MONDAY will mark the fourth week of the walk-to-work protests. The Police maintain that the demonstrators have not provided any prior notice of their intentions and are, therefore, acting outside the law.
The demonstrators backed by sections of the opposition, maintain that it is within their right to demonstrate a right unfettered by any law of the land.
What was ostensibly supposed to be a demonstration against the soaring cost of living has degenerated into riots and running battles with security agencies that has alienated a sizeable number of law abiding Ugandans.
The true cost of the demonstrations to businessmen both in actual lost sales and cancelled orders has not been calculated, but a guesstimate would put in the billions of shillings.
The promoters of the walk-to-work seem to base their strategy on riling unemployed Ugandans, who have nothing to lose and are the van guard of the stone throwing, tyre burning minority that have the rest of us living in terror on Mondays and Thursdays.
Uganda is not perfect. There are a lot of things the Government can do better. The businessmen and working classes of this country know this.
To ignore them and manipulate the jobless youth who, in any event, it is in their best interests to have a strong, vibrant and job creating private sector, smacks of self-serving opportunism.
If we held a poll tomorrow it would show that we overwhelmingly opt for peaceful, lawful means to reform our society.
The possibility of dialogue between the Government and the opposition should be taken seriously.
There is no place for intransigence when ordinary Ugandans are at risk of seeing the prospects of progress fading away.
We are all Ugandans and this is our country.
We are all Ugandans and this is our country