November 16, 2009

What's the point of my PhD?

I've just finished a chapter of my thesis. Most depressing chapter I've written so far. Writing about corruption and anti-corruption in Uganda left me feeling hopeless; stateless even. As prominent journalist Andrew Mwenda put it, in Uganda, Corruption is accountability. (Now I should put a link to his article here but I am not technology savvy enough so I will just copy and paste it):

http://www.independent.co.ug/index.php/the-last-word/the-last-word/3-the-last-word/2040-when-corruption-is-accountability

The long and short of it is that if corruption is accountability, what's the point of my thesis on the role of Commissions of Inquiry in Fighting Corruption in Uganda? No point. I have little wind left in my sails, but there's no giving up now. I'll have to figure it out somehow and hopefully, still make my modest contribution to knowledge. Thing is, who wants to be modest when you could be changing the world? Looks like my dream of changing Uganda will have to remain just that - a dream.


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