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Kizza Besigye with Bobi Wine

Kizza Besigye with Bobi Wine

Ever since he joined active politics, the Kyadondo East legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine’s, status on the political scene has soared. 

But then again, Bobi Wine has become largely popular due to his negative marketing of Uganda and continuous criticism against the state.

I believe the Kyadondo East voters might regret for voting a leader who rarely attends parliamentary sessions but, rather, spends time in demonstrations, flying abroad for music shows and attending international anti-Uganda conferences.

Bobi Wine has mastered and interpreted Dr Besigye’s political book of demonstrations, popularity and attention-seeking from the public, media and foreign donors.

Whatever he is doing and saying now has ever happened in Dr Besigye’s political script. A case in point is the recent event when Bobi Wine left his home unnoticed by police and later reappeared during the burial of the former Bugiri LC-V Hajji Siraj Lyavala.

He celebrated it, forgetting that once, Dr Besigye also did the same and police got to know about it after some hours. I have come to realize that Bobi Wine is a bright student and I think Dr Besigye is proud of him for always doing what he did years ago.

David Serumaga

Teachers policy will improve education

Recently, Cabinet sat and resolved a number of issues, which includes the approval of the National Teachers Policy with the objectives of streamlining the teachers’ management for better productivity, discipline, retention and motivation. This is a sign of empowering and strengthening teachers to do their work.

In an environment where workers are motivated, it is automatic that absenteeism at work is not experienced, and employees’ commitment, satisfaction and efficiency improve.

This policy will also strengthen pre-service and in-service teacher training. This will enhance competence among teachers and enable them to effectively deliver quality learning outcomes and leadership at all levels of the education cycle. All this comes when teachers are given opportunity to upgrade their knowledge and skills over the full length of their career.

It is, therefore, good that cabinet approved this policy to reorient teacher education to ensure that teachers are furnished with necessary knowledge and skills to cope their new demands placed on them.

For a long period of time, we have been hearing and experiencing stories of employer-teacher exploitation, more so in privately owned schools. For example, less pay, overworking, sexual harassment, and many other issues that violate the rights of our teachers. This is because there has been no policy that protects them.

The newly approved National Teachers Policy will standardize teacher development, qualifications and practice across all levels of education. Good education requires good teachers because good results are got from the most capable and committed teachers.

David Serumaga,

State violence: where is the security?

In the 1990s, a then beaming Museveni would appear on TV promising security for both persons and their properties. Infact, this promise featured prominently on their Leninist ten-point program.

While parts of Uganda enjoyed tranquility, this was merely an assurance against a possibility of a past regime resurrecting. The main narratives were that insecurity in Uganda was caused by murderous and chauvinist northerners who were bitter for having ceded their colonial-era privileges of dominating the army.

Since 1986, a different group has dominated the army at every rank level with northerners and others marginalized to the periphery or even to corporate security.

Unfortunately, Uganda still experiences violence, insecurity and torture that are occasioned and complicated by greater uncertainties over safety of persons and their properties.

The legacy of war in Northern Uganda remains a major scar in the conscience of this nation for complicity, of its victims for being inarticulately ephemeral, and its perpetrators for genocidal intents.

Importantly, the post-war era has also transformed how Ugandans view guns and those who own or use them, as ordinary brutes irrespective of whichever region they hail from.

When Sgt David Ssali shot and killed Ronald Ssebulime at Nagojje in Kayunga district, a person already handcuffed in police custody, it woke up people to ponder whether this affirms Mr Museveni’s promise for security of person and property, or rule of law.

Extrajudicial killings have instilled in Ugandans of all file and rank, a pervasive sense of disillusionment in an unprecedented manner. The violence we experience now is sectarian, which signifies a shift away from its traditional frontiers of the bushes into stateorganized urban and rural crimes.

The cold-blooded murder of a suspect in police custody, however, reveals a deeper concern over the contempt security operatives have over the sanctity of life of civilians and even of their own.

Morris Komakech

Avoid self-medication

A large number of people do not consult a physician when they fall sick. They either consult a chemist and obtain medicine off the shelf or may consult a neighbour who may have some tablets left over his/her previous illness and readily spares them.

Self-medication usually involves common drugs, which are freely available.

Taking medicine to treat ongoing symptoms without seeing a doctor could mean that you are letting an underlying condition go undiagnosed.

Symptoms like persistent fever and rash could be associated with underlying medical conditions that require proper diagnosis to be effectively treated. In some cases, such as diabetes or heart disease, letting symptoms go unchecked could increase your risk of developing serious complications.

The dangers of self-medication can be life-threatening when inaccurate dosages are taken. If you take a dosage that is too small, it is not likely to be effective and your sickness might worsen. This can result in taking additional dosages in order to manage or relieve your symptoms, which can also lead to an overdose.

When you take multiple medications on your own, you run the risk of taking medications that should not be used together for safety reasons. For instance, taking Viagra and heart medications simultaneously can cause a massive drop in blood pressure and trigger a heart attack.

Some medications can affect the potency of other drugs when mixed together. This can put your health at risk by letting your symptoms go untreated due to lowered drug potency. Always ask your pharmacist about any possible negative drug reactions.

The practice of self-medication can, and does often, result in death. Your pharmacist and your physician are a team that is working together to help ensure your safety and maintain your health. Utilize that team by going to the doctor and communicating any concerns you have to them.

Derrick Majanga,


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