Thursday July 17 2014

Why don’t leaders implement good things they see abroad?

By Leonard Kakinda

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah recently commented on the mediocrity in our Parliament. He noted that many MPs don’t carry out enough research and this affects their debating capacity during plenary. Many of them don’t discuss issues that should lead to the quick transformation of our country. He made these remarks after his visit to Europe where he attended parliamentary sessions in Germany and France.
Such exposure which leads to comparison and learning from others, especially those who did better in some areas, is very important for self improvement.

I am sure many Ugandans who have visited different countries will agree that we still have a long way to go in terms of development. When you visit many of these countries and see the neatness and infrastructure in their towns, the efficient service delivery, the protection and preservation of the environment, efficient road networks, the availability of employment opportunities, the love and concern of the people towards their countries, governments’ concern for their people and many other values, you realise that we still have a long way to go in order to catch up with them.
What is surprising is that many of our leaders have had an opportunity to visit such countries and seen how things can be done better. However, one wonders why they do not implement what they see when they return!