Enough of the sugar coat; Playing the ‘ Christ-mass’ advocate.
Before I get down to the digging, let me share with you a Facebook post- it’s a trending post that I find ridiculously true. I also ‘copied and pasted’ as today’s saying goes from a friend’s timeline. I thought it would be relevant to my open letter to ‘The Empire State of 30 years’. Oh! Incase any one thinks that I’m calling for trouble by writing this piece, please calm down because I have got stake first as a Christian and secondly as a member of the 4th estate in this country.
“By the time Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni took power:
Apple and blackberry were only fruits.
Facebook founder, Zuckerberg, was still a 2 year old in dippers.
Nelson Mandela was still a prisoner at Robin Island.
SouthAfrica was still under apartheid rule.
Obama was working as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and was still 6 years before he started his 12 year lecturing career at university of Chicago law school.
well, I’m not trying to side with political personalities neither am I trying to campaign for anyone here. I have a role to play( I repeat myself) first as a Christian, then as a journalist/story teller.
Quoting John Adams, the second president of the United States, “Our Constitution was designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government…Free government rests upon public and private morality.” There for, It is not our government that has failed; it’s rather the church. This reminds me of a scripture In Matthew 5:13 that calls us (Christians) to be the salt of the earth.
Ok. That said, I would like someone to Show me any – Fundamental thing that works in this ‘Empire State of 30 years’ and I will show you a goat that has wings! There is something wrong with some- In Fact almost everything! From telecommunication companies cheating us, unexplained power shortages, the dollar fluctuating and the reasons are more political than economical- I wouldn’t be mentioning the dollar fluctuation if the reasons were vividly economical! That’s not all, we have police men that behave like wild goats on a rampage not to mention leaders that are on remote control without conscience of their own! Public servants are abusing their offices, Jobs are offered on technical know Who! Government vehicles with red and blue colored number plates carrying building materials and posters of the incumbent has become a common sight . Is that really non of my business? ‘Hum!’
Look at the So much money being injected in non developmental activities ranging from meddling in wars outside the country to spending heavily on campaigns, among other misappropriation of funds. Now, for how long shall the people wallow silently in this cancerous government? Have we not heard enough promises over the year? How many people actually take time to revisit the promises over the year? How many people actually take time to revisit the promises made by these people just to find out how much has been done and by what means and criterion?
Shall we continue to have a people that simply submit to an individual who keeps bending the waves towards his direction while promising unending mysteries? No way! Definitely No! Look at the bureau of standards for instance, how much have they done to ensure that Ugandans get quality and genuine products? We still have supermarkets that sell rotten meats, electronic appliances that are sold more expensively than should be, a lot of fake products on the market affecting the health of people who can not even afford basic health care! -30 years ago Rwanda was in a devastating situation but now the story tells itself dig through and check how their health system is doing. School fees/tuition keeps going high yet the quality of education and services rendered by these institutions doesn’t get any better after all no one cares. The government doesn’t care what kind of food is served to these children in schools, whether they have good living conditions or clean water at school, no one cares! What manner of savagery is this? Meanwhile, most of these politicians continue to send their children abroad because they also know that they had not done enough to make their own homes comfortable enough for their own families.
My fellow patriots, the issue at hand is bigger than just political parties or people who claim to have a vision as though everyone else isn’t good enough. Surely leadership comes from God. For some of us who understand leadership from a religious perspective we can’t just hold our hands at akimbo and look at our nation turn to ruins. Our society isn’t sick because of the government; it’s sick because the church has not made faith in the teaching of the word. Once we cease to win the hearts of men, it is inevitable that ungodly men will make their way into leadership and take the country with them. If we change people’s hearts with the Gospel, the people will change government with their votes. Government merely reflects what people believe in their hearts; it does nothing to form those beliefs. William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, wrote in the early 1700s, “Government seems to me to be a part of religion itself…Let men be good, and the government cannot be bad.”
You can call me a subjective journalist but I’m a subjective reporter using the facts and the truth to clean the dust my fellow story tellers have kept sweeping under the carpet. As a passionate story teller, my first duty is to the ‘masses’. The way to win this war and save the political character of this nation is to use the Gospel then out God given talents to change the moral character of its people. The church needs to refocus its energies back to the great commission that our Lord Jesus Christ gave us:
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen”(Matt. 28:19-20) ‘For God and my country’