Today, I had a lengthy discourse about Bunyoro and what we must do to get to the top of the game. Bunyoro, there is no doubt has become a lamenting regional nation. We have become so vulnerable and naïve. We claim to be political. There is one fact. Every government needs a dull population. So easy to lead. So vulnerable to demand for petty things. We follow government and have always followed governments. In my chat with a fellow this week, I did intimate that we needed not to demand for these but create a legitimate government that offers these services we are currently demanding.
I for instance have said that Bunyoro can’t merit to be part of the bigger national cake distributors if we continue being so fearful. We actually fear even our shadows. We fear our government forgetting that world over, governments are supposed to fear us the people not us to fear them. Actually, when people fear the government, that is a sign of tyranny. Bunyoro must begin identifying leaders of purpose. Leaders who must stand with Bunyoro not with Uganda. It will be good to appreciate that most if what is good for Bunyoro can be good for Uganda but not all what us good for Uganda is good for Bunyoro. We need leaders who will not consume whatever my sole leader says or orders. We need a leadership that will set areas of engagement with the Kampala administration. We need to create this leadership.
“Bunyoro must begin identifying leaders of purpose. Leaders who must stand with Bunyoro not with Uganda. It will be good to appreciate that most if what is good for Bunyoro can be good for Uganda but not all what us good for Uganda is good for Bunyoro.”
If we accept accidental leadership, we shall get beggars and political investors. We must nurture, identify and shape leaders. Let us not just look on. Of course, we need to address fear. Most if our leaders fear losing the next election. They fear not to be appointed as ministers. Fear being identified as an unfriendly force. We fear the unknown. This fear has made Bunyoro to identify leaders from the weakness background not from their strength point. For instance, we assess who cannot and won’t disturb the president. We need leaders who will shake my President. We identify leaders who have not done evil or have not failed here. Yet, we need leaders who have wronged us. Leaders who have stood for a cause. Leaders who have taken sides even if it’s a wrong side. Leaders who stand for something or against something.
If we accept accidental leadership, we shall get beggars and political investors. We must nurture, identify and shape leaders. Let us not just look on.
How shall we address fear. Leaders from all walks of life must vibrate the population. They must rebuke evil. They must brand us by what we stand for. We need to identify key virtues that can shape our regional nation. Virtues like confidence, articulacy, vibrancy, vocalist, information and integrity. The love for Bunyoro can best be seen through these virtues. These leaders must be at all circles if our political trajectory.
However, even if we fail to get these leaders at other political levels, we must not fail on mayorship and District Chairperson Local Council 5. Don’t ask me the type we have. I recently asked the LC 5 chairperson for Buliisa how he is doing it that a great deal of his people were absorbed in the oil related activities in his district. Tag of war, he replied. I don’t know how many of your people in Hoima and Kakumiro are engaged by these firms engaged in conducting preliminary activities including the Resettlement Action Plans RAP and other studies. If you don’t know any then it implies that your leadership needs to be vibrated. Don’t assassinate my thinking. Assassinate your inability to shape a leadership that is able to influence governance processes in your interest. Let me tell you three things that make societies transformed. Quality education of the people through transformation initiatives and transformative leadership.
Are we safe?
Yes we are. A docile population doesn’t vibrate. Doesn’t demand and doesn’t fume. We are safe because in the Bunyoro poverty, no amount of pressure shall be built. We shall see nothing evil to warrant an upraising for our right. We need to challenge the status quo. We are safe because even government is happy with Bunyoro and its slumber.
What can we do?
A new force whether focused or not must emerge. This force must respect no boundary but firm a spirited madness that later will revolutionalise the local leadership. This pressure group must make it impossible for the nagging leaders to blindfold the masses. This force must identify and shape leaders. Must make the region appreciate the leadership gap we currently face as a region and firm the force we need through efforts of new hope for the region. This must become the force we shall all believe and whoever resists this force will be resisted by the people. It’s a game plan and a change maker.
My fear is that fear will become a new value that define us.
But we must fear not to do something itself. We must fear being ruled. We must fear dying and our children and grandchildren suffering from the same ills for having feared to do something when we were awakened by an innocent citizen. After all our timetables are not held by those whom we fear. We must do something or else, we risk becoming victims as a generation and that to come.
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