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Your mail: The health of Ugandans at stake due to climate change

In March 2010, Bududa district was struck by a disaster that saw over 100 people lose lives and property.

This has been followed by a series of landslides in 2013 and the recent ones that happened in Sironko district in August 2017 which killed seven people. This is just a sample of how bad climate change is going to ravage Ugandans if action is not taken.

Climate change has affected the social and environmental determinants of health, clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter. Many Ugandans have lost lives arising from water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea.

With malaria being the largest cause of death in Uganda accounting for 27 per cent of deaths, the rising temperatures and flooding are a threat to all government efforts geared towards eradication of malaria in Uganda.

These hot temperatures and flooded areas are providing breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other disease-causing vectors. There has also been reduced food production in the country in the past years which has caused hunger and sometimes death like in Karamoja and Teso.

Malnutrition has also increased amongst Ugandans, which is seriously deteriorating our health and a threat to child growth.

However, there is hope as the government’s commitment to climate change adaptation and mitigation is becoming more practical with the drafting of the climate change law. Citizens should also be continuously sensitized about the effects of climate change on their lives.  

Asadhu Ssebyoto,
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Put a curfew on women movements at night

At least 20 women have been brutally killed in the areas of Nansana and Entebbe. Police and other security organs have tried to tackle the problem in vain.

Several arrests have been made but it seems that the killers are still on the run, which has created tension among women in the whole nation. Women are considered as vulnerable and weak physically.

I welcomed the idea of encouraging women not to move alone in the night but even this has not worked. Some women have been resistant to this strategy which has given the killers a chance to continue murdering them.

All avenues such as using crime preventers, Mayumba Kumi and the new proposal from the inspector general of police of recruiting prostitutes into crime prevention have been tried.

Using prostitutes is a good idea but not satisfactory because the public views them as immoral characters. I believe the final solution should be introduction of a temporary curfew stopping women from moving at night.

David Serumaga,
Kampala.

I am still reminiscing Okwi’s goal

Scoring a goal in a football tournament brings the epitome of full-blown euphoria. Take Emmanuel Okwi’s goal that momentarily spurred Uganda to the top of group E in the World Cup qualifiers in the win over Egypt, for instance.

Okwi used quick thinking and trickery to dance past four Egyptian defenders to fire a lethal strike into the bottom corner, sending the spectators and viewers into deafening frenzy.

So contagious is an attempt at scoring that it involves spectators’ participation which hinges on anticipation.

A team’s strength is its ability to score goals since it thoroughly subjugates the defence of opponents.

Readiness, speed and promptness are highly commended for a tactical striker. With Okwi’s showpiece, The Cranes’ wings, which he has specially fine-tuned, are already ready to fly, despite the setback in Alexandria.

Twaha Sserugo,
Khartoum.

The Kenyan ruling confirms Uganda’s biggest problem

Before MP Cerinah Nebanda’s death, she said President Museveni is Uganda’s biggest problem.

This belief was not limited to her alone but widespread among many Ugandan patriots.

Since Museveni captured power through the gun and continues to hold it through questionable elections, one of his primary preoccupations has been weakening and manipulating government institutions including the judiciary, electoral commission, police, etc, to work primarily for his personal interests.

This state of affairs has left Ugandans in despair, fear and dilemma of what they should do to see the man out. We have a government that has failed to deliver on many of its modest promises but Ugandans have no way of getting rid of it because state institutions have never been allowed to function independently.

In 2001 and 2006, court agreed that there had been electoral irregularities but they just feared to nullify especially the 2006 elections, as Prof George Kanyeihamba later confirmed, despite getting overwhelming evidence.

Maintaining the Museveni government is a very big cost on Uganda. That is why we have to pray so much that our judges and other institutions in Uganda learn from what has just happened in Kenya and start working for Uganda, instead of working for an individual.

Kennedy Kabonge,
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