Ask a contestant why they’re standing



By Benjamin Rukwengye

The boys’ dormitory was a protracted, hilly distance away from the cafeteria. Because of this, college students in Senior One typically obtained bullied into sharing their meals with the older boys who couldn’t be bothered to make that trek.

Three years later, the college held a marketing campaign to elect the following spherical of prefects and that’s when it got here to mild that politicians don’t simply arrive at their penchant for telling lies out of the blue. It’s an artwork perfected over years of observe and getting away with the vice.

This younger man, contesting to fill the cafeteria place, informed the Senior One class – who have been the frontline victims of bullying – that he would persuade the administration to put a pipeline to move the meals straight from the kitchen to the Senior One dormitory.

In case you have been in Senior One and have been uninterested in getting bullied into sharing your meals, this seemed like deal. Far-fetched and dumb, sure, however the contestant had additionally mentioned the proposal had certainly been within the works as a method to take care of bullying.

So he mainly scratched the place it itched most and nearly obtained away with the votes. I don’t keep in mind the man’s identify now, however I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s contesting to hitch the following Parliament, and promising to assemble roads, colleges and hospitals – even when he has no mandate or cash to again it up.

In case you watched Vice, the movie which chronicles the lifetime of former US Vice President, Dick Cheney, you most likely keep in mind the second when he asks his mentor, Congressman Donald Rumsfeld, “What are we? What will we imagine in?” Within the movie, the younger aide, Cheney, doesn’t get a solution. As an alternative, Rumsfeld bursts out laughing and walks away – as a result of what will we imagine in?


That movie, and the story of the younger man looking for to be elected as cafeteria prefect are the clearest proof that voters, contestants and energy brokers are very hardly ever studying from the identical script. That, amongst different causes may also clarify why each spherical of elections brings in a brand new change of guards (on the decrease ranges), however no basic change.

The place voters may see existential realities such because the burden of paying faculty charges, paying for healthcare and placing meals on the desk; candidates may see these similar issues as a automobile to get profitable contracts for themselves or to get wealthy fast. Energy brokers trying to entrench multinational capital pursuits may see voters and leaders as little lapdogs to be lulled into buying and selling a bowl of milk for a bone.

Many rounds into the charade that’s democracy on this home, it’s a fallacy to imagine that voters have no idea or count on that they are going to be lied to. The issue for them and people who they elect, is that the malaise doesn’t go away simply because you have got obtained a yellow t-shirt, blue key holder or crimson sticker. Tomorrow, you’ll nonetheless be unable to afford faculty on your youngsters, and woe betide you should you ought to must pay out-of-pocket for medicare.

Seeing as we now have turned politics right into a profession, we will count on to have in upwards of 1 million Ugandans vying for workplace throughout all ranges within the forthcoming Basic Election.

It’s thrilling to see younger individuals present up and try to take cost and accountability. We have already got 45 also-runs taking pictures their photographs on the presidency, even when no one is taking bets on who the Electoral Fee will declare as winner.

In case you go searching, you’ll most likely discover that you already know somebody who’s standing for some workplace. Ask them why they’re standing? What they imagine in? How they hope to realize no matter is that they’re promising. They don’t even need to be certified – as a result of no one ever is when beginning out at something , however just like the younger Cheney, know what to anticipate earlier than you exit on a limb for them.

In any other case, what’s the level of getting enthusiastic about your mates who’re selecting between a facet which is averse to alter and one other that desires change for the sake of it – and never asking them why and the way? Ask them to persuade you first, and like these Type Ones, you may truly see a liar while you hear one and resolve they received’t get your votes.

Mr Rukwengye is the founder, Boundless Minds.



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