To understand what Mahtma Ghandi meant by that phrase, one only has to look at Uganda now.
According to the Guardian, Uganda has the highest unemployment rate in Africa. You can read the full article here. http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jan/16/uganda-unemployed-graduates-held-back-skills-gap
An impoverished population can do anything for just basic survival.
I have watched the Ugandan youth attack, abuse and enjoy the money for the elections but we all know after this week they will be back to their suffering.
What our leaders have failed to do is realise the urgency of the suffering of the youth. Most of these kids have university degrees and parents / elders to support but have failed to get a job since graduation.
To think that a degree now costs some sh. 5 million per a year for 3 years and you still have no job.
I wrote an article in 2015 “Ugandan politicians must stop using our kids as punching bags”. You can locate it on my blog.
The reason why people must be kept impoverished is simply due to the fact that they will do anything when you ask them. You can tell them to jump and instead of asking WHY, they will ask “How High”.
Why do Ugandans choose a life of impoverishment forever? My theory about this is Poor Reading Habits are the enemy of civilisation.
With these youth being on social media one would think that they could try to improve their lives. Find friends, business partners and employers. But nedda, that would not be telling someone “you are stuck in Bududa and have never even gone to Entebbe”…this while talking to someone who does not even live in Uganda.
Milton Allimadi wrote an article about voting this week. He said “if the youth do not vote for change this year, they will suffer for the next 20yrs”. Indeed they will suffer. How will anyone create 10 million jobs for the graduates who refuse to read? Conveniently, we will export them into slavery or to work as maids or house boys.
YOUR VOTE IS NOT FOR SALE AS YOU WOULD BE SELLING YOUR FUTURE AND THAT OF YOUR KIDS AND GRAND KIDS.
Next week, I will ask Ugandans how they will pay the school fees for their kids, the rent, food and medicine for their families. This election is done. What will you do after this week? Discard after Use!
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Martha Leah Nangalama
Find me on Google, Facebook and on all Social Media. I am an IT analyst for an Oil company and I have a business background. My articles on solving unemployment in Uganda can be found on my blog or this very website.