I saw the pictures of Lydia Draru, the said killer of Maj. Gen. James Kazini and couldn’t miss the trademark savage treatment of offenders by our Police. Much as Ms. Draru confessed to having clubbed the General to death, there was no justification for the Police to push her under the improvised steel seat at the back of a Police pickup truck.
Our leaders ought to learn from their foreign trips
I recently visited Singapore and was very impressed by the high level of cleanliness and seriousness in that country. Our tour guide described Singapore as “a country of fines.”
Dropping any litter on the streets and jaywalking [to cross a street carelessly or in an illegal manner so as to be endangered by traffic] attract fines. However, in Uganda some people litter the streets and jaywalk with no fear or sense of shame!
Why can’t our leaders borrow a leaf from countries like Singapore? It seems when some of them travel abroad, they waste a lot of precious time and money on expensive things and pleasure and hope to satisfy their own insatiable desires. As a result, they fail to learn or to identify useful ideas that could be replicated in Uganda in order to improve the situation in their own country.
God does not teach death for gay people
It is very wrong to base one’s arguments against gays on statements like “unAfrican” and “unnatural” and then discriminate against them on the basis of their sexual orientation. It is even more wrong to condemn them to death as if they were bedbugs.
I have no time for gays and believe the perversion can be fought with the right methods. Social exclusion and absolute use of force leading to the discrimination and murder of gays is not the right way to go. It is against international human rights standards, a standard Uganda will be judged by.
The worst thing is for a Christian or some other religious person to support the Anti-Gay Bill based on religious grounds or “morality.” There is absolutely no basis whatsoever to bring religion into politics because the only tangible benefit religion offers Africans today is love and hope.
If you think your God agrees to making gays a target for persecution and execution, then I can also subjectively bring out a quote from His lovely writings that says gays should be given extra love, forgiveness and kindness. Please do not use God’s great name to promote discrimination, state persecution and execution of human beings.
Don't pin your hopes on NRM fighting corruption
Heading to 25 years in power, the NRM is presiding over a country whose citizens are living in abject poverty, people are drinking from polluted water sources, there is inadequate care in most medical facilities in the country, people ferret in the bushes to get a few twigs for firewood instead of using electricity; must I go on?
And yet the country is haemorrhaging at the hands of vampires in government! The NRM party members are stealing from the country left, right and centre. Some of these crooks are disrupting investigations into their activities and whatever NRM spin doctor Mary Karooro Okurut says, it’s a fact that she sits with them in meetings where they try to explain away these insidious activities as minor indiscretions with excuses like: “just saving a local bank from Nigerians.”
Why didn’t they save the local Greenland and UCB? Now we are smacking our lips to receive Chinese money because the Chinese don’t care whether we kill our mothers and eat them, as long as we make them a buck!
The NRM is not only part of the problem, it is the problem. Ugandans should not raise their hopes too high. Yes, they will catch a few chicken thieves and some small NAADS officials but not the real thieves in high places.
Let's seize demographic window of opportunity
Apparently, Uganda has one of the highest fertility rates (about seven children per woman) as well as one of the highest population growth rates (3.2%) in the world. According to the Uganda National Population Policy 2008, Uganda will sooner or later enter a demographic window of opportunity.
Such an era occurs when a population witnesses a combination of factors, including declining mortality. This leads to a surge in the working age group of 15-64 years.
An increased labour force leads to a reduced dependency ratio. If such a labour force is healthy, educated, and skilled and with increased employment opportunities, it will save, invest and spur the economic growth of Uganda. With the increased unemployment levels, are we benefiting from the opportunity or will it be a mere demographic burden to the government?
Are our policy planners in the government ready to harness the benefits that accrue out of this window of opportunity?
Let us re-examine ourselves and come up with a formidable strategy to harness this demographic window of opportunity.
PopDev Consult International,
The old guard only want to eat
I was amused by those who were surprised by the former FDC national chairman John Butime’s turnaround and eventual return to NRM. They don’t seem to appreciate the unfolding events in Uganda in which the old guard like Eriya Kategaya, Aggrey Awori and others have joined an ailing party while young vibrant politicians like Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda prefer the opposition.
The NRM, therefore, has a squad of people in its ranks that are in the evening of their lives and only care about their bellies and not the future of their country. Therefore, people like Butime just want to eat and don’t mind about their dignity. The younger generation must come out to resist these fellows before it’s too late.
Derrick Kiyonga ,
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