Ugandan Diaspora News | Letter from the Editor | November 2012 | Election Test

Posted November 1, 2012 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Editorial ~ 4,739 views


Greetings from the US,

It has been a whirlwind travel time for me this past month. I finally got back to the US from Uganda and was greeted by Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast. Perhaps the most interesting thing upon my return has been Mitt Romney’s surge in the polls. How easily Americans forget–it seems that 8 years of Bush administration blunders are gone from memory and the mess that Obama inherited is now a thing of the past. In my view, 4 years is hardly enough time to undo 8 eight years of war on two fronts, largely thanks to Bush 43 and his mafia-like team led by Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. It is increasingly looking like an election based on morals and race rather than one centered on the issues affecting America today, even though Bin Laden is dead and the US auto industry, now thriving, was saved from the brink of disaster.

As I write this just days before the election, I am reflecting about what this election means for us as US immigrants. If Romney wins, what will be the ramifications across America and the world? It is never easy to embrace change but today America stands at a crossroads, divided along racial lines between the so-called red states and blue states. The message of Change that brought Obama to power 4 years ago has long been forgotten. The new slogans are now about getting Americans back to work and repealing Obamacare. Sad that a nation deemed one of the richest in the world has one of the worst healthcare systems.

But for me, the real lesson of the 2012 elections is seeing Americans take their opinions to the ballot, be they in support of or in opposition to their leaders, something that I feel our fragile democracies in Africa would do well to emulate, since the majority of the elections there are stolen by incumbents and their regime apologists. But whatever the outcome November 6, America will be a different place and hopefully a better one.

Activities to mark Uganda@50 continue throughout the year and come 30th December the second Ugandan Diaspora Social Networking Gala will be held at Kampala Serena Hotel. This year we shall also see an official ‘After Party’ held at Guvnor, Uganda’s official number one night spot. Plan to attend and network with both local and social business leaders back in Uganda. Details can be obtained from the link below

With an estimated 1 million Ugandans living outside Uganda, this constituency is now a formidable force affecting Uganda’s economy, foreign exchange reserves and intellectual capital inflows. The government needs to harness the Diaspora sector by encouraging Diaspora tourism to many of our national parks that could use the revenue. Uganda is home to more than 1000 species of birds, half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and boasts 10 national parks and game reserves. This past month I was privileged to visit and experience Uganda’s wildlife potential first hand and simply put this adventure was priceless!!

Foreign aid donor, the Republic of Ireland, is demanding accountability and the return of the embezzled money meant for reconstruction projects in Northern Uganda. More countries are coming out to cut aid to Uganda,  yet government officials continue to live opulent lifestyles,  with those accused of corruption bouncing back — some as ministers. This state of affairs has caused some to equate our golden jubilee anniversary to another 50 years of bananas given the number of corruption scandals and failure by government to combat this growing vice!

Oh Uganda May God truly uphold thee as we lay our future in thine hands!

A Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Ronnie Mayanja
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