITH OUR LEADERSHIP AS A NATION: A simple Note, to my fellow Ugandans!

Isn’t leadership supposed to be a matter of one who is confident about their leadership skills and competencies showing up and offering themselves for choice so that the citizens decide from among the many that feel they can lead?

By: Alexander Kyokwijuka

On my mind this morning, are the very many Ugandans who hoped to be elected leaders in the general election early next year but whose hopes have been shuttered because they lost in the party primaries (for the NRM) or they were rejected by the Vetting committees (for other parties like DP, ANT NUP and others). But this is not the big worry for me.

My biggest concern is the number of those aspiring leaders who are now running to court and tribunals claiming that they were cheated and therefore not satisfied with the results.

For starters, without necessarily justifying the cheating and other forms of electoral malpractice, is it not only logical to understand that political contestation is about strategy and tactics, and it is only supposed to be “free and fair” and not necessarily “perfect”?

In the case of NRM primaries, over 380 complaints were lodged by those who actually lost, and this is almost 90% of the total number of aspirants. Even if this doesn’t concern you fellow Ugandans, what if it is true that all these guys actually cheated their way through the election, shouldn’t we worry about the kind of leadership we are going to get from these guys?

If these guys actually just lost the election and are just claiming because they can’t imagine losing the chance to lead, shouldn’t we worry that leaders no longer look at leadership as a service but look at it as an income generation venture!? Must it be a matter of death that one must become the elected leader?

Isn’t leadership supposed to be a matter of one who is confident about their leadership skills and competencies showing up and offering themselves for choice so that the citizens decide from among the many that feel they can lead?

Does it have to go that far that you sell your property, cause violence, threaten lives or even kill people, in order to get to power? Where is humanity! Where is #UBUNTU ?

To fellow Ugandans, are you not worried about the kind of culture we are building as a country? I am only talking about political contestation here but the same happens in Business, Public Service, Civil Society, and everywhere else.

Isn’t it high time we sat down as a nation to reflect on the kind of culture we are inculcating in the current generations because they will pass it on to the next generations?

I believe we can do better, and build a better Uganda. But let it start with each one of us. Sit down, reflect, ACT humanily as we head into the general Elections.

Anyway, what do I know? I am a humble citizen from Kigarama.

Until my next Note, Greetings from Kigarama

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