Experts List Challenges to Uganda's Democracy

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During a panel discussion at parliament to commemorate the International Day of Democracy this afternoon, there was consensus that the vices like corruption and nepotism have derailed democracy over the past 30 years.

Political experts have cited corruption, patronage, nepotism and violence as some of the major challenges to Uganda's democracy.
 
During a panel discussion at parliament to commemorate the International Day of Democracy this afternoon, there was consensus that the vices like corruption and nepotism have derailed democracy over the past 30 years.

The International Day of Democracy is marked every 15th day of September. The theme for this year's event in Uganda is "Democracy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development".
 
At Parliament, the panel discussants included Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Dr. Suzan Nassozi Muwanga, the Head of Political Science Department at Makerere University, Democratic Party (DP) president Norbert Mao and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative Rosa Malongo.
 
Dr. Muwanga said that nepotism, corruption and patronage have been the faces of the country's democracy for three decades. This is the same number of years President Yoweri Museveni has been in power.
 
She said that these have no place in what she described as 'democratic soup' and that they are issues to be addressed before envisaging where the country will be in 2030.

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DP president Norbert Mao also pointed out patronage and corruption as the biggest challenges, noting that even parliament has been accused of being compromised.
 
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Mao, a former legislator and district chairperson, said there is no democracy which is immune from infections such as corruption but challenged Members of Parliament to speak out on vice.
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.