The acrimonious relationships among leaders of Uganda’s political parties – intra and inter is interesting. It reveals how the multiparty ‘democratic’ elections system now practised in Uganda is based on a mistaken belief in it as a system that nurtures good governance.
Among the worst injustices inflicted on Ugandans, moreover, are the billions of shillings that we spend on holding elections – some of which is borrowed money.
We spend money on elections knowing full well that if the election results do not turn out the way ‘the world’ expected them to turn out there will be mayhem and or more spending in billions.
Those who lose elections do not normally concede defeat. We must be the country with the highest number of post-election battles – legal and otherwise. Leaders in all parties rarely voluntarily accept to step aside so that more able leaders within their respective parties emerge and take leadership.
Individual opposition leaders compete among themselves on who can best disrupt the running of the state, get prominent media coverage and create an illusion that they are the ‘big man’.
The conduct of all our political leaders is of the ‘big man’ as opposed to that of a party representative or people’s representative. The views expressed by our political leaders are their own views and sometimes are the views of ‘the world’. They are certainly not the views and will of the people of Uganda.
Instead of establishing policies that enhance our lives, our political leaders on both sides waste resources (time, energy, equipment and money) on shenanigans of a few egoistical, selfish and deluded ‘big men’.
Might it be better for us to emulate the governance system of Switzerland and to adapt a multi-party federal parliamentary democratic republic system? A system that incorporates a council of elders that ensures that power is not vested in one individual, and it provides for rotational leadership.
I dare say that the Swiss system is much more compatible with traditional African systems, such as the one of my kin. Within Iteso culture, authority is vested within a council of elders within each clan.