If it is true that General Elly Tumwine has started another ‘NRM’ and anybody have contacts, please hand the General my e-mail address, I am flexible, this is the Movement worth joining. All his objectives sounds good, it addresses my concerns.
My applause to this General is based on many factors. As I mentioned one time in this very forum, and not long ago, he is one of the few well trained military officers and as some people say, he seems to be serious. Where we have reached with our corruption, there is need for various groups of Ugandans across party lines to form a formidable force if we are to save the country.
Already we see the fruits of unity by the actions of some of our legislators (NRM and Opposition) who have teamed up to expose the corrupt. It is our country that is bleeding, so when Gen. Tumwine comes with his Acquired Immune Integrity Syndrome[AIIS] with all those promises, those of us fed up with the scourge, just say,” Hail, Gen..” It was exactly under similar circumstances that Adolf Hitler became an elected Chancellor of Germany in the 1930s. The Germans who had been fed up with corruption, poor economy etc saw light in him.
If this General can continue with his forceful character, he deserves all the support. You better volunteer, as for me; I would contribute immensely if called upon. I target the social service sector (education and health) I think I have an idea of what may be done to help address the issue. In the elementary and high school sectors for example, the following could be done:
There is need for all the four stakeholders to have clearly defined roles: students, teachers, the community (parents) and the government. The very first thing to do is for committees consisting of representatives of the four groups to meet to discuss the problems face and then come up with recommendations on how they think those challenges should be addressed. Each committee should come up with a minimum of 10 issues they think are responsible for the poor performance and also give at least 10 recommendations they think will help to address those issues. A committee at say each county/district would sit to sieve the challenges and recommendations to forward to the headquarters for implementation.
Also each county/saza should have one Board of Governors and one PTA that would manage the education affairs in that county, not the various separate boards per school, which are easy to manipulate by the head teachers.
There would be need to have few well managed private schools that must meet all the minimum requirements before they are given licence to operate.
We have seen how education sector is successfully run in other countries, and even in Uganda prior to NRM, some of those methods were very good. There is no good reason for parents to watch toilets get full and eventually get destroyed when they are within the schools, either they have been misled to ignore the welfare of their children or they have been ordered not to. The solutions to some of the problems are within the people, when we involve them in solving their daily challenges, the central government will not be overwhelmed.
There is need to use adaptive leadership approach as opposed to technical approach. The central government should let lose its grip on school programs because of politics, parents need to get seriously involved. For example, there is need to have one or two parents volunteering every week to oversee how affairs in the school are being run, in that the stakeholders will come to know of the challenges affecting the school, not to wait till the roofs or toilets have collapsed. Can you imagine that teachers in a high school can take six months without pay and the teachers cannot even talk? The parents, students and government would come to know the problems if parents are involved.
There is a lot that can be achieved within a short period of time since some problems arise from within, meaning their solutions are also within.
Peter Simon Okurut