The Great Lakes Region’s fragile democracy is taking a toll on human life, critical governance issues, and threatening stability in the region. In less than 5 years, more than 1.2 million people have crossed into Uganda from South Sudan to escape the turmoil. In the same period, more than 1 million children have crossed to Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to escape the South Sudan conflict.
Political parties are mere vehicles of people’s interests and where leaders in these parties fail to appreciate these interests people will always break loose from the mainstream political vehicles to achieve their goals.
Just like Uganda’s neighbour Kenya, there is something to learn about their government’s entry into a campaign that put the girl child first. National budgets are about service delivery, securing a future of the girl child through giving them free sanitary pads can be a game-changing intervention in Uganda’s future.
Our sole purpose in sacrificing our time and resources has been invested in making sure that we defend the dignity of every Ugandan, expand opportunity, build an economy that creates jobs but also serves and rebuilds households that is the dream some of us are committed to not the scramble for a few jobs to make a small class happy and while millions of Ugandans starve, bleed to death in hospitals and health centres and others are rendered homeless and destitute in their own country.
Change is not when one with power loses it to his opponents but when those with power manage it well enough to accommodate everyone.