Commercialisation of Politics and its Impact on an Already Strained Economy

This publication was authored by: Jeff Mbanga

Abstract / Summary

When the Electoral Commission cleared Maureen Kyalya to contest for the presidency in the 2016 general elections, making her the only female contender in a pool of eight presidential aspirants, she probably did not expect the campaign trail to be that gruelling. From the onset, Kyalya went about criticising the level of corruption eating up the country, and the kind of solutions she would undertake if elected president. Her messages on the campaign trail—usually delivered to a handful of people, rotated around some of the critical issues Uganda faces, among which are a failing health system and a weak education system.