The past few months have been politically scintillating, becoming charged ever since Mr John Patrick Amama Mbabazi declared his intention to contest for the Presidency of Uganda.

Since that time both his critics and proponents have shown a heightened level of anxiety, with many giving differing opinions about Mbabazi’s current station in his party, the National Resistance Movement, and the government, where he has served in several high-level positions.

Most prominent of the former Prime Minister’s critics are some serving Ministers and party loyalists, who have taken to bashing their erstwhile boss whenever opportunity avails itself; something that many say has ‘helped expose the cracks’ in the ruling party.

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Fortunately, President Yoweri Museveni, who is also the NRM party chairman, has elected to maintain a deafening silence, not making any belittling statements against his former ally and confidant.

Just like in every human endeavor or activity, in party politics, it is always advisable to respect the rules set therein, to avoid scuttling the collective gains already registered. This calls for civility and humility, because the two virtues are very important facets for any politician seeking to further his opportunities in any political organisation.

That said, if Uganda is to attain any meaningful development, it is important for all political players to put the country and its citizens before their individual interests.

It is only then that we, the citizens, will begin appreciating the daunting tasks of the people who lead us.

There is need for mutual respect among our politicians and countrymen

The past few months have been politically scintillating, becoming charged ever since Mr John Patrick Amama Mbabazi declared his intention to contest for the presidency of Uganda.

Since that time both his critics and proponents have shown a heightened level of anxiety, with many giving differing opinions about Mbabazi’s current station in his party, the National Resistance Movement, and the government, where he has served in several high-level positions.

Most prominent of the former Prime Minister’s critics are some serving Ministers and party loyalists, who have taken to bashing their erstwhile boss whenever opportunity avails itself; something that many say has ‘helped expose the cracks’ in the ruling party.

Fortunately, President Yoweri Museveni, who is also the NRM party chairman, has elected to maintain a deafening silence, not making any belittling statements against his former ally and confidant.

Just like in every human endeavor or activity, in party politics, it is always advisable to respect the rules set therein, to avoid scuttling the collective gains already registered. This calls for civility and humility, because the two virtues are very important facets for any politician seeking to further his opportunities in any political organisation.

That said, if Uganda is to attain any meaningful development, it is important for all political players to put the country and its citizens before their individual interests.

It is only then that we, the citizens, will begin appreciating the daunting tasks of the people who lead us.

 

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