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Why we all need to kuba enduulu

If there are any lessons to learn from Dr Jimmy Spire Ssentongo’s online #Exhibition activism — which has seamlessly streamed into the
mainstream world — it is that okuba enduulu is a core component of our activism.

Enduulu is how we took care of each other and ensured safety of our communities. Enduulu is how we fought crime, alerted each other of wrongdoing and fought together. This old practice needs to be applied in this new world where our most troublesome thieves don’t go about with machetes and iron bars (small ones still do), but with letterheads, public offices and stamps.

They go about in V8 vehicles, designer suits and fabrics. Through enduulu — thanks to all those who shared details — a storm is raging in many spaces. We stand a chance to make politicians and fat-cat public servants accountable — by making them uncomfortable with their loot.

You see, the only way a thief gets emboldened is knowing that they will not be exposed. Unlike the late Sobbi Sserunjoji, many thieves want to go about like they are normal human beings enjoying the profits of their honest sweat. A thief does not want to be labelled and identified.

This is why they go about their business either in the night or under intense covertness. Notice also that the only authentic way these big thieves can be smoked out, made to feel vulnerable and uncomfortable, is if there are authentic receipts of their crimes: bearing their names and signatures.

Thieves have no problem with ‘allegations.’ Thieves have no problem with “generalisations” about criminality —where everyone is accused without a name being named. Only receipts – in the form of minutes, bank statements, letters of instructions or pictures of them in action — make thieves shudder.

In this era where the main thieves, the pain to our development, are men and women in big offices, politically appointed or ‘officially recruited,’ receipts are very important. They fear nothing except being labelled and identified. Yoweri Museveni told us that his and other thieves are mostly permanent secretaries, town clerks, sub-county chiefs and chief administration officers. But to catch these thieves who normally deal in big money, you have to have absolute foolproof evidence.

With exception of parliament where money is moved in sacks (we need more pictures of these), in many other places, big monies being stolen normally leave behind a paper trail. There is always a paper trail with some fancy labels, a euphemism for crime: an honorarium, a per diem, or other.

You would not see my excitement when Minister Evelyn Anite — in the spirit of the exhibitions — came out and made enduulu about the thieves under Uganda Investment Authority. The icing on the cake was that she encouraged us to demand that they return our public money whenever we see them.

The only reason Minister Anite’s message struck us deeply was because she also presented receipts of theft. This is the spirit that we need to drive on moving forth. A cannibal cannot easily walk to a butchery and buy meat. They will be wondering what has happened to them this time. After the entire world knows these are thieves, we could then publicly ostracise them, berate them when we see them on the streets, name and shame them on social media.

For sure, Speaker Anita Among can arrest all her opposers, but she must be having sleepless nights with all the anger and name calling she gets on social media. Dear secretaries, office assistants, lawyers, associates, janitors, drivers, administrators, in these offices, it is my firm belief that you feel the pain of this theft and failures.

For sure, even people in government — in supposedly juicy positions in public service or other — do not like the way we are governed. Dear people inside Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Uganda National Roads Authority, National Medical Stores, State House, Parliament, KCCA, and all those ministries, let your activism be letting your countrymen know.

Do not worry about doing big things, just share these receipts and return home to a big meal. In this day and age, where new technologies have enabled us the opportunity to share information privately and quietly at supersonic speed, please get those receipts, take a picture, a quick scan, a video, (a photocopy might be too much, but if you may) and share with the world.

If there is anything to learn from the Kenyan protests — there is a lot definitely — it is that the sharing and spread of legitimate receipts helps in many struggles. For sure, Uganda can work well for all of us, but we need to do this together. Enduulu. (How does enduulu translate in other languages of Uganda?).

yusufkajura@gmail.com

The author is a political theorist based at Makerere University.

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+3 #1 Akot 2024-07-10 16:42
NO to the tribalistic system & UNITY, with just ONE National Leader, are all Ugandans need, if they want Rwandese Museveni out!

Only UNITED, will Ugandans have the POWER needed to block & end Museveni's ownership of the zone formed by their tribal lands, then form the kind of governance they want!

Ugandans, please, NO to the tribalistic system NOW, then UNITY will save you!

Why will Museveni be protected with next fake presidential election, then bolstered with fake parliament, then fake local election, only to ensure Ugandans remain poor?

Have mps ensured constituencies are developed; good schools, good housing with running water/electricity...?

Soon 40 years of Rwandese Museveni & there is no sign Ugandans want him out, WHY?
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+1 #2 Oruk Charles 2024-07-11 11:27
Yusuf Sserunkuma, I tried to read your article but on the way I realised that, people like you, who have gotten the chance to put their foot under the desk, are the problem of Uganda.

You have read and continue to read books, you are heard and continue to hear about Countries where things are done in a humane way.

You read clearly that, the reason why in the Western world people are free and have the right to decide who and which party should be in State House and government, is because of respect for the law.
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+3 #3 Oruk Charles 2024-07-11 11:33
Yusuf Sserunkuma, in any country where the law is just a paper, that country will never have peace, huniform development, service delivery etc.

What can stop corruption in Uganda is ending the regime of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni not "Kuba enduulu." What is defeating Ugandans is how to end the regime of Museveni and his thugs in government.

Untill the day Ugandans will summon courage and do the Mobutu or Gadahfi type of change. That is the day corruption will end in Uganda. Popular uprising will never happen in Uganda and succeed.

So enduulu will never take Ugandans anywere. Corruption, human righ violation, intimidation, etc will not end untill Museveni is out of power, Period.
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+1 #4 Akot 2024-07-11 12:53
Quoting Oruk Charles:


..in any country where the law is just a paper, that country will never have peace, uniform development, service delivery...

What can stop corruption in Uganda is ending the regime of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. " What is defeating Ugandans is how to end the regime of Museveni and his thugs in government.

Untill the day Ugandans will summon courage and do the Mobutu or Gadahfi type of change. That is the day corruption will end in Uganda. Popular uprising will never happen in Uganda and succeed.

Corruption, human righ violation, intimidation, etc will not end untill Museveni is out of power, Period.


Thanks.

NO to the tribalistic system & UNITY with 1 National Leader are all Ugandans need to end Rwandese Museveni's ownership of the zone fromed by their tribal lands!
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0 #5 Akot 2024-07-11 13:09
Oruk Charles, thanks.

The educated in Uganda just help bolster Museveni by singing Ugandans to sleep!

Ugandans are locked in reading lethal articles that mke them forget the longevity of Museveni's time in post!

Tribal leaders turn blind eyes to subjects/Ugandans miseries while living well with tax money that is Museveni's pocket money!

So called opposition leaders take naive powerless tribally divided ruled Ugandans to fake elections to ensure Museveni's lifetime rule! Non calls for an end to the tribalistic system & to UNITY!

Museveni is protected on all sides by; tribal leaders, fake parliament, ministers, divisive opposition leaders who divide an already tribally divided, the poor working, the just poor quiet...!

Ugandans are a laughing stock in today world!
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0 #6 Kabagambe Rugamba Ge 2024-07-11 15:18
Enduulu in Kinyawanda is Enduru
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