“My humble prayer today is that every Ugandan can stand up and realise their power to change the status quo and join the struggle to end anarchy, create employment, fight against corruption…..” MP Betty Aol.
Gulu—8 October 2020: On Friday 9 October 2020, Uganda will celebrate 58 years of independence.
For 35 years, the country has been ruled by the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party founder, Chairman Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Under his leadership, the country has seen highs and lows, with wider condemnation coming from opposition political parties and individuals.
The opposition groups and individuals have accused president Museveni of using brutal force to suppress their political activities, undermining democracy, among other claims.
One particular political party that has faced it rough since inception, over fifteen years ago, is Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party.
The FDC founding member and its first party president, Dr Kizza Besigye, got arrested and detained more than 100 times by regime security forces for staging and championing many demonstrations across the country.
On Thursday, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Hon Betty Aol Ochan says 35 years of Museveni’s rule affected the majority of hungry and angry Ugandans seeking for change.
Below, Aol, who’s also the Gulu Municipality MP, had this to say—verbatim:
Tomorrow, we shall be celebrating 58 years of existence as a country ever since our forefathers in the struggle led by Dr. Apollo Milton Obote secured our independence from the foreigners.
Very true and prudent for us to celebrate the transition of our country’s leadership from foreigners to Ugandans and again very sad for us because power has not since then shifted fully to the people of Uganda by the will of the people but to a 1% of Ugandans against the will of the people as regimes have come and gone.
As for the case of the last 35years, it has been agony and anarchy for the hungry and angry majority of Ugandans seeking change.
Corruption at its pick, poor health facilities, exclusion of many in state policy planning, poor education facilities for generations to come, persecution and suffocation of the voice of poor Ugandans as trade and agriculture have grossly been destroyed by the ruling party. And women plus PWDs underrated.
My humble prayer today is that every Ugandan can stand up and realise their power to change the status quo and join the struggle to end anarchy, create employment, fight against corruption, poor health and education facilities by breaking the silence for “at the end, we remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our neighbours.” (Martin Luther).
The 58th Independence will be commemorated under the theme: “Celebrating Uganda’s Steady Progress towards economic take off and self-sustaining economic growth”
Due to COVID-19 pandemic and surge in the country, the celebration will be held at State House Entebbe with limited numbers of people invited.