today's Pick
Votes are now tradable goods - Dr. Mamphela Ramphele
Publish Date: Aug 13, 2014
Votes are now tradable goods - Dr. Mamphela Ramphele
Dr. Ramphele delivering her speech at the annual Joseph Mubiru Memorial Lecture in Kampala
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Maurice Okore

The concept of citizenship is yet to take root in the post-colonial Africa, the former World Bank managing director, Dr. Mamphela Ramphele has observed.


Ramphele was speaking at the annual Joseph Mubiru Memorial Lecture in Kampala on Tuesday. Late Mubiru was a bank of Uganda governor and the lecture is held in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the financial and economic development of Uganda.

Rampele said citizens in most countries are treated as voting fodder for those in power to retain their positions regardless of their performance in government.

"The political process has turned into transactional relationships between citizens who are wooed to vote in exchange for some material good: food parcels, blankets, housing, promises of jobs and other patronage," Ramphele said.

Dr. Mamphela speaking at the Lecture. Looking on is BOU Governor, Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile

"These are the hallmarks of extractive politics.  Even the vote is reduced to a tradable good rather than a tool for citizens to use to hold those in power accountable by rewarding and punishing governments on the basis of their performance in promoting prosperity for all."

She said citizens as shareholders of their nations have a responsibility not only to themselves and their interests, but to future generations who will inherit the institutions they build.

WHO IS DR. MAMPHELA RAMPHELE

Mamphela Aletta Ramphele (born 28 December 1947) is a South African politician, a former activist against apartheid, a medical doctor, an academic and businesswoman.

She is also a former Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town and a one-time Managing Director at the World Bank. Ramphele founded a  political party Agang South Africa in February 2013 and withdrew from politics in July 2014.

MAMPHELA  RAMPHELE'S SPEECH 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
No fresh cases of Ebola-like Marburg virus - health
Ugandan health officials said Tuesday that all suspected cases of the Ebola-like Marburg virus had tested negative and those held in isolation released....
‘I watched a crocodile eat my body parts’
IT took Godfrey Mugobi six months of treatment at Jinja Hospital and his wife could not tolerate it and she deserted him...
Museveni meets Commonwealth Secretary General
PRESIDENT Museveni and Kamalesh Sharma discussed issues pertaining to the 24th Commonwealth Heads of State and Government meeting...
ICC warns Kenya on media leaks in Kenyatta case
THE International Criminal Court on Tuesday formally warned Kenya for leaking confidential information to the media in President Uhuru Kenyatta''s case...
Bitter lessons from old Ebola frontline in Uganda
ACROSS the continent in Uganda, villagers who survived an outbreak two years ago describe how after the loss, the rebuilding of communities is tough and painful...
The International Criminal Court on Tuesday ordered the interim release of four suspects in former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba''s case to avoid their pre-trial detention becoming "disproportionate"....
Was Oscar Pistorius' 5 year sentence fair and just?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter