Wanajamii, hii article hapa chini, imeandikwa na J. Buwembo, of the EastAfrican. Mimi nimeipenda mantiki yake; TUNATEGEMEA SANA WANASIASA KUTATUA MATATIZO YETU - KUPITA KIASI!! SIKATAI KWAMBA WANASIASA TUNAOWACHAGAUA NI LAZIMA WATIMIZE AHADI ZAO NA WAJIBU WAO - LAKINI SISI WENYENCHI PIA TUNA MCHANGO MKUBWA WA KUTOA KATIKA KUJIENDELEZA WENYEWE.... READ ON....PLEASE... == 0 ==Its not the politics, sir, its the mindsets that need changing By JOACHIM BUWEMBO My favourite photograph since this century began is of a street junction in Lusaka with the traffic lights showing both green and red at the same time. It is not a Zambian thing; typical African cities have public clocks whose four faces each tell different times. And my best story last year was of Rottina Mavhunga, the Zimbabwean woman who was paid handsomely by President Robert Mugabes government for finding a solution to the countrys economic problems when she allegedly discovered a stone that could produce refined diesel in a small forest. It is not a Zimbabwean thing; tell me one African president who has not given hours of audience to conmen purporting to be investors. At least Comrade Bob later had the woman arrested, charged and sent to prison for 27 months. I remembered the Zambian traffic lights recently when Ugandan critic Timothy Kalyegira noted that the most famous Zambian is Kenneth Kaunda while South Africas is Nelson Mandela and Ghanas to date is Kwame Nkrumah, just like Ugandas is Idi Amin and Zimbabwes is Robert Mugabe etc . After five decades of independence, the continent is still more preoccupied with politics than economics and science a la Nkrumahs seeking first the political kingdom. But the rest is taking forever to be added to it! And finally, Mr Kalyegira appears to be losing interest in pursuing intense criticism of President Yoweri Museveni and Ugandas contemporary politics. He is not the first. Kalyegira is joining the growing list of Ugandan commentators who are realising that it is not the politics which is the problem. Earlier it was Dr Munini Mulera, the Canada-based doctor who had spent years drilling holes in Musevenis policies and practices. Last year, the good doctor declared that his days of criticising the government were over. He had realised the futility of commenting on African politics. Then there is the loudest East African journalist of our time, Andrew Mwenda, actually a public intellectual in his own right. He had built a solid career shredding the Ugandan political establishment through his investigative researches. He too recently apparently threw in the towel, saying the problem is much bigger than todays leaders and that it needs to be addressed starting with the peoples mindset. Endorsing all these critics apparent change of heart was the public reaction, or lack of it, at the recent election results. There was a general so what? in the air. As the opposition was crying foul at the incumbents victory, the public yawned. The government gloated over its victory and the people went to sleep. They had just voted to maintain the status quo, seeing no viable alternative. Like other Africans, Ugandans have put too much thought and emotion into politics, instead of other useful fields. Fortunately, they seem now to be getting ready to invest their passion elsewhere. Hopefully, not all of it will go to the English Premier League, as it is now. That way, even as politicians bombard us with fantastic GDP growth statistics we shall find our own ways to save our people from dying of jigger bites, wearing second hand underwear and staring at traffic lights that show green and red at the same time.