The debate is the thing, poem by Justice Ogoola


“Permit me now to speak from my own heart about what I feel in this moment.”

The debate is the thing.

Candidates decked in their rainbow of colours Speaking the speech of rhetoric Dissecting the discourse of oratory Displaying the skill of eloquence Portraying the politics of persuasion All ready to compete in the marketplace of ideas.

The debate is the thing.

Electors tuned on the ear Intent to listen, Viewers with a sharp hawk’s eye Keenly scouring the screen To judge the agile from the docile, To assess the adept from the inept, To choose the winner From the losers All sitting in Solomon’s chair To do the above.

The debate is the thing.

Here No cheap drama of the political rally, Here No base speech of the idle and the vulgar, No shrill voice and tone of demagoguery No mundane politics Of the empty pledge or hollow promise.

Here only the nobler ideas and ideals of the mind Take pride or place To titillate the political soul of the electorate, On the campaign trail Candidates stand on the shifting sands of populism, At the debate The candidates stand on the solid platform of fundamental ideals And critical ideas.

With firm figures and facts to wow the audience With wit and humour to charm the electorate, The debate soothes the politics of rancour Binds the wounds of the mundane

Truly the debate is the thing.

Justice James Manage Ogoola is the former Principal Judge of the High Court of Uganda and a Justice of the COMESA Court of Justice in Lusaka, Zambia. He is the chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission of Uganda.[1] Previously, he served as the chairman of the commission of inquiry into the mismanagement of the The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.[2] He was an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court of Uganda. He is a member of The East African Court of Justice.[3] Wikkipedia. 

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