Opposition activists For God and My Country (4GC) have described the educated elite as selfish and responsible for failing Uganda’s political future.
The pressure group launched in early 2011 to resent poor governance through public protests. However, despite numerous calls to the general population, most Ugandans still prefer to be inactive participants.
Activist Dr. Kiiza Besigye says the main problem is the elite class, who only want to come and get the share of the spoils.
He cites elite groups in Parliament, religious circles and civil society saying there is need to develop leadership outside the elite group.
The activists were responding to a question on whether since their inception, there has been any major positive response from the public considering they want to use the very same population to change power.
4GC national coordinator Mathias Mpuuga also MP Masaka Municipality acknowledged the reluctance displayed by the populace whenever they invite Ugandans to participate in their protests.
About nine people were killed during the walk to work protests in 2011 and many more others injured. Mpuuga says these killings were meted out to scare away people but believe the struggle for change will take a bit of time.
Besigye adds that the elite are opportunists who wait for the struggle to end then come to enjoy the freedom.
The opposition activists today announced that beginning next week on Monday 22nd they are going to engage in protest actions of various kinds in different places.
The protests are against misrule and government policies especially on the recently increased taxes on paraffin, mobile money, fuel, water, wheat and boda boda tax.
Mpuuga says they shall not pay taxes to fuel corruption by corrupt government officials. He adds that they are mourning the collapse of the economy with the recent announcement during the budget reading that 80 percent of the budget will be financed by the local population.
He argues that budget independence must be backed by a buoyant and resilient economy yet Uganda is an economy descending down with no ability to sustain its own budget.