|Rabbi Gershom'soffice in Nabugoye staffed with his loyal followers. It was nice to see that in Nabugoye religioin was not allowed to play any role in the Rabbi's election. Jews, Muslims and Christians all count amongst the Rabbi's supporters|
My apologies for having taken so long to update the blog. I have in recent years faced a number of family tragedies and illness.
When I was in Uganda last year I made it a point to visit communities I had not been to before and hope soon to write about them and also show you the pictures. Uganda is indeed a beautiful country although its people are suffering severely from the recent drought.
We who come from western countries have no idea what it is to stand for election as an opposition MP in a developing country. Uganda has for decades been effectively a one party state although it does barely tolerate the opposition. The opposition whilst allowed to field candidates in elections is not really intended to win those elections. In order that the elections are won by the ruling candidates all manner of tools from the gerrymanders manual of stealing elections are used. Voters and candidates are intimidated, votes are stolen, lost, ballots are stuffed etc etc.
|It was a long day for Musa's aged father. This amiable man has not only brought up his children as a farmer on his own but did his duty for the community and his rabbi despite the heat and the sun.|
This is where humble me came in. I was asked to be the elections observer to see that no foul play happened and to record anything that did happen. Some untoward things did take place but I was happy to see that my presence seemed to have a calming effect on the police. Beatings are not meant to be splashed in foreign news reports and that is the fear of the ruling classes in despotic countries when international observers are present and doing their job. I say that last phrase because the EU turned up in Mbale and manifestly did not do their job! They spent at the most and hour in the council chambers and a few minutes at the sharp end outside where the police had been using violence. I spent the whole day there and was rewarded with the beautiful sight of the Rabbi being lifted aloft and born away on the shoulders of his voters.
|Rabbi Gershom talking to a local reporter in Nabugoye|