Uganda can best be described as a country with junior ideas and adolescent behavior, despite achieving independence 51 years ago.
David Pulkol, the former Director External Security Organization-ISO says Uganda is retrogressing towards the colonial period and falling on its founding father’s dreams and hopes on what it should be.
He cites the education system, which has backtracked to the colonial period where schools have been divided into private, Universal Primary Education and International schools. Pulkol notes that during the colonial era, education was segmented into Asian schools, white schools, and schools for children of chiefs and Kings and those for the poor who would only stop in primary six.
Pulkol also cites the defunct railway line which, he says was key in transporting minerals such as cobalt, copper and Kiboko coffee from Kasese to Mombasa.
He says this changed in the 1960’s when Ugandans extended the railway line and made it the main means of transportation at a cheaper cost with routes ranging from Pakwach to Busoga lines.
Pulkol argues that if the ruling government was pro development, the rail line would have been connected to districts such as Hoima, Kabale and Moroto among others. He also faults the NRM government for promoting individualism, which he says has affected several sectors in the country such as the judiciary.
Joseph Bossa the UPC Vice President adds that the colonial period was slow but very progressive. He says despite the fact that President Museveni brags about high enrollment in school, most of the children in the rural areas are studying under trees.
He says instead of motivating teachers to teach they are intimidated, forcing them to provide substandard services to ordinary Ugandans.
Bossa also wonders whether there is progress when most government hospitals are still in the same state the UPC government left them. These he said are characterized by filled up latrines, lack of beds, medicines and poor staffing. He however applauds the NRM for the improving the road network, but says more needs to be done to allow easy movement of produce and development of rural people.
Bossa states that while most Ugandans will focus on the failing physical infrastructure there are invisible trends such as corruption, child sacrifice, loss of values and the division in the society, which retards nation building. It’s for this reason that Pulkol coins a prayer calling on God to save the country.