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Our govt is not tribalistic, and I can prove it

The conversation on tribalism has resurfaced, like a corpse that refuses to stay below waters.

Perhaps issues of ‘tribe’ have been Uganda’s most enduring paradox ever since colonialists set foot in present-day Uganda, and maybe earlier. It is that wound we have never allowed to dry, probably because it is sweet to scratch.

Nevertheless, I don’t find need to waste much time on it. No matter how much you try to please Ugandans, they are that proverbial hole that never gets quenched. They will always have something to complain about. To any Ugandan of sober mind, there is obviously no tribalism in government allocation of opportunities. No ethnic group is favoured, and that is everywhere for every right-minded person to see.

Sometime back, they were all over social media rolling in mud over the allegedly ‘resembling’ faces of the pretty ladies in the Entebbe Expressway toll boxes. If the ladies resemble each other, what is wrong with that? Would you be more gratified if they resembled your mother? It is understood world over that strategic points like those need attractive faces, to please customers.

We want more people to use the road so that we quickly repay the China loan for its construction. How else did you want government to attract more people to use the road?

The problem is that many Ugandans do not think strategically, and with patriotic lenses. Many of our tourists enter the country through that highway. Isn’t it wise to feed them with the best of what Uganda can provide in terms of appearances? If that offends your small heart, kindly look the other way, or go for plastic surgery.

It has also been severally carelessly raised, and in ways that incite violence, that certain public offices have been so tribalised that the languages spoken there make them seem like clan gatherings. This as well must be coming from those blokes with colonised minds. Fellow citizens, what is wrong with us speaking our languages in offices where we find ourselves to be COINCIDENTALLY the same?

Should we be speaking yours, or colonial English? Learn to love your culture. And when you are told the plain truth, you call it arrogance. You accuse others of having become so entitled that now they cannot look at tribal segregation as an issue. You accuse them of not being different in attitude from earlier regimes that they castigated.

Well, the problem with Obote and Amin is that they recruited into public service many of ‘their own’ who were not qualified to hold those positions. Before you open your foul mouth, show me any of the people you allege to be favoured that are not qualified. Merit, my friends, merit! Then you will ask: ‘Why them mostly?’ - that silly provocative sectarian question that I am tired of hearing! You should instead ask: ‘Why not them?’

You are chronically ungrateful. Government has opened up so many schools and universities, effectively increasing access to education. No one has stopped you from taking your children to top schools as others do. If you are not pleased with what is offered in Uganda, has anyone ever hindered you from sending your children abroad for special education?

Why begrudge those who see the value and send theirs there? Isn’t the passport office open and running? Are borders closed? Are flights unavailable? Universities in Europe, America, and Canada are open for whoever qualifies and wants to go.

Send them to study about oil, engineering, and corporate governance, and we see if they will subsequently be denied jobs in top government positions because of their origin. Do you expect government to help you register?

Stop that laziness that you treasonously package as victimhood. While others are sacrificing to send their children to good schools, you are selling land to go to the Middle East to mop houses and wash cars. Yet you still have the audacity to blame your poor choices on government! Take advantage of UPE and USE to as well improve your CVs and climb up the ladder of public visibility. Grumbling all the time like sick puppies is not going to add to your qualifications.

It defeats my imagination to hear people lament that government (State House) scholarships are granted on grounds of ancestry and physical appearance. Good Lord, what won’t you complain about? Even if it’s true that they take most scholarships, aren’t they citizens of this country? Don’t they qualify?

Will it make you proud citizens if children from your president’s area go without good education? Won’t you be the first to mock His Excellency for the shameful irony?

You claim that the scholarships often go to those who can already afford while other desperate bright children are left out. Prove it! Where are the statistics to support your allegations? Produce the bank statements of their parents so that we argue with evidence.

You can’t! Anyway, I have a suggestion to make it simple for you and to put you to shame once and for all. Let the IGG or Equal Opportunities Commission conduct an audit of all public institutions and clearly show you the national ethnic representation that you refuse to see. Let them come up with a report showing who occupies which position, especially the top ones.

You will swallow your empty hateful accusations when you are proven wrong by statistics of RDCs, RCCs, Generals, EDs, commissioners, SFC, police bosses, etc.

It is my humble appeal, fellow citizens, let us shun the idle talk of tribalism and build national unity and progress. Let us love our country more and stop sensationalising tribal discussion. Focus on our Parish Development Model (PDM) so that you lift yourselves out of poverty. And, focus on your own plate. It is contrary to our cultural eating manners to start craning your neck into others’ bowls. That is greed.

jsssentongo@gmail.com

The author is a teacher of philosophy.

Comments

-2 #21 Christopher 2023-09-16 07:57
Satirical and sarcastic, yet so thought provoking. Excellent read nonetheless.
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+5 #22 Lysol 2023-09-16 21:36
Satire! Many people at this forum cannot tell the difference between a direct and an indirect satire.

There are also three main types of satires. Yet, they always come out blindly to humor themselves and pour praises without discussing the very topic behind the satire. It's hard to tell if it's plain flattery or mockery of the topic and the author himself.
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-9 #23 Lakwena 2023-09-18 08:00
Including the word "repeat and/or repeating, the same, always, making, doing, saying, complaining, insanity, over and over", etc.; and he also repeats all the very 26 alphabets; the "creative genius" must be totally mad (Lapoya).

In other words, there is nothing wrong with being insane, and/or the insane telling off the sane of being insane and vice versa.

Otherwise, except insanity, there is nothing new under the Sun. And what an insane world we live in!
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+1 #24 Akot 2023-09-18 13:13
Quoting Lysol:


Satire! Many people at this forum cannot tell the difference between a direct and an indirect satire.

There are also three main types of satires. Yet, they always come out blindly to humor themselves and pour praises without discussing the very topic behind the satire. It's hard to tell if it's plain flattery or mockery of the topic and the author himself.


Thanks.

We are made to go along with the inhuman tribalistic system Museveni so cleaverly put i place, yet deny our tribalism, reason our land, tax money... will belong to the migrant family for good!

40 years of Museveni won't be long enough & all we do is play around with words, while waiting to legalise his 45 years with next fake elections!
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+1 #25 Akot 2023-09-18 13:23
Quoting Lysol:


Of course, we repeat ourselves with the activities of daily living, like eating or sleeping, otherwise, we all die, but apart from that,...

A good humor is only funny if it's timely and well said.


Agreed.

This is why Ugandans MUST not ignor Akot calling them to say; NO to the tribalistic system & to UNITY to end Museveni's rule or we are locked in this fight with words while Museveni rules for life & will leave the post to his son!

What will be the subject of discussion/fight with words for Ugandans then?

Why is our land being Museveni's family business not a problem, not our subject of discussion?
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+3 #26 Akot 2023-09-18 13:38
Dr Jimmy Spire Ssentongo,

Time you speak to Ugandans with words they will understand!

Why prolong Museveni's rule & ownership of Uganda by ignoring it's tribalism ensuring he rules in peace while we fight one another with words, imprison one another for defying him, thus ensure no one from a tribal land will ever replace him!

The only song Ugandans need is; NO to the tribalistic system & UNITY, NOW!

When Museveni is shown way out in UNITY, Ugandans will form the kind of governance they want, so why prolong, ensure Museveni's lifetime rule & transfer of power to his son?

Why be at war with themselves when all tribes are slaves of Rwandese Museveni in the zone formed by our tribal lands, yet belongs to the migrant family who tribally divided us to ensure they are POWERLESS?
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0 #27 Akot 2023-09-18 13:47
Remase, thanks.

What a pitty, Ugandans ignore they are the powerless tribally divided ruled ensuring Museveni's ownerhip of their land!

Look at Sub-Sahara Africa that went along with dictorship, bad rule & now their young are flocking to Europe to have chance to live as humans!

Ugandans just have to become ONE PEOPLE to end Museveni's rule, yet all they do is fight one another to ensure they are ALL slaves of the migrant family for good!

Ugandans aren't even concerned that as long as they are tribally divided ruled, they are alone & the outside world will watch in silence now as they have understood the reason Museveni owns Uganda - OUR TRIBALISM!
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+6 #28 Lysol 2023-09-18 19:33
I rest my case!
Once a criminal/insane individual has confessed that there is "nothing wrong" with blah, blah blah.

The criminal is locked up in jail or the insane is locked up in a mental institution because he/she is a danger to society. "Lapoya", whatever the f**k that means...
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+3 #29 Lysol 2023-09-19 04:54
Quoting Akot:
Remase, thanks.

What a pitty, Ugandans ignore they are the powerless tribally divided ruled ensuring Museveni's ownerhip of their land!

Look at Sub-Sahara Africa that went along with dictorship, bad rule & now their young are flocking to Europe to have chance to live as humans!

Ugandans just have to become ONE PEOPLE to end Museveni's rule, yet all they do is fight one another to ensure they are ALL slaves of the migrant family for good!

Ugandans aren't even concerned that as long as they are tribally divided ruled, they are alone & the outside world will watch in silence now as they have understood the reason Museveni owns Uganda - OUR TRIBALISM!


Spire likes to show-off and sound complicated for nothing.
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0 #30 Lysol 2023-09-19 22:25
Quoting Akot:
Dr Jimmy Spire Ssentongo,

Time you speak to Ugandans with words they will understand!

Why prolong Museveni's rule & ownership of Uganda by ignoring it's tribalism ensuring he rules in peace while we fight one another with words, imprison one another for defying him, thus ensure no one from a tribal land will ever replace him!

The only song Ugandans need is; NO to the tribalistic system & UNITY, NOW!

When Museveni is shown way out in UNITY, Ugandans will form the kind of governance they want, so why prolong, ensure Museveni's lifetime rule & transfer of power to his son?

Why be at war with themselves when all tribes are slaves of Rwandese Museveni in the zone formed by our tribal lands, yet belongs to the migrant family who tribally divided us to ensure they are POWERLESS?


Spire is a phony/fake and an attention seeker from his students/followers who always come out here to praise him.
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