When Prophets speak, no one listens to them because of their very nature of modesty as the messenger.
See, the moment we failed to build a society of shared dreams then we implicitly, each one of us was motivated to want to go it alone.(individual merit)
We lost appetite for ORGANIZATION. Cooperatives which were the nerve center of citizen participation and production organization were dismantled. This disrupted commodity chains hoping markets were perfect solutions. We woke to the reality that individual markets access and linkages were tall order. Farmer retreated to subsistence agriculture as the motivation to produce for markets was no longer viable.
Everybody was made to think they alone, can go up to the “economic moon” through political galaxies of SIASA or AIR SUPPLY. All little young people joining University were taken to play with guns in a program whose results to date are not here nor there.
A poor country cannot develop without the charisma and foresight of its leaders. The people need direction to lessen the burden without taking away their individual responsibility. Policy & structural direction & institutionalized discipline to follow through strategic plans(National Development Plans).
38million poor are a serious problem. In 20 years they will be 70million poor people. You might think this is far fetched but 30 years ago, many young people in their 30s were sold hope and today in their 60s are scratching their gray-haired scalp watching their educated children jobless and in despair. Many of them had hoped their children to be their “insurance” policy but alas the children are stuck in their “economic pampers” in their 30s.
I have written many times about a military program that has bled many economic opportunities grinding our economy to a halt. You can go on mountaintops and shout how things are okay but the truth is it is horrible. In fact, those shouting everything is okay are individuals with questionable ambition.
In 2002, at the small join in Tororo, I shared my insights about the economy and the way it is being governed and I argued then and now that unless there is discipline from the top all the way down, Ugandans are floating on water like a water cabbage.
I know my old man Mr.Museveni is very physically exhausted now and certainly still hoping to be the ONLY man who will take Uganda to middle-income status in 2017 as he promised.
But we have systematically decimated the few nascent institutions and failed to build and strengthen others. We have created more enemies in the region than economic frontiers to expand regional trade.
Instead of regional countries coming together to help Congo develop her energy potential for export to power up smaller economies, they have been militarily attacking and raping. Unlike R.Nile constantly creating headache between upstream countries with Egypt, R.Congo with over 200,000MW of energy potential has no quarrels. Who would attack and rape Congo if they have invested money to generate electricity in Zaire? Instead for donkey years rather export economic diplomacy, they have been exporting wars.
During a cabinet meeting Kyankwazi after the stolen sham election, the Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo was born. From the retreat, news came out that a Malaysian Minister of Transformation informed the cabinet to their shock that:
1) It is good to have PLANS
2) It is even better to ensure the plans are IMPLEMENTED for results.
What he meant was that PLANNING is a building block, EXECUTING the plan and having the commitment to be held ACCOUNTABLE the results is part of the competitive advantage process which keeps high performing teams and organizations at the top.
I am not writing this for politics. I have always been a PATRIOT who believes in building a vibrant society in which every young man and woman can unleash his/her talent for our collective benefit.
The economy of Uganda will not grow through prayer and worship. God will not drop mana from heaven. Uganda has been given all the tools and resources to be successful and the people have to make choices.
The leaders are very clueless. The people have run low on ambition and everyone including Sudhir Ruparelia now shaking his head.
Don’t say I did not warn you. You keep defending your corrupt relatives stealing public money but the moment age catches up with you when you have no social base to rely on for your old frame, ask your parents what they would do different if their age was run back to 30.
Shaka Robert also was known as Gen. Maverick.