When I look at Kalungu district many questions come to my mind and I wonder whether there are leaders who really care. The past was glorious but the present is infested with selfish leaders who are only good at manipulating voters.
Kalungu was known for producing some of Uganda’s finest leaders, businessmen, and farmers but that’s now history. Kalungu is one of the reasons why Buddu was Buganda’s most prosperous counties in the 19th century.
Right now some of the matooke we eat in Kalungu are from Mbarara! What happened to our own farmers? Coffee and matooke were regular products in every household in the 19th century. The current state of schools and their performance is now worrying! Health facilities are a shadow of their past, and standards of living are dwindling every minute that passes. Some leaders are continuing to divide people while playing tribal, political parties, and religious cards.
Like the rest of the country, Kalungu is facing a serious leadership crisis that needs an urgent remedy. While the rest of the world is adopting methods of the 21st century, Uganda is still trapped in the 20th century. We can not afford to be in the 21st century and continue to think like people of the past. It is unfortunate that leaders who are supposed to lift us are intentionally keeping us backward so that they can continue manipulating us.
Instead of promoting quality health services and influencing health legislation that can bring health services to our people, members of parliament are supposedly donating minibusses to help people on burials when in actual sense they are making money from the bereaved families. It’s not bad to bemoan with others but it’s bad to take advantage of them. The focus should be preventing unnatural deaths by promoting preventive measures.
Last week I asked a teenager if he would like to be a politician when he grows up. He responded with a big no. I asked him why. He replied politicians are corrupt and liars. This reminded me of our own leaders who don’t keep their words. They promise to serve two terms and they shamelessly come back for a third term typical of what Museveni did in the 1980s. We have reached a level where children are also losing trust in political leaders.
I am optimistic though. I know together with like-minded people we can restore Kalungu West’s lost glory and make our constituency a model constituency across the country.
The time has come to put aside what divides us and capitalize on what unites us. our generation is now looking for servants ready to serve their people without any form of prejudice. It is time to put the people of Kalungu West first. The 21st century needs a leader of our time ready to fight for the people at any cost.
We need to respect every person and bring back their dignity. We need to create opportunities for communities and everyone so that people can realize their dreams and be self-reliant.
Together we are going to create Kalungu West that works for all.
The writer is an aspiring Member of Parliament for Kalungu West County.