“Man is by nature a political animal~Aristotle
We hear statements like,”for me,i gave up on politics.so much drama for one to take”. “Why vote?wastage our dear time and energy”
List is endless!
However much many would like to hide their heads in the sand,politics is just like a pimple,all swollen and easily noticeable. May be a little ignoble to the”sensitive” i mean who would want to be reminded of the presence of this irritating swelling.
Yet ignoring it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
Politics is something we may not be able to run away from,it’s part of our lives and how we respond to it makes a huge difference.
Enough of the detours,Last week President Museveni met with some of the top artists in Uganda among whom were musicians,fashion designers,actors and actresses as well as comedians.
The purpose of this dinner was to launch a campaign song for Museveni’s presidential bid,you’ve guessed right,he always come with a new hit every election time.
So one may ask,pshh what’s wrong with that?
Thanks to social media and whoever cared enough to plot twist,this went viral and has been reproduced into numerous versions.
From insults,to curses and even threatening to boycott the artists’ music has marred their fans’ reactions.
They feel that their “role models” have sold their country at the cost of tax payers money,they’ve been labelled greedy,hypocrites,selfish traitors and lots.For more info,just flock their facebook walls and witness for yourself,of course don’t be too taken up to laugh at the grammatical errors.
I honestly am yet to wrap my finger around what the artistes’ motives and all but this is what stood out for me in this whole thing.
- can there ever be a “hero”,just like in the movies where one forsakes all else to save his/her people from their “suffering” or everyone is only looking out for themselves and that the hero notion is for dreamers?
- Aren’t people expecting a little too much from these artistes? I mean if it is true that they were “bought” what would i have done in a similar position,self righteous and knowing-it all aside?
- So are artistes supposed to be neutral? or should they just silently support while pretend to do do what every their fans ask of them?
- What can be done about the continuous divide among artists in Uganda today? Has the “beef-strategy” now advanced along political lines?
- How much does ranting on social media yield results especially on Facebook where most people who claim to be patriotic don’t have the courage to use their real names but would rather conjure names from soap operas and the likes
- When will we wholly embrace the truth that Uganda is not what our politicians are doing wrong but us acknowledging that we too have a role to play?We do have rights to say and post anything,thanks to social media but with this comes responsibility and repercussions!
Lots of cents right? I hope you feel my heart though!
Enough of the drama,2015 and we still suffer from the same mindset that had dragged this nation through brutal bloodshed and no i’mnt saying we pretend that nothing is wrong but we can do better.Hate politics only hold us back from developmental reasoning and limits us to flared and injured tempers which rarely solve much.
Let’s learn to agree to disagree,express divergent views without losing capacity to reason.
Before i sign off,i must commend Ugandans on Twitter for being able to state their issues without derogatory comments and slamming anyone so far.I think that’s a better approach than dragging people’s private matters all in the name of “venting”.
Let me get back to my thinking cave,may be tempted to release a “two cents” chronology.
Keep being the change you desire to see and Uganda will surely be a better place for all of us!