The New Year was ushered in with pomp, fireworks and screams of joy as it usually happens. Although we are yet to have spectacular fireworks displays like Australia as well as countries in Europe, what we have is enough to make crowds get out of their homes to find great places to catch the displays. As with all new years, there are great expectations laid upon 2018 at community and individual levels.
The year 2017 was a mixed bag. It was the year that put on display for many to see, the havoc that the land grabbing, especially by well-to-do-people, has caused. It was the year we lost national figures, including former Kampala Mayor, John Ssebaana Kizito, Dr Margaret Mungherera and former AIGP, Felix Kaweesi.
It was the year that saw the age limit Bill passed, even though it looked like many Ugandans were against its passing. 2017 was also the year that saw memorable moments, such as Uganda playing in the African Cup of Nations, 39 years after the last time it played in the Cup. In infrastructure, the year has seen works on the new cable stayed bridge across the River Nile, progress well.
Each year will come with both the good and the bad. So as 2018 starts, it is best that we brace ourselves for both. New Year resolutions are met with mixed emotions. While one half seem to think it is a brilliant idea, the other feel it is useless and prefer to let the year get on believing what will be.
Whatever our thoughts, as a nation we must not just plan for the year, but resolve to have the plans come to fruition. This means that our plans must indeed be ambitious, but measurable, with proper objectives and timelines.
It is our prayer that the government will realise that it exists to provide good services for the people and will, therefore, put funds, efforts and time in the sectors that are still struggling such as health, education and agriculture. It is also our prayer that the leaders in different sectors – politics, religion and service delivery will actually sit and listen to the people, and thereafter, work towards providing what they need.
Experience has shown that when a leader listens to their people or at least recognises what their deepest needs are and works towards providing for those needs, they will strike the right chord and both the leader and the people will be just that - a little bit happier.
Happy new year to you all.
The issue: New year hopes
Our view: Experience has shown that when a leader listens to their people or at least recognises what their deepest needs are and works towards providing for those needs, they will strike the right chord and both the leader and the people will be just that - little bit happier.