Activists for Change politicians have been criticized for using their platform to build their political career instead of strengthening democratic governance in the country. Veteran politician and People’s Progressive Party President, Jaberi Bidandi Ssali, says although it is a noble cause for the A4C members to call for the overthrow of the current regime, it is a bad approach.
Activists for Change politicians have been criticized for using their platform to build their political career instead of strengthening democratic governance in the country.
Veteran politician and People’s Progressive Party President, Jaberi Bidandi Ssali, says although it is a noble cause for the A4C members to call for the overthrow of the current regime, it is a bad approach.
He says if politicians are working under a multi party dispensation, they only possess names at registration of their parties but still lack a structured organization.
The A4C activists include members of different political parties who tell the masses during the rallies that they have joined hands to open up the people’s eyes to the current government’s bad practices.
But Bidandi says this position is null and void since the public will not be given a chance to appreciate the difference between the parties instead of individuals.
He argues that as the politicians build their names, the masses go through undignified treatment such as beatings, killings, tear gas and loss of property which should stop.
The elderly statesman adds that the current government through its poor governance is already making masses suffer enough for A4C to worsen the situation when they lose the little they already have.
He calls on all politicians to go back to the drawing board and lay a strategy for 2016.
Bidandi says this is the time for political leaders to get back to the people door to door and explain the objectives of their parties.
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However, the A4C national coordinator Mathias Mpuuga says in their attempt to democratize Uganda they do not need people like Bidandi. Mpuuga dismisses Bidandi’s advice saying Bidandi’s litany of politics is full of inconsistencies.
He adds that Bidandi can only be trusted if he has changed from the man that helped President Museveni steal votes in the 1996 and 2001 general elections, otherwise Uganda needs a breed of new thinkers and politicians.
In the A4C rallies, the activists have made it a habit to call President Museveni leader of thieves, while the president has on several occasions called the opposition leaders fools and imbeciles. Bidandi calls on all parties to respect each other if they are to reconcile the masses.
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He stresses that no politician has a solution to the problems of Ugandans today. Uganda has a history of violence, hatred and strife and it is high time political leaders opted for peaceful solutions.
He also calls on President Museveni to stop being insensitive to the suffering of Ugandans and one of the solutions that is to come from him is to realize that enough is enough and prepare for his peaceful exit.
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