Kampala. Former presidential candidate Joseph Kabuleta has announced his new political movement, the National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED), as a strategy to address economic challenges in Uganda.
At the launch of NEED yesterday, September 28, 2021, Kabuleta said the political program prioritizes politicians without offices in government but influential in their sub-regions.
He urged them to engage the public in developmental and effective discussions, thereby mobilizing citizens to fight for their resources.
“On average, the winners at the parliamentary level obtain 30 to 35% of the overall votes; and the remaining 65-70% goes to the losers. Therefore, that massive fraction of the electorate who voted for the potential silver and bronze medalists feels disenfranchised. Therefore, it is NECESSARY to harness these wonderful ideas of the finalists by giving them a platform to express them,” said Kabuleta.
The politician said NEED will also focus on discussions to change political dynamics in 17 sub-regions.
“The people who have held us captive for three and a half decades seek to control not only our wealth, but also our conversation. They have the machinery to control the former, but we must never let them dominate the narrative. We know that every meaningful change starts with a conversation,” he said.
Kabuleta said disadvantaged people can hardly aspire to better leadership and development if they are not well informed. Therefore, people should be as well aware of the natural resources in the respective regions.
“We should go back and create awareness, when people learn about this they will fight for it. The people who take our resources have worked so hard to keep us poor because a poor person can’t have a meaningful conversation. Our country is being taken away from us, so we want to make sure that doesn’t happen, so as people we should start talking about things that matter, and what matters are resources.
NEED noted that Ugandan politics is grounded in personality cults and the new dialogue will change the narrative.
“If we stay in the personality policy, there is no guarantee that we will not replace Museveni with Museveni. In the next policy dispensation, we want the issue of economic empowerment to be front and center.
Ali Babi, a member confirmed that NEED will change the mindsets of people, especially young people to fight for their overall natural wealth.
“Each region has its unique richness, so as NEED we are here to raise awareness of this richness so that people fight for it. Ultimately, we will all be economically self-sufficient,” Babi explained.