Leaders should show maturity
Posted Thursday, October 24 2013 at 01:00
The responsibility to end these fights lies on both leaders. Together, they have focus on achieving what they are supposed to do. They still have the advantage of at least two years before the next election to redeem not just their personal images.
Quarrels between leaders dominate most of the public discourse in Uganda today. The squabbles between Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and her Deputy Jacob Oulanyah—both key leaders in the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) as well as in the Second Estate emerges more prominent than the much needed legislative work the two are expected to superintend.
These disputes, some pretty petty in nature and substance, cause paralysis in their work and tend to define internal discussions within the organisations they are supposed to lead, which is unfortunate.
Similar quarrels and petty disputes permeate the rest of our leadership structures both in the party in power and those in the opposition. The resultant effect of which is that the country seems mired in a permanent cycle of pettiness.
This, unfortunately, affects critical discussions on service delivery, accountability and serious planning and execution to lead the country to the middle income status and development that we all crave.
Speaker Kadaga and Deputy Speaker Oulanyah need to show maturity, clean up their act and commit to leading a Parliament that addresses the aspirations of Ugandans. A Parliament that started with so much hope and promise is fast turning into a major disappointment.
The responsibility to end these fights lies on both leaders. Together, they should focus on achieving what they are supposed to do. They still have the advantage of at least two years before the next election to redeem not just their personal images and societal standing but the institutions and organisations they lead. The 9th Parliament can rekindle the hope it inspired in Ugandans two years ago.
We appeal to Ms Kadaga and Oulanyah to resolve their differences and work together to effectively perform their roles as expected by Ugandans. These fights, if not resolved soon, will only worsen the working relationships in Parliament.