For quite a long time I have noticed that the Uganda Law Society has always been vocal when there has been a miscarriage of justice, especially in the courts.
Recently, Dr Stella Nyanzi and a few opposition activists seriously disrespected Buganda Road court Grade One magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu. Some activist even threw an empty bottle at her as she sentenced Nyanzi.
This act of disrespect proved how some of these opposition members behave in public. On many occasions, the Uganda Law Society has written long statements advising government about the need to keep the rule of law. Their silence on the injustice against Kamasanyu is worrying.
Investigate the problem of street kids
I have been moving around Kampala and realized there are fewer street children now, thanks to State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs Hon Nakiwala Kiyingi and KCCA.
Infact 90 per cent of these children have been handled and some of them have gotten a chance of reuniting with their families. Others have been taken to special homes where they can be taken care of.
So, this implies that the system is working out like we expected. The tricky part is what if more and more street children increase since there are now opportunities to receive care from government?
I think government needs to take extra measures because not all these children are trafficked. Some of them go on the streets willingly, without the knowledge of their parents or caretakers.
Many of these children leave school or their homes for reasons beyond their control, such as family’s inability to afford school fees, beatings and other harsh punishments. We should also consider those inner reasons among the factors as to why some of them are on the streets.
Teso, the beauty within the Pearl
Embracing domestic tourism is the way to go for Uganda. And for that reason, many people should visit Teso region. Teso is known as the land of the wise. Located in the Eastern region of Uganda, it has a population of about two million people.
Previously, Teso faced developmental challenges such as poor standards of education, persistent natural hazards like floods and environmental degradation, poor infrastructure in terms of roads, accommodation facilities and poor advertising, among others.
The good news is that the region is improving. Today, the road network is better, while there is improved accommodation facilities to ensure tourists have a wonderful stay.
The Nyero rock paintings in Ngora; very beautiful sites with three major caves that depict the ways of life of the Batwa (from whom the Iteso originate); the first-ever aviation academy, are some of the tourist sites located in Teso region. Because of all this, I encourage people to visit Teso.
Subsidize security cameras
In the past days, private cameras have helped the police in arresting the gangs who have been terrorizing people. The recent one is of an incident of robbers who killed a boda boda rider in Mengo.
Therefore, the government needs to put low taxes on security cameras such that most people can be able to afford them. The cameras on the market now cannot be afforded by the common people because they are so expensive. If all cameras are on the low price, this will enable people to connect them to their places of residence.
The cameras the government installed are not enough. They are mostly on the main roads and not inside the suburbs where a lot of the crime takes place.
Let’s rename our roads
In 2017, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) developed a set of guidelines on how to name or rename roads in Kampala as part of its transformation agenda.
The guidelines emphasized the need for names that act as reminders of our local history, culture and citizens. The opportunity was to further reflect all aspects of the city and the country’s history in a fair manner to address or replace names which are considered controversial.
In a more recent drive, city lawyer Apollo Makubuya raised the notion to speed up the process of renaming some of the roads around the city. Back then, when Uganda gained her independence from the colonialists in 1962, we were still a young nation without major developments.
However, years after achievement of political independence, the African continent is still identified as Anglophone, Francophone or Lusaphone, which is inconsiderate because a lot has been achieved. Many Ugandans have sacrificed a lot to see this country move forward and deserve being honored.
I believe there are Ugandans that have done much more than what the colonialists did and deserve to be appreciated and remembered. Many countries on the African continent scrapped colonial names and named their towns and cities after their own heroes and citizens, and this makes them proud of their heritage.
I am not disregarding what the colonialists did for Uganda; we are still very proud of all the setting they put in place, the way the major cities were planned and they deserve all the respect for all that and much more.
Yes, they did a lot for us and are a big part of our history but we need to be proud of our African heritage because colonialists might have been the heroes of their time but generations have changed. Therefore, we need to consider the heroes of our times for such projects like naming roads.