Yes, the law can work in Uganda. remember that Kenyans also had or went through what Ugandans are going through: feelings of entitlement. I had been ordered out by then but I learned that Kenyan actually fought kifuba over FORD KENYA. Raila Odinga, yes that one felt entitled to led it after the demise of his father Mzee Jaramogi Odinga. The Luhyas said no and fought over it. I understand the situation was so bad-Mr Moi could care less-that many suffered multiple injuries.
Defeated, democratically-not enough delegates to back him-Raila left to left to hijack another parry then called NDP. From there he made a deal with Mr Moi, joined KANU and cabinet until Mr Moi pulled a fast one on all the pretenders when he three his weight behind Mr Uhuru Kenyatta and famously reminded the pretenders that KANU had its owners.
When YKM told off those pestering him to name his successor that none of the current pretenders have what it takes, he reminded me of Mr Moi, blunt and politically incorrect, a trait both share. They also do not drink chaanga and of course like mbessha too much.
It took the courage of the woman from Gichugu, Hon Martha Karua to reign in the political parties. Forced by law, most parties had no choice but embrace internal democracy. Those that thought that she was joking were caught off guard and are now in limbo. Needless to say political parties are not private entities.
But it is not just me obsessed with Kenya. Kenyans now rule the top echelons of the corporate sector in Uganda and even Vice Chancellors. Why is that the case?
However,I agree with your thesis. Taxes are what we pay for civilization. In other words, if Ugandans want democracy they should pay taxes. Now do Ugandans pays taxes? No.
NRMO was smart. It broke the bond you cite by abolishing pol taxes. Ugandans used to take pride in paying taxes. They used to gather before DCs and chiefs to be assessed or relieved of the budren. Not anymore.
Bottom line : a country of perennial tax evaders like Uganda cannot enjoy the type of democracy the elite crave for.
It is is inverse of the cry: no taxation without representation that sparked tea the famous Boston tea parties.
No taxes, no democracy babe. Taxes are what buy-force-democracy.
Now do you think the majority see it the way you put it in your thesis? Obviously not. Scam the editorials pages and you will see them complaining about taxes today and then tomorrow about lack of democratic space. Hello.
I know you folks are fed up with me referring to Kenya but just bear with me. Under Mr Moi, Kenyans were not paying taxes as much. Enter Mr Kibaki who declared that the era for tax evaders was over and all of a sudden KRA is minting billions. In Ugandan super crooks like Sudhir are day in day out fighting URA about one form of taxe or another. And then the crooks have the audacity to complain of lack of security. If the Ugandan police has no web page, or functioning patrol cars, cars it can only buy if allocated more money, money which only be raised through taxation, how can it deliver?
Instead of the opposition telling donors to cut AID, they should be telling Ugandans to pay taxes. Yap. is that likely? Nope.
Many in UAH and blame the peasants that they have prioritized sleep over democracy. Hello. As as long as they pay no taxes, no more strikes and for the young folks, it was strikes “Obwedimo” against taxes, a Ugandan version of no taxation without representation pioneered by the late Mr Eriabu Kamya which forced changes on Bazungu.
Abolishing poll taxes has had only negative effects. Men drinking from mourning is one of them. In the past, before one paid his or her poll tax, they would be on guard and working hard to pay before the chiefs pounced. Not anymore.
Think about it, we the elite are doing the wrong thing. What we should be calling for is more not less taxation if we genuinely treasure democratizaition in Uganda. some Ugandan singer sang that “essay come say go”. Ugandans want it essay, no taxes yet somehow hope aginst all odds that lack of taxation will translate into democracy. Wrong.
Ugandans should reflect on Oliver Wendel Holmes’ dictum: taxes are what people for civilization. You can define civilization any way you want.