I have been a good citizen lately. I haven’t complained of pot-holed roads. I have raised no alarm on the siphon of state funds, in fact I have not written of political events in the country on my blog in over four months. A good improvement, right?
It’s the measure of how good a citizen I can get – the amount of politics I can stay away from.
The best governments are those that don’t have to constantly remind you that they are working. Their policies are dull and unappealing. They create the background and not the face development. They are actively involved in creating the structure for which I work in and not the world I see. Put in simple terms, they carpet the floor I walk.
If I have to find myself actively involved in making a road for which I drive my car, then that government is a failure. Why? I have left my job to focus on theirs.
21st century governments, Uganda majorly, have the mentality of dragging citizens in their business, they slowly craft slangs like ‘Citizen Participation in governance’, ‘Citizen awareness programs’ and the most laughable ‘active citizenship’.
Slowly, people who get to complain or talk more about the government policies are considered the politically alert. Those that do not follow suit are branded the illiterate. Some conferences I have attended prefer to call them ‘the people in the village’. Second class citizens.
My argument is, before there exists the structure called a government, with its visions and policies, there has to be the citizen, who has his/her own visions and is ready to do what they ought to do to achieve them. The multiplicity of citizens visions and ambitions creates the fusion that births the importance of an administration – which we now call government.
I hate to have a government prescribing that the national policy focus for youths is agriculture, on what arrangement? By what decision? on whose money? All I am saying, to be an effective government make the agricultural sector attractive enough to have youths wanting to be a part of it.
My greater burden as a citizen is to deduct a share of my money to feed this administrative structure or in political talk, pay taxes. After which I sit back and chase my visions as the administration creates the background environment.
The activist will tell you this is not how things should happen, they will tell you to be vigilant on how tax payers money is spent, they will tell you to awaken yourself and shout your head off every time a penny goes missing – which I partially agree with. But do all of us have to be in administration for government to work?
Certainly not! I don’t have to shout at a government for them to realise jailing someone beyond 48 hours is unconstitutional – the makers of the constitution did that. I don’t have to remind my M.P on a daily that the area has no electricity. It’s his job!!
For Christ’s sake can we be left out of cheap politicking and let to live our normal decent lives.
We like to be in bars sipping on cheap beers, listening to good music. We like to wake up to a clear traffic day, one less rowdy boda cyclist, and one less politician on the waves and one less noisy political debate on the radio. We need our sanity.Government do your job. I’ll do mine.
*plugs in Tarrus Riley music*