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OPINION: Huge hospital bills have exposed elite hypocrisy, will it pump sense in their heads?

Muhimbise George is a member of the Alliance for National Transformation (PHOTO /Courtesy)

By Muhimbise George

Following the hiking of hospital costs to treat Covid, Ugandan elites have woken up from their slumber asking for government intervention!

Whereas I sympathize with the victims & condemn the health facilities that have put wealth above health, I celebrate the fact that the elites have had an equal share of injustice in our country!

Whereas I may sound immoral, am not apologetic for I mean what I say!

I conquer with Dr Kiiza Besigye who said that elites are the most useless people in Uganda. His words are inspired by Napoleon’s quote that the world suffers a lot not because of the violence by the bad people but the silence of the good people.

38% of Ugandans live a hands to mouth life while 80% are employed by informal sector! Majority of these have suffered in many ways! They walk miles to access heath centres that have no drugs! They sell their gardens before harvest to pay medical bills while their children drop out of school because of lacking sanitary pads!

The Ugandan elites never talk about such issues! You hear them organising a car wash campaign to raise millions to treat a cancer patient abroad instead of demanding government to fund Uganda cancer institute neither will they raise resources to buy sanitary pads for girls dropping out of school!

They will criticise Bobi Wine for failing to articulate fiscal policy, accuse Dr Besigye for overstaying in opposition leadership or Mugisha Muntu for being too good for Uganda’s politics, but they can’t form better political alternatives! They can’t join those parties to improve them or fund their activities!

A certain Ugandan asked me to invite Gen Mugisha Muntu to officiate as a chief guest as he entered his new mansion! Later when Gen Muntu was set to visit his district, I called this guy asking him to contribute a tent & he told me, the most stupid thing he could do was to fund a politician!

Imagine such an elite, he would feel honored for a top politician to attend a party at his home which would raise his social capital but he can’t invest even a penny in a struggle to which this politician subscribes!

Our elites are actually the worst illiterates, intellectual dishonesty & delusion defines their lives.

And like a German scholar Bertolt Brenht once said, “the worst lliterate is a political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participate in political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, price of beans, fish,flour, rent, shoes & medicine, all depends on political decisions. He is so stupid that he is proud & swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child & the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted & flunky of the national & multinational companies”.

Majority of the elites hold influencial positions, but do they care about the country? They run banks but do they champion policies that give people affordable credit? They run brief case organisations which they use to swindle money instead of supporting communities! They work as policy analysts but they don’t initiate policies that help common people!

Whatever mess our country has gone through, has happened with the watch or aid of the elites. The shoddy works on public infrustracture, stealing drugs from public hospitals, aiding electoral fraud, stealing public resources, supply of substandard goods & services to government etc has all been perpetrated by the elites!

Majority of them don’t even vote, they claim that voting is useless! They don’t join politics claiming it’s a dirty game, whom do they think should clean it? When demonstrations are organised they go into hibernation, they want to watch others on TV, shouting “fight for us,” who will die for you when you can’t fight for yourselves?

Some will even tell you how they can’t talk because they want to protect their jobs or how they have young families as if those they push to speak don’t have families!

You can’t vote, you can’t demonstrate, you can’t raise funds, you can’t organise, but you want a well managed country, will it come from heaven?

When they join politics, they want soft landing & they join NRM where they can easily win! When they win they keep quite on issues that matter! The average MP in tenth Parliament had a master’s degree, but many of them were ever mute as if they carried watermelons on top of their necks!

But now because elites have been touched, the insurance companies that make them feel first class citizens can’t pay the huge costs, they are crying crocodile tears expecting us to sympathise with them!

Let them pay the money after all they can afford, Let their land titles be taken after all, an average Ugandan does have a land title!

Their exergutated ego & selfishness flew them up in the sky, they live luxurious lives at the expense of the masses, now that corona is dragging them down to the graves, they want us to put our shoulders so that they can be shielded, No, we shall leave them to fall flat & burst for one reaps what he sows!

Unless they wake up out of their slumber & struggle for a country where all of us can live dignified lives, no Ugandan will join their chorus & they will carry their cross!

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Muhimbise George, [email protected], 0787836515

The author is a member of Alliance for National Transformation Publicity Committee

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