Thursday, August 4, 2011

Uganda's first white politician plans progress - but reminds locals of a bitter past


It was Uganda's ubiquitous potholes that first made Ian Clarke want to stand to become the country's first ever elected white politician.

Now, after winning a landslide victory to become the mayor of one of the capital city's five sprawling districts, they are the first thing that the Irish doctor is planning to fix.

"The potholes are a metaphor for Uganda and for the state of Kampala," Clarke said, pointing at a group of labourers that had started work filling in one of the city's rutted roads.

"If we can demonstrate that we can overcome the potholes and keep our streets clean then we can show that things can change," he added.

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