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Opinion: Here Is How The Black Monday Movement Is Doomed To Fail

viagra 100mg http://civilianpeaceservice.ca/wp-includes/load.php geneva;”>I joined the movement willingly because of the professed cause for which it stands. While I have since its inception participated actively (I am sure some of you saw me on point black with AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi hurling all sorts of insults on me), the architects continue to keep me out of the preparatory activities.

While I know that the architects including some individual activists have money from donors for the campaign, they never want some of us to know of it.

Consequently, in a bid to fight corruption, the Black Monday activists end up indulging in corruption. You cannot fail to account for the money you get for a cause to the members and you claim you are not corrupt.

The Black Monday campaign is destined to die the way A4C and 4GC died. They never died because they were banned by the police. No. they simply died because there was lack of transparency. Every Ugandan who knows me knows me as an activist.

I am not an activist because I have Master’s in human rights, not because of the constitutional law that I studied. Not because I actually have a degree but because since childhood I have always been impassioned for justice.

While naively many Ugandans are duped into believing that politicians are the most corrupt people, I want to authoritatively aver that the most corrupt elements we have are civil society activists – i.e people who work with NGOs and trade unions and want to portray themselves as anticorruption crusaders and human rights defenders.

I challenge any civil society organisation leader to dispute this.

I know of an organisation in this country whose executive director earns a salary bigger than that of KCCA Executive Director. These organisations will write research papers which have no impact on the people’s welfare whatsoever. They will organise regular symposia and workshops sometimes on a monthly basis.

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They will organise meetings for the elites – political, academic and civil society elites to talk to themselves without doing anything tangible for the ordinary citizen. Some of the Executive Directors are extremely arrogant and aloof and I wonder how they can claim to work for the ordinary citizens if they cannot listen to them.

I have for the larger part of my post-university years worked closely with university professors. I have proven that professors are the most knowledgeable people not because they teach in universities but because they are down-to-earth and exercise maximum humility. Celebrated professors such as Mahmood Mamdani, Joe Oloka-Onyango, John-Jean Barya, Fredrick Jjuko, Augustus Nuwagaba, among others that I interact with will listen to you quite attentively and if they have no time they fix an appointment with you. By so doing they learn from others as they also share their intellect with others.

Many Civil Society Organisations start on the premise of improving citizens’ welfare, fighting for their rights and being their voice. Yet actually, they start with a primary aim of being a cash cow for their initiators. This is high-level hypocrisy. You want to mint money start a company, pay taxes for the services you trade but you don’t start an NGO which in nature is not for profit. You need to get worried when you see NGO leaders chauffeured in very expensive fuel guzzlers as the citizens on whose behalf they claim to solicit money from donors are wallowing in excruciating poverty.

Such people don’t even employ critical people in their organisations but zombies concerned majorly with “Emmere ya Lero” or daily bread as our Lord ’s Prayer says. Civil Society Organisations are supposed to account to only and only donors and citizens on whose behalf they get funding. They account to citizens by way of fulfilling their mandate – implementing exactly what they profess to be their objectives and activities. They account to donors by writing accountability reports and audited accounts. Sadly, that’s what most if not what many organisations do. This explains why in a recent press conference at ACCU when a journalist posed that question, all the CSO leaders fidgeted with it and it’s me who gave the answer. We cannot rely on nontransparent activists to end theft and corruption in Uganda.

Mr Nuwagaba is a human rights cum political activist

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