THE CORRUPTION WILL: The life, love and legacy of NRM government to Uganda

John Kamurinde is the author of the slavery in modern education (PHOTO /Courtesy)

“………… when we miss the primary purpose of education, it then loses authenticity and it becomes a vector of modern vices. What is certain is a society in fragility. There is a possibility of training lawyers that will grab people’s land titles, politicians that become slave masters, medical officers that become transactional units etc.

The student will gradually slide into slavery of the circumstances. She will stumble in the face of ideal human principles because she simply lost herself in the educational process. It follows that modern education is simply training market slaves and thus principles of humanity were displaced from the education table.

The graduate is synthetic devoid of steel to resist the corruption voice. The integral human education of the student is missing. It is an end game…”. See: KAMURINDE John on THE SLAVERY IN MODERN EDUCATION-The Human Dignity is Not for Sale.

It is the duty of the party in government to set a pace at which society should progress both politically and economically. And it is a duty of the opposition or the in waiting government to offer constructive guidance. What is certain is that in the NRM time, corruption is getting entrenched in the government and society nerves. Well, in my opinion this can be attributed the following:
-the general fatigue of government
-poor education system
-priority in ideology
And political means of production. As I shall explain hereunder in the subsequent paragraphs.

I must note that corruption is one virus that slowly eats the effectiveness of the state. Thus, the final collapse of NRM is attributed to this.
In the circumstances NRM leaves Uganda with a corruption will tainted with political hopelessness unless otherwise.
Corruption and his counterparts are in the journey to the corruption hill for the final capture of the state. We must however appreciate the fact that the movement of corruption and its perseverance has something to whisper to us especially about its origin. The never-ending corruption in NRM is premised on its number one objective which is political consolidation. Thus, they can tolerate corruption in the circumstances that their power is threatened.
The corruption missionaries are already in parliament, the church, the judicially, state house and their final destiny is the hill for final execution of the staggering state. The missionaries are on the way to the overthrow of the state soul.
The report below, about the state of corruption in Uganda is elaborate about the network of corruption missionaries in different arms of government. A report from AFRO-BAROMETER (Dispatch No. 435 of 24th March 2021) outlines the following:
-73% of Ugandans think that the government is not doing a good job in the fight against corruption. See: page 2 of the report.
-Ugandans perceive 68% of the police and 44% of the magistrates and the judges to be corrupt. The perception of corruption in the judiciary by Ugandans increased by 15% from 2015-2019 See: pages 6 and 7 of the report.
-Ugandans perceive 37% of the members of parliament to be corrupt.
Note: 77% of Ugandans can’t report because of fear of retaliation. See: page 5 of the report.

A number of legislations have been passed by parliament in an attempt to fight corruption. These include: The Ant-Corruption Act, The Access to Information Act (2002), The Public Finance and Accountability Act (2003), The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Amendment Act, The Leadership Code Act (2002) The Inspectorate of Government Act (2002) among others. Anti-corruption offices have been established to fight corruption in vain.
The information above shows that the institutions such as police, the judiciary and the parliament which should be at the forefront of fighting corruption are perceived by many Ugandans as corrupt. And that is why subsequently it becomes hard for the citizens to participate in fight against corruption and its missionaries because of limited trust to these institutions. I must state that setting up of anti-corruption offices and laws cannot be the primary strategy of fighting corruption, legalism does not substantially address the origins of corruption.
The behavior of government is a reflection of society. As society, its always proper that we examine our selves before blaming the political, economic and education infrastructure set by us. However, one thing should be noted and that is…that leadership has the supreme role to guide society as that is the basis of the social contract between them and society. Thus, in the circumstances that leadership uses its status to kill society then the population should waive the leadership mandate.
As already noted, the corruption legacy of NRM is premised on the following:

1. The General Fatigue of Government.

Given that NRM has taken years and in power, there is a likelihood of fatigue and the machinery therein may not have the luxury to enforce force against corruption practices. For them it is a game as usual thus they are not possessed with the capacity to fight corruption.

2. Priority in ideology.

It is clear that the priority of NRM is political consolidation. This had great cost because NRM leadership waived its hardcore principles on corruption to save itself from political demise. We have seen this happen time and again when the big fish in NRM are questioned about corruption.

3. Political means of production.

This problem is not only in Uganda but also other many African countries. Politics is seen as means in which to accumulate wealth henceforth it is commercialized. Well, I must say that this has the greatest contempt on corruption resistance. As the primary aim for such people is not leadership but transaction. People kill or get killed to get in or out of power…and we have seen this in both NRM primaries and national elections. Other political parties are not immune from this too.

4. Poor education system vis-à-vis weak institutions.

This is a big problem globally thus it may not be limited to NRM. In facing corruption today, I must say that education is a good start. Because it addresses questions of originality. The problem with modern education system is that it does not educate a student as an integral being. We have over trusted skill and knowledge as if they are resistant to corruption.

The question is. Can skill resist corruption? Is it durable in the face of corruption? For example, the weight of a school is measured by the number of 1st grades or first-class materials and graduates it has in big government positions and companies. We don’t undertake to establish how they perform and how they are helping to change society.

Thus, we must train our human resource to resist corruption other than gazing at penal legislation and prison as the only hope. Already Ugandans perceive the anti-corruption offices and the judicially as one of the most corrupt. Institutions and law however strong they may be cannot resist corruption. When academic institution’s aim is to train a market material not a human being, the we shouldn’t get surprised by corruption persistence. NRM has failed realize this education philosophy.

In conclusion, the NRM government is on the course of equipping Uganda with a corruption will because it is its life and love. It has survived on it as a form of political appeasement. It is in the state of no new reform.

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