A lot of things are fascinating about Uganda, how we steal stockpiles of money, how our ministers steal underpants and others steal blankets meant for displaced people, we are a funny race that need not prove it.
Flip on to the positive side of Uganda;
FDC has elections – tick, FDC had a presidential debate – tick, FDC is a party – tick. It’s not daily news to have an election run as smooth as the FDC one has been. As per the previous elections in Uganda filled with strange and heavy deployments, violence, voter bribery and massive rigging, FDC has soared on to set a standard for political parties to pick a leaf.
To start with, it’s not every day a leader in Uganda steps down from a presidential postion, politicians in Uganda have to be forced, pushed and booted out of power which is a credit for Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye for allowing the smooth flow of democracy from within the party. Our leaders do anything to sustain their political supremacy up to even amending the supreme law of the land!
Then onto the aspect of breeding party democracy, give me a political party with a reconciled party presidency and I will hang this very minute to the nearest thread, and by party, I do not mean briefcase parties without a member of parliament! Much as people have harsh-tongues for FDC, the leading opposition party and with monies being flung around by the ruling party NRM to tear it apart, FDC has stood the test of time and patience! The UPC and DP, which I find strange that people still consider parties, had/continue to have wrangles over their party presidency with different factions forming their own parties within the party itself! The FDC has ably demonstrated a cemented top-brass leadership, in Uganda at least!
Onto the vice that has killed Ugandan political parties, money, call them funds and any other such word used to modernize it from money. FDC, ‘with ranking to other political parties’ has ably managed its funds. I can imagine if UPC or NRM were placed in FDC’s shoes. We could have had the most political defections by now.
FDC has succeeded in putting up a political and administrative structure worth recognition in regard to other political parties that I think needs us to credit them.