Sunday March 9 2014

Youth should resist being used as political pawns

By Obed Katurebe

The recent incidents that involved the arrest of some NRM youth wingers allegedly championing Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s purported 2016 candidature was rather amazing.

The group led by Mr Adam Luzindana (youth chairperson Kampala), and Mr Omodo Omodo (youth chairperson Northern Uganda) are believed to have been traversing the countryside allegedly soliciting signatures from NRM members. These signatures are a form of petition to quash the Kyankwanzi declarations by NRM legislators that endorsed President Museveni as the sole NRM candidate for 2016 presidential elections.
Everybody knows and I guess these NRM youth know that the Kyankwanzi declarations are not legally binding in regard to who the NRM candidate will be come 2016.

Those declarations were just an expression of the retreating MPs who felt there was no need for the rather polarising contests since in their opinion President Museveni was doing a good job and was still illegible to stand. The decision of who will be the NRM presidential candidate will be determined by the three NRM organs i.e the National Executive Committee, the Central Executive Committee and then the National Delegates Conference.
What is rather comical is the way some youth are always more than willing to play the political pawn.

A few months ago, when renegade Gen David Segusa, a.k.a. Tinyefuza, was in the news having made unsubstantiated allegations on the person of the President, as expected, a section of youth cropped up, saying they are for the Sejusa’s cause. Of course they fizzled out as soon as their relevance ceased to exist. They threw across few tantrums maybe after getting some financial inducements and fizzled out quickly like the morning dew.

As a young generation that constitutes more than 70 per cent of Uganda’s population, our youth ought to realise how they have very many years of political relevancy a head of them. One wonders why they allow themselves to wallow into political contradictions of their seniors instead of curving out their own political path that is in rhythm with their generation.
Uganda’s youth ought to carve out their own political path devoid of the uncalled for contradictions of the yester-generation. This pathway must be laced with a new thinking but not necessarily in total contradiction with their forefathers but rather very brilliant and innovative in outlook. Comical stunts can only kill their political career and totally disorganise their thinking.

The youth who are full of energy and new ideas must reanalyse the ideas and concepts which have been thought about long time ago. They should demand positive orientations in terms of tolerance and multiculturalism as benchmarks of democracy and human rights.

By now, what the NRM youth should be doing is realigning themselves to grab very crucial posts in the party and constituencies come 2016. They should use their numerical strength to dominate the political space and keep the NRM flag flying high when the old generation finally retires.
Finally, Uganda’s youth must be imaginative and look at the greater good and shun quick gains that characterise political short cuts. Their political actions should be guided by insightful thinking and proper evaluation of their actions.

katurebe obed