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The Insider Job.

Uganda: what sets this nation apart? Is it the diverse cultures, the abundant wildlife, the most expensive infrastructure, the multitude of self-proclaimed artists or the comically endowed politicians? Whichever the highest bidder, the country has been no exception to the rude awakening of the disparities within and from other countries. Exemplary, the Corona Virus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19), the locusts’ invasion, the mysterious deaths of prominent persons and currently, the acclaimed economic aftermath of the Ukraine-Russia civil war. Though we have adopted some measures to combat the refuse of our challenges, these efforts will become futile in the long run, minus a thorough Inside Job: A joint, active, internal effort that involves Recognition, Prioritization and Patriotic measures geared towards subduing and erasing our persistent challenges.

This Inside Job begins with Recognition, that is, what, where and how can we as Ugandans
stand together to improve upon our nation. The recent COVID-19 outbreak sprang forth
innovations from great minds such as COVIDEX to alleviate symptoms of respiratory viral
infections and heightened the usage of local mobile applications like Akatale Fresh and Rocket Health Uganda to enable livelihoods’ continuity. These efforts are key drivers towards weaning off of exotic milk and prompting students to work more towards creativity to resolve societal challenges than the replicability of what the textbooks teach. Additionally, Recognition also involves pinpointing and adopting efficient, novel practices; we can jointly work towards embracing “less is more”. COVID-19 proved that a marriage can still last with only 20 guests attending the ceremony rather than the over 2000 posing an economic limp to the newly weds, and God can still respond to less than an hour of lamentations in front of a screen. Recognizing areas where we can save valuable resources, such as time and money, and simultaneously remain efficient is key in Uganda’s joint uprising.

Secondly, the Inside Job involves Prioritization of the available resources, that is, to make the most of what is already accessible to Uganda. Why spend a fortune on an insufficient batch of foreign, trial vaccines when local industries can be financed to produce quality medication that can sustain the entire country? Or better yet, polish up the incentives to expound innovations! A WHO 2021 Africa report shows that nine out of ten African countries miss their vaccination targets; the major barrier being our dependency on donor aid. Ugandans must realize that global crises dent all nations, and the first, logical focus for each is their own recovery and survival. Replaying Oliver Twist’s “Give me some more” to donors is not shunned here, Uganda still has a long way to go, rather it can be more irrefutable with a bowl in hand than empty manus!

Prioritization also extends to the people through the implementation of policies that make them better rather than bitter, for example, the taxation of commodities can alleviate the citizens if they in turn receive services worth the heavy input. Agreeably, corruption, the lack of patriotism, poverty and some culprits being more equal than others are the major pestilence upsetting any stringent efforts here but what are Ugandans, in their personal circles doing about this? Our prayers for leaders who will reverse any wrongs will be futile if we are not actively shunning the things that slacken the nation, for example, the uproar about the outrageous salaries of the Uganda Airlines and politicians with questionable academics communicated inequity in the salary structure of government employees and has prompted revision of the matter. The fear of what might happen if we speak should be triumphed by that of where the country is headed economically and socially if we endure the dysfunctions.

Lastly, a famous African proverb states: If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go further, go together. All efforts mentioned above come down to active unity. Different parts of the country are at varying stages of structural development, some cities with facilities closely panting behind those of middle class countries while others drown in the aftermath of long existing civil wars and climate flactuations. Agreeably, political and tribal objectives differ and can often stumble unity; nonetheless, problems have proven to be discourteous to any organization, political colour or finger signal thus necessitating more collaborations so as to heavily conquer any common enemy. Re-strategizing of inter district and inter regional collaborations can further hasten triumph over a common enemy.

In conclusion, playing the blame game, argumenting selfish motives and flaunting our dirty
political underwear is a great enemy to our country’s development. For God and My Country should not just tickle our ears; Uganda must take much firmer action against its challenges by diligently tidying up its house, jointly and progressively working towards better positioning of itself to defeat any challenges from the inside out.

Liz Kawalya
Elizabeth Kawalya is a Scientist who loves to know it all and to compel others to embark on the journey of finding out for themselves! Born in Bweyogerere, Wakiso district, Uganda, she was raised with six siblings by a single mother. She currently works as a medical laboratory assistant and part-time sous chef. Nature, the current social-political environment and personal experience are her greatest inspiration from which she creates original content with the aim of captivating her audience with accurate, relatable and entertaining writings.


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