Atubo does all this in spite of abundant evidence of the disasters that have visited those countries that have sought liberation from the international community. The first African country to seek international help for internal governance was the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1960.
The “international community” has been engaged in that country, having its troops there for the last 28 out of its 59 years of independence. It is perhaps the most mismanaged country in Africa.
Only recently the so-called international community intervened in Libya to liberate it from its psychopathic ruler, Col. Muammar Gadaffi. Consequently the Libyan state collapsed. Today that country is a mosaic of small fiefdoms ruled by extremely violent and belligerent warlords.
In Somalia the process of state consolidation was undermined by external interventions of a humanitarian variety leading to prolonged anarchy. The Central African Republic, which today is under management by international community, is a disaster.
In Rwanda, the worst and swiftest genocide in history happened under the watchful eye of the international community with its peacekeepers. It took the bold action of Paul Kagame and his RPF to end the carnage and launch a highly successful project of state reconfiguration and economic reconstruction. What more can’t Atubo see?
The liberation of Uganda from Museveni’s (or anyone else’s) misrule cannot be surrendered to the international community. It is our responsibility as Ugandans.
Foreigners can never know the internal accommodations, compromises and concessions that are necessary for us to build our country. Neither can we trust that their interests are our interests. Atubo seems to think these foreigners would be altruistic, devoid of their own pecuniary interests that may conflict with our own. This naivety led many pre-colonial African chiefs to sign off their independence with disastrous results.
But even if the international community were sincere and altruistic, the results would not be any different.
Atubo knows or should know how the most genuine foreign effort to liberate Uganda, that by Tanzania’s illustrious leader, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere to remove Idi Amin, led to disaster. In spite of his good and altruistic intentions combined with his lack of imperial ambitions over our country, Nyerere’s removal of Idi Amin led to state collapse. Anarchy spread. It was not until we had our own internal civil war and one side secured a decisive military victory that Uganda was re-launched on the process of state and economic reconstruction.
Whatever his weaknesses, Museveni has presided over a prolonged period of political stability and economic growth that has led to significant democratisation and poverty reduction. To ignore this reality especially by Atubo would be an act of overt hypocrisy.
He served in Museveni’s cabinet in the late 1980s and returned in the early to mid 2000s. Certainly Atubo could not have served in a government that was of such criminal nature as he describes. Otherwise the principle of collective responsibility should put him in the dock as well.
There are many governance problems in Uganda: state sponsored violence against the opposition, corruption and intimidation, etc. However, these problems will not be solved by one government and in one generation but through continuous struggle over decades.
Atubo admires America and he should take a leaf from it. They have had problems of slavery, apartheid, mass incarceration etc. The American system has improved over the last 250 years through small but steady improvements without seeking foreign interference. Atubo should borrow a leaf from America for understanding our journey.