Success begins with conviction and determination

My experience as student, listener and worker has led me to conclude that to succeed in anything for oneself or for others one has to have inner conviction and determination. Do I want to be a musician or a teacher? Do I want to promote my own interests, work for the interests of my tribe or the entire nation? Once you have formed this vision, then you work step by step towards realizing it. Conviction and determination should also develop early in one’s life. I decided that I would do research and write about the political economy of Uganda and the great lakes region when I was in senior three. My subsequent actions have been guided by that conviction including studying horizontally rather than vertically.
When you decide too late chances are you may not succeed because you did not do what is necessary to lay a solid foundation. I have seen ambitious people who jump from one profession to another making mistake after mistake because they do not have a good foundation. They become frustrated and inconvenience others to the point of pulling them down if they could.

Students who do well develop early conviction about the value of education and work harder and more diligently than those who do not. During my days in primary and secondary school, it was students from poor families that generally performed well because they were convinced and determined that to improve their lot and help their poor parents and relatives they had to work hard. By and large, children from relatively well off families did not perform as well in large part because there was no need – they and their parents were living comfortably – some rode bicycles and wore shoes to school! Thus, hard work in lower education gave students from poor families the momentum that carried them to and through university with good degrees.

Although the playing field is not always level in the work place, on balance it is people who work hard and smart that progress.

The conviction and determination to work for narrow or wider interests also develop early. During the campaigns for and into independence, Milton Obote gave early indication he wanted to work for the majority (I know some Ugandans will contest this). That is why he allocated more resources to social sectors especially education and healthcare with a focus on rural areas where the majority lived.

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Ours will be a liberal democracy

Liberal democracy has two main components. First, it is based on free and fair elections which are held regularly so that all eligible citizens choose their representatives and form a government. Second, a liberal democracy guarantees that rights for individuals and groups are protected and ipso facto cannot be taken away by government. Put another way, liberal democracy is a form of government that combines representative institutions of government including free and fair elections with liberal values in terms of individual rights and responsibilities.

It is important to stress that it is citizens that vote in a free and fair environment. And government cannot take away inalienable rights and freedoms of citizens.

In writing chapter two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) which was released to the public for comment last week, United Democratic Ugandans (UDU) committee examined the elections and governments in Uganda since 1961. All of them did not meet the two components of a liberal democracy. Citizen participation in elections and government has been less than satisfactory, elections have not been free and fair, foreigners have been allowed to vote and governments have violated human rights and fundamental freedoms of Uganda citizens.

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Uganda’s voices of suffering and oppression created UDU

The moment you begin a conversation (face to face, on the phone or by e-mail etc) about Uganda with Ugandans at home or abroad or Uganda’s friends and well wishers, the first thing you are likely to hear is that there is too much suffering and oppression deliberately caused by NRM regime under Museveni’s dictatorship as described among others by George Ayittey in Foreign Policy of September 9, 2011.

Privately some senior government officials have admitted that economic and social injustice has gone too far. They tell you that sectarianism and corruption conducted ‘at gun point’ by Museveni’s agents have benefitted very few people connected to state house while the rest have sank deeper into poverty that is never captured in government statistics that have focused on economic growth rates, income per capita, inflation control and export diversification as contained for example in government annual budget speeches.

The spreading and deepening poverty (more people becoming poor and more people eating one instead of three meals a day for example) and attendant diseases including those that had disappeared like meningitis, sleeping sickness, scabies, trachoma and jiggers have betrayed government confident statements that poverty had been drastically reduced from 56 percent to 25 percent and overall standard of living had considerably improved using as evidence the number of cell phones, vehicles and Kampala’s new and big residential tile roofed houses.

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