Uganda’s problem is politics of survival-MP


Hon. John Eresu, the former MP Kabermaido says Uganda’s biggest problem is its politics-the politics of survival [aka politics of the belly].

“You cannot judge the 10th parliament yet. There are many new MPs in Parliament. They don’t have sufficient legislative knowledge. It is still early days,” Hon. Eresu said while appearing on NBS TV early in the week.

He said the choice of a leader is the prerogative of the electorate.

While the constitution says at the age of 18 one can be voted into parliament, the electorate should consider experience as well, the MP suggested.

“The biggest problem of politics in Uganda has been politics of survival.”

He added: “You might be a good legislator on the floor of parliament but if you are not providing financial rewards to the electorate, you are in trouble.”

Eresu says he is not against multi-party politics, adding that in Uganda it is very petty and politicians are very selfish.

“The prominent caucus is the NRM caucus. Kyankwanzi is not a place for lectures but rather discussions. People have wrong information about what happens at Kyankwanzi. I have been there before.”

According to him, democracy is not democratic.

“It is a democracy of the majority. It is a suppression of the minority.”

On the other hand, Robert Rutaro, a Staff at NRM Secretariat, the opposition don’t want to appreciate the good things.

“We are seeing a lot of work being done in the oil sector. People have started receiving their licenses,” Rutaro said on Friday.

He gave 80% to NRM and President Museveni so far in the first 100 days.

“100 days are very many to estimate the president’s performance. In just two weeks, he directed ISOs to investigate corruption. The government has done significant work,” he noted.

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