AS SHE CELEBRATES HER 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE, UGANDA REFLECTS ON THE PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE CHALLENGES
The biggest question of the day how ever is, to what extent has Uganda has fulfilled/achieved her expectations/obligations as a sovereign nation since her self governance? .
In 1962, Uganda`s independence landed in the hands of unprepared leaders to stir the nation to greater heights a task that proved difficult to the then inexperienced leadership.
The first 23 years 1962-1985, saw Uganda undergo a series of political up-evils characte rised by military wars of succession.Apolo Milton Obote ceased the Kabaka of Buganda to become the second president of Uganda, Idd Amin Dada ousted him out later, but later Obote retariet in the same mode to have a second term of office (Obote ii).
Prof. Yusuf Lule, Oyit Ojok and Prof. Lukongwa Godfrey Binayisa had their share of this nation through more or less the same primitive style.
As if that was not enough, the rigged election that saw Dr. Paul Kawanga Ssemwogere the Democratic Party candidate lose an election to Obote saw the least voted presidential candidate Yoweri Kaguta Museveni declare a gorilla war against the then government in the guise of liberating the nation – Uganda.
This saw Luwero triangle become a center of dis speakable murders between 1980 – 85 , the worst ever recorded massacre in Uganda`s history.Presidents Yoweri Kaguta Museveni took over power in January 1986 to date. He was received with lots of joy and escalating hopes of permanent peace, development and prosperity for all, unity and as a solution to all other pressing national concerns of that time.
A great national anthem base of a burning belief in God and unity was composed by the late George William Kakoma added to a mighty motto `For God and my Country’that was a great thought of non selfish Ugandans.These two great assets were to stir the new sovereign Uganda to greater heights by achieving her pre- independence dream/ ideologies/ interests once independent.
Independent Uganda has unfortunately been raped of her would be glory by those at the mantle of power/leadership characterised by greed,selfishness, sectarianism, nepotism and intrigue and corruption,all these contrary to the nation`s anthem and motto.
Leadership/power was handed over to politically, economically and socially inexperienced leaders regarding the `how’ to manage a growing culturally diverse nation.Its unity was a great requirement together with the belief in God and one`s country,but these were undermined by the great divisions among the population.
Divided along tribal and religious lines as a means of having control over Ugandan`s by the British, Ugandans could hardly trust each other later on unite to foster a developed Nation.
1962-1985 saw Uganda safer the lack of a stable leader due to military upheavals caused by selfish leaders who fostered sectarianism,dictatorship,intolerance to any sort of opposition ideologies,and the desire for life presidency.These bred an incredible quest for change of power that explains why Uganda has had a series of wars including the Kony rebellion in northern Uganda that lasted for 20 years to dismay of many residents of this region that lost all their lively hood.
It goes without saying that these political upheavals raped Uganda of her manpower as well as her think tank that would have fostered faster growth, but also Uganda was made a country risky to investment unless one was in support of the then government so as to win favors and get guaranteed security from the state.
Building for the future how ever went on,Economic developments were evident though majorly run by Asian,education institutions produced great graduates some of whom are Uganda`s cream ever,Hospitals and general health care was commendable, general infrastructure including roads was at a steady development.