By ANTHONY WESAKA
City pastor Joseph Kabuleta, has written to the Electoral Commission (EC), declaring his intention to stand for presidency in the forthcoming 2021 polls.
The journalist turned pastor said Wednesday, in his letter dated July 1, 2020 and addressed to the chairperson of the EC, Justice Simon Byabakama that he’s seeking permission to embark on holding nation-wide consultations.
- In the next few years, Uganda will become a proper oil producing nation, churning out in excess of 260,000 barrels of crude per day and the mining industry will take off in earnest.
- With proper investment, according to a recent World Bank report, the same period could see Uganda’s Tourism sector pull in an annual revenue of $10bn, about three times its current input.
- So in many ways we are heading into a golden era of Uganda’s wealth exploration; a fact that should fill the citizens of this nation with enthusiasm and expectation. But yet we know, sadly, that with the current leadership in place (or any ‘successor’ they might have in mind) most Ugandans will simply be observers rather than partakers in this wealth distribution.
- There is a ceiling that has been built over the decades that separates the privileged few at the apex of the income pyramid from everyone else, including the middleclass, who for so long have been feeding off the crumbs that fell through.
“This is to notify you that, in accordance with the Presidential Elections Act 2005, our client intends to carry out nation-wide consultations. In his consultations across the country, he intends to hold meetings with religious leaders, security agencies, pressure groups, political parties, public, intellectuals, academia, civil society organizations, business community and other citizens of Uganda,” Mr Kabuleta’s lawyers of Walyemera & Co. Advocates wrote to EC.
The letter adds: “This is to facilitate his preparedness for nomination as presidential candidate for the 2020/21 general elections.”
Kabuleta’s lawyers also appealed the EC to stand its ground as an independent government body to allow their client carry out his country wide consultations without any interferences by what he described overzealous regime agents.
In a statement, the controversial pastor said a vote for him is a vote for financial liberation; a vote to break the ceiling.
“That vote will, for every Ugandan, be a first step towards a country of our dreams; one in which government is our ally rather than our tormentor; a country where wealth is fully harnessed and equitably shared. A Uganda where growth will not just be figures flying out of budget speeches, but will be a formidable force in our pockets. That is a Uganda we all aspire to live in. One we are finally going to live in,” he said.
According to him, the oppressive regime is only as strong as the fear it imposes on the population.
“But when the people rise up, as we are doing now, they will encounter an empire that is very weak and crumbling; and is there for the taking. Our desire for change must be stronger than our fear. We have a lot more to gain than we have to lose. Great are the challenges ahead; but greater are the opportunities,” he added.
Mr Kabuleta, the founder of Watchman ministers, Uganda, now joins several people who have since shown interest to vie for the highest office in the land.
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“Why is Uganda a land of dreams fulfilled for foreigners but a land of broken dreams for Ugandans,” the lyrics ask, in Luganda, suggesting that it is foreigners who seem to profit most from this country’s resources. The melodic crooning sends Nubian Li, Bobi Wine’s vocal alter ego into early retirement.
“We are going to create a system that will guarantee that the wealth of Uganda will belong to all Ugandans, not just a select few who perpetuate themselves in power for that very purpose”. Kabuleta said.