The Alliance is a people-centred, value-based party that believes in the institutionalisation of political processes as a key to unlocking democracy in Uganda. Because you cannot give what you do not have, we are committed to not only talking about our beliefs, but practicing them internally. See how we propose to transform our country:
Right from inception, Uganda’s tumultuous political history has been largely characterised by individual interests being put ahead of institutions and ideals. As such, political power and leadership has been viewed largely as an end rather than a means through which to serve the nation. This approach has not only brought upon us a mismanagement of national resources through corruption, nepotism and patronage, but also a culture of divisiveness and intolerance to diversity. For many of our political elite, any other views other than their own is opposition and therefore a threat.
As a result of our personalised, divisive politics, we have become a nation in which those with power enjoy all the benefits of the country’s resources to the exclusion of the rest of the country. In a country with some of the most enterprising populations, a few connected people make money while the majority of our entrepreneurs are forced to close shop before their first anniversary. In a country that has historically produced some of the best doctors in the region, the vast majority of our people lack access to basic healthcare. Our education system, once the pride of the continent, now has on one hand a few model schools benefiting the economically able while the vast majority of our children settle for learning under leaking roofs or trees and outdated curricula. We are not only a nation divided along economic, political, social and ethnic lines, we are also currently suffering from a crisis of leadership.
We believe that the first step towards shared prosperity is to embrace value-based politics. After years of failure, Ugandans understand that promises alone aren’t enough. Those who seek leadership must be able to demonstrate in deeds, that they are committed to the values they speak of. The Alliance is therefore committed to identifying, equipping and supporting quality leaders at every level, especially at the grassroots. We cannot give what we do not have. Unless a party is comprised of quality leaders at every level, it cannot genuinely claim to be able to address the nation’s challenges.
Power belongs to the people. Because we recognise the urgent need to reorient our politics away from personal ambitions towards shared prosperity, The Alliance intentionally seeks to have input from all Ugandans irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, social class or status. We recognise the strength that comes from diversity and are mindful of the need to have traditionally marginalised demographics (women, youth and Persons with disabilities) engaged in our decision making processes. We welcome vibrant debate and constructive criticism as an important part of the democratic process to identify the best ideas on how to best lead Ugandans.
We recognise that no matter how good an individual leader is, sustaining any achievements they make requires that state processes and activities depend on institutions and not individuals. Institutions not only enable sustained growth regardless of who is in office, they also are effective ways to manage equitable distribution of resources. In cases where key decisions depend on individuals, corruption, nepotism and patronage thrive. The Alliance is committed to looking beyond the individuals occupying offices and focusing on building the capacity of the office. Our leaders understand that they are first among equals, accountable to their peers, who are our members. We are committed to transforming our country’s politics by not only grooming and fronting value-based leaders, but also building structures and institutions that will remain long after those that occupy them have left. Many of our country’s leadership problems stem from a lack of systems and institutions to check the power of individuals. We are changing that.