Happy new year to you and all those from Butambala. May Butambala rise and shine again as it used to in years past.
The ideal solution is to get rid of districts and revert to the county as the administrative unity. Think about it in years past when Butambala and other counties were very strong, there was one Saza Chief who was in charge and I mean in total control. Today, there are 2 elected MPs, one women MP, a CAO and all that representing a county!
Be careful with your political argument that Buganda will find it hard to compete. I do not know about NRMO and other parties but I believe in DP, the constituency is or should be the centre of delegates. Sure there are district leaders too but in terms of total delegates, it is the constituency which matters. So you should try to persuade your NRMO folks to use the constituency level when it comes to picking national delegates. Why? The district in Uganda is too fluid whereas the constituency has sort of remained steady.
So how many constituencies are in every region? Plus using the constituency will curb the political madness of “give us a district”. I had the privilege of traveling throughout Uganda over 30 years ago and today the places I hear are being granted district status just shocks me. I will not mention them to avoid attacks by sons and daughters of the soil.
Mark you there is no test whatsoever when creating these districts. All they count on is that foreign taxes payers some of us will continue to pay taxes and our host governments will continue to be generous with foreign aid to fund those districts in Uganda. Such dependence is hurting African countries. Actually it has created situation where foreign govts that give a few dollars here and there are begging to dictate the morality in Uganda.
You know what I am talking about: if you continue to beg funds to fund some districts in Uganda, the muzungu will put conditions on their dollar. These days they send to Africa through NGOs, well you know where I am going so fill in the blanks to teach our people certain learned behaviours. Ask the people of Uganda this question on my behalf what use is it to have so many districts only to have Sweden and other dictate their immorality on Uganda? Well tied aid is well and alive but this time it is tied to certain behaviours.
I hope you agree with me that those politicians demanding districts are directly playing into the hands of western donors to dictate certain behaviours on Ugandans. So you get the district and much more but lose the flexibility to set your agenda and even pass laws!
Yes you got Butambala where you must be the front runner to bag the women seat, but you also gave Sweden more leverage to load it on Uganda! Do you agree with me that the ambitions of a few politicians are actually setting the conditions to corrupt Ugandan values from abroad?
But why is it that our-African-people do not see the linkages between tied aid-very little-and corrupting tendencies/behaviours from the so called donors. You know th saying about the poor and what they can not do or choose.
Think about these issues and I expect you to think deeper than the average “give us a district” cheerleader.
As a rule I stay away from issues that touch on religion, but what happened to Butambala? Hint: why did that Kibuli leader not look towards Butambala as it used to be the case? That is why I wish Butambala well to shine and rise again because it has the potential. And I mean it.
UAH forumist in USA